DIVERSITY DEMOCRACY DISSENT

GSD3DDD

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject measures the ideal of democracy against its capacity to deal with the diversity of the people. We look at how different identities, based on class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity (among others) articulate, negotiate and contest their place and (mis)representation in democratic life. We study the heritage of the concept of democracy in relation to its concrete manifestations in nation states, and compare how the democratic ideal of living together in a political community is debated in various contexts. Topics include: minority and equal rights within a system of majority rule; free speech, censorship and political correctness; the gendered, sexualised and racialised character of social recognition and economics (re)distribution; religious freedom and secularism; political activism, civil disobedience and violence; law and justice; and discourses of human rights. Texts include legal documents, petitions, government papers, propaganda, various media, and academic writings.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students should have completed 45 credit points of subjects in any discipline

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects GSD2DDD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate diverse positions/arguments regarding topics/ debate

Activities:
Identify different methods, concepts, data and theories relevant to specific deabtes;evaluate different approaches to validating knowledge claims and perspectives in adapting material to different institutional contexts and cultural environments.
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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02. Present brief and persuasive argument to peers that focuses on GSDS issues within democracy

Activities:
Present brief outline of current campaign/debate as if speaking to broader public; develop pitch of arugment through in class group activities; incorporate other views through referring to blog activities, readings and lecture materials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Produce an original piece of sustained complex written argument that can contribute to current public debate regarding diversity and democracy

Activities:
Research and access current public debate; compare with academic readings and historical bacground of debate; discuss with other classmates and lecturer during chat sessions and online blogs; identify problems and work through solutions in tutorials; write critical evaluation based on these activities
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Produce orginal, well researched response to relevant topic in GSDS

Activities:
Apply concepts, theories, methods to relevant topic; participate in library activities to form annotated bibliiography for research; develop plan for writing up essay; peer review direction of plan and research in groups.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Summarise research and arguments regarding key debates regrading diversity within democracy

Activities:
Summarise different positions in public debates articulated in media, activist propaganda,academic readings and policy/legal documents
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

06. Work effectively and cooperatively in groups

Activities:
Respond to others' reflections in online journals; problem solve research issues with others in group; share information and syntehsise different positions within tutorial group work
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarolyn D'Cruz

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Annotated bibliography and essay plan (equivalent to 1, 200 words)15 01, 03, 04, 05
Evaluative essay (1, 600 words)20 01, 03, 04, 05
Reflection on presentation and peer review (800 words)10 02, 06
Reflective and responsive blogs, ongoing and synthesised at end of semester (2000 words)25 01, 03, 05
Research Essay (2, 400 words)30 01, 03, 04, 05