The unit will focus on current ideas and debates about what 'theory' means for us today. Rather than taking a tour of the big thinkers, we encounter theorists and consider theoretical ideas through the lens of contemporary social issues, such as consumerism, technological change, the biopolitics of life, terrorism, political struggle, the student experience and the role of science. In doing so the aim will not simply be to apply the theories studied to so-called real problems. Rather, it is to show how theory is itself a practice and that thinking can make a difference.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Interpret original texts and discuss their implications.
2. Evaluate the theories encountered and assess their relevance to contemporary problems.
3. Reflect on the kinds of claims that a theory makes for itself.
4. Produce an argument supported by evidence.
5. Explain and discuss key themes, concepts and theories examined in the course with your peers.
Indicative AssessmentCritical Engagement Exercise, 750 words (20%), LO 1,2,4
Research Essay, 2000 words (50%), LO 1,2,4
Synoptic Essay, 1500 words (20%), LO, 2,3
Tutorial Participation (10%) LO, 1,2,5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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