|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Covenor and Lecturer
Contact via 9850 4096
ARTS Building B, Office 247
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
Australia confronts a number of persistent questions: does it live up to its reputation as an egalitarian country whose unofficial motto is a 'fair go for all!'? How have class relations been influenced by the mining boom and its aftermath? Are Australian women and men making progress toward greater equality? What are the prospects for ‘closing the gap’ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and more recent arrivals? Taking as its central themes, race, nation, class, and gender, the course is structured into sections addressing race and nation; class politics; gender and sexuality.
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|Quizzes||20%||No||23.59 on 11/08/2021; 1/09/2021; 6/10/2021; 27/10/2021|
Quizzes based on reading and lecture content.
2500 word research essay - details provided on ilearn
Participation in class discussion (either online or tutorials)
Take-home exam - details and timing described on ilearn.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Welcome to Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender. Australia has often been imagined as a nation where egalitarianism and a "fair-go" have shielded the general population from the inequalities and injustices faced in many other countries. This is a myth that is still pedaled in our politics and public discourse, but one that does not stand up to even the mildest of scrutiny. This unit will interrogate this myth through the lens of race and nation, and class and gender. We will explore the ways in which these categories have been constructed historically and how they manifest themselves in contemporary Australian politics.
There is no set text for the unit. Instead, key weekly readings will be posted on ilearn, as well as any supplementary readings. In addition, the week's recorded lectures and power point slides can be found on ilearn, as will a variety of other resources. To do well in the unit it is essential that students engage with the lectures and the readings, as well as with each other on the discussion board. Here students should aim to make a contribution each week, of up to 300 words. This includes responses to questions listed by the unit convenor and discussion with fellow external students. Students are expected to contribute and participate each week on the discussion board as they would in an on-campus tutorial.
|Week||Date, Week beginning||Lecture||Tutorial||Assessment|
|1||Jule 26||Introduction: Politics and Social Division in the Age of Covid-19||The political relevance of race, nation, class and gender in an era of global pandemic (but no need to contribute to the discussion board for this first week)||None|
|2||August 2||'Race' and the politics of reconciliation||'Race' and Reconciliation||None|
|3||August 9||The History Wars: Australian Multiculturalism in Question||History Wars, Multiculturalism||Quiz 11/8/2021|
|4||August 16||Immigration, Border Protection and Securitization||Immigration, Borders and Exclusion||None|
|5||August 23||Australian Nationalism: Whose National Identity?||The Politics of Nationalism||None|
|6||August 30||Citizenship and the Politics of Fear + Religion in Australian Politics||Fear, Religion and Citizenship||Quiz 1/09/2021|
|7||September 6||Class, Affluenza and the Environment||Capitalism, Consumption, and Environmental Politics||None|
|8||September 27||The Changing Face of Work and Industrial Relations||The Politics of Workplace Change and Industrial Relations||Essay, 29/09/2021|
|9||October 4||Mutual Obligation and the Welfare State + the Marketisation of Education||Welfare and Education||Quiz 6/10/2021|
|10||October 11||Feminism, Gender and Power||Gender inequality and women in politics||None|
|11||October 18||Exam Preparation||I will give a shorter than usual talk on how to best prepare for the online exam that will be at the end of week 13.||None|
|12||October 25||Babies, the Family and Same-Sex Relationships in Australia||Babies, the Family and Same-Sex Relationships in Australia||Quiz 27/10/2021|
|13||November 1||Concluding Remarks||No tutorial||Online Exam 10/11/2021|
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