Controversies: Foundations of Critical Social Analysis
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- 28 Jun 2021
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of: (a) the process, value and relevance of critical social analysis; (b) a range of controversial and contested issues; (c) key concepts in critical social analysis including cultural relativism, objectivity, causation, human nature and scientific method;
- demonstrate a knowledge of, and be able to apply at a basic level, core concepts, perspectives and methodologies used in a variety of disciplines to a range of social controversies;
- display skills in evaluation, analysis, argument and written communication in their assigned work; and
- display autonomy and judgement in the planning, researching, writing and presenting of assignment tasks.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
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- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
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This introductory subject examines critical social analysis in the Humanities broadly defined, how it is conducted, how it is different from scholarship in the physical sciences, and why it matters. It does so by considering a range of controversial and contested social issues (such as the 'history wars', nationalism and identity, and sexual norms and practices), and the methods used by scholars in a range of disciplines to explore these issues. Students will be introduced to selected disciplines and how they vary in terms of core concepts, perspectives, methods of analysis and argument. In considering these topics the aim is both to foster the critical engagement of students in issues of great public importance, and to encourage them to reflect upon the task of critical social analysis. A key focus in the subject will be on the development of core skills in social analysis.
Assessment 1: 1500 words. Assessment Notes: Critical Review. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 2: 500 words. Assessment Notes: Essay Plan. Relates to Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4 Assessment 3: 2000 words. Assessment Notes: Essay. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4
- Assessment 1 (30%)
- Assessment 2 (20%)
- Assessment 3 (50%)
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