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?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The course aims to facilitate the development of
- intellectual discrimination: the ability to pick out key
points; to show a sense of the issues, to imaginatively relate ideas to
- intellectual control: mastery of the material; coherent
organisation; sensitivity to the use of concepts; ability to construct an
- techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses
- a suitable amount
and quality of guided but independent research in the area of study, supported
by proper notes and bibliography.
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
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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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.
- Domestic fee paying students
- International fee paying students
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.