• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr April Biccum
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course analyses the making of political identities in the contemporary world, beginning with 'the world' itself in the context of international processes of globalisation such as migration, development, nationalism, media and popular culture, tourism, transport and trade. It utilises critical accounts and post-modern theories of subjectivity (such as Foucault) to interrogate particular political identities: of state, citizen and nation; culture, religion and place-based identities; and trans-national, hybrid globalised identities and the idea of 'Global Citizenship' or 'Earth Citizenship' as articulated at the World Social Forum. Within this global frame, it pursues the contemporary debate around communitarianism and cosmopolitanism. It concludes with a brief consideration of how international identity politics might figure in determining Australia's place in the world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:

  1. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the debates and theories surrounding globalisation.
  2. Appreciate and understand the relevant theories that contribute to different understandings of globalisation and identity.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to offer critically based insights into global identity politics.
  4. Critically reflect upon the literature and materials presented in this course.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply relevant research methodology to this subject area.

Indicative Assessment

A major essay (60%) [LO's 1, 3, 4, 5]

  • 3000 word research essay

Short assessments and essay outline 2000 words maximum (40%) [LO's 2, 3, 4]

  • 4 short assessments will be given throughout the course.
  • 2 reading reviews (500 words each) to tie in with weekly workshop activities.
  • 1 reading evaluation (500 words) will tie in with weekly workshop activities.
  • Essay outline (500 words) in advance of the major essay due date will provide an opportunity for students to receive feedback on their major essay before it is due.

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One three hour Workshop per week plus 7 hours independent study.  Workshop consists of lecture, group work and visual stimulus.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS or GEND courses; or permission of the convenor





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1110
2014 $2478
2013 $2478
2012 $2358
2011 $2310
2010 $2250
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1836
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2454
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3090
2011 $3090
2010 $3090
2009 $3090
2008 $3090
2007 $2988
2006 $2988
2005 $2988
2004 $2778
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8903 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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