The Sociology of the Public Sphere
Address the push and pull between private and public interests. Develop theories about how to build common ground for divided groups. Dissect what the public sphere is and why it’s often defined by people's differences instead of their similarities.
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- have familiarity with fundamental concepts and issues informing current debates within the sociology discipline
- be able to move between general theoretical and focused empirical materials relating to the public sphere.
- What is the public sphere and what's happening to it?
- Democratic solidarity: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1858)
- Internal threats to the public sphere
- Market society and the public sphere
- Prospects for the contemporary public sphere
- The structural transformation of the public sphere
- A theory of communicative rationality
- Reviving the public sphere
- Eva Cox: Australia as a truly civil society?
- Politics for the ranter and the individuality for the shopper?
- Democracy and the internet
- Mass media and the public sphere
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Sociology or International Relations before starting this subject.
No special requirements
- Tutorial essay (15%)
- Major research essay (35%)
- Weekly Online Discu and Report (15%)
- Weekly journal (35%)