Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Designed as an advanced, interdisciplinary 'key concepts' subject for students in the social sciences, students will engage with key concepts common and central to the social sciences from a variety of disciplinary approaches. In addition to engaging with the classic texts associated with each concept (e.g. Foucault on power), students will consider examples of the concepts' application in their own and other disciplines. In this way students will explore both common and specific discipline-based uses of concepts. To successfully complete the subject, students must demonstrate familiarity with the classic conception of each concept and a range of different discipline-inflected approaches.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in Politics Honours or International Relations Honours or Bachelor of Legal Studies Honours or Bachelor of Arts Honours or coordinator#s approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be enrolled in an honours level course

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

03. Demonstrate excellent research skills, the ability to work independently and exemplary writing skills to a publishable or near publishable standard.

Essay, annotated bibliography

04. Demonstrate good team-work skills.

Seminars, small group work

05. Have highly developed analytic and problem-solving skills.

Seminar-based small group work, essay, annotated bibliography

06. Have highly developed communication skills, demonstrating initiative in raising ideas and questions during seminars and contribute thoughtfully to group discussion.

Seminars, small group work, oral presentation

08. Have the capacity to think and write critically about key concepts within the social sciences from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Seminars, essay, oral presentation

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Collins

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1000-word annotated bibliographyStudents will receive written feedback within two weeks on their abstracts and annotated bibliography, which will help them with their final research essay due after the semester ends. Students will also receive one-on-one feedback from the Subject Coordinator throughout the semester in student consultations # in person, in class, and/or via email.10 05
5,000-word essay65 03, 05, 08
Group oral presentation (2000-word equivalent, 5 min per student)25 04, 06, 08