• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fiona Jenkins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course seeks to philosophically pursue a richly interconnected set of questions.

What is the relation between democracy as a political ideal and our capacity as a society to respect and foster plurality? If democracy is a form of mass rule then how can it honour and do justice to cultural and individual differences? Can we think critically about our conceptions of democracy and our conceptions of difference in ways that might give us new approaches to problems of multiculturalism, of the place of religion in secular societies, or of racially based exclusion? What is the place of tolerance in addressing our differences? and which political models can help us best in identifying the major issues faced by democratic nations today?



Learning Outcomes

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

The course aims to facilitate the development of (1) intellectual discrimination: the ability to pick out key points; to show a sense of the issues, to imaginatively relate ideas to contemporary issues 92) intellectual control: mastery of the material; coherent organisation; sensitivity to the use of concepts; ability to construct an argument/interpretation (3) techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses (4) a suitable  amount and quality of guided but independent research in the area of study, supported by proper notes and bibliography.


Indicative Assessment

1,000 word article review (25%), 2,500 word essay (55%), tutorial presentation (10%) and tutorial participation (10%).

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Participation in this course requires as a minimum: attendance and positive contribution to tutorials; 1 oral presentation; submission of assignments within deadlines or as agreed with the lecturer. Face to face teaching in the course consists of two lectures each week and a tutorial. Along with the minimum requirements, it is expected that students will:

  • attend each lecture.
  • catch up on the occasional lecture by listening to the digital recording on Web CT.
  • prepare for each tutorial by reading and preparing questions (approx 4 hours each week)
  • spend approximately 50 hours researching and completing assignments

This level of participation can be expected to amount to around 11 hours of work each week.


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of Philosophy (PHIL), Political Sciences (POLS), Anthropology (ANTH), Sociology (SOCY), or Gender (GEND) Courses, or by permission of course convenor.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4718 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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