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POIR2010 – Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and Lecturer
Lloyd Cox
Contact via 9850 4096
ARTS Building B, Office 247
Wednesday 9-11
Vincenzo Scappatura
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

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.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate the ability to peer below the surface feature of Australian politics and its discourses to identify the underlying inequalities at play
  • ULO3: Understand and identify linkages between class, race, gender and Australian nationhood
  • ULO4: Critically analyse Australian politics and assess the ways in which it reinforces, reduces or normalises inequality/
  • ULO5: Demonstrate capacity to assess the extent that the media and new technologies impact – if at all – on the reproduction of existing social relations
  • ULO6: Demonstrate critical understanding of the interplay between discourse, ideology, structures and agency in shaping the makeup of Australian society in terms of race, nation, class and gender

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Quizzes 20% No 23.59 on 11/08/2021; 1/09/2021; 6/10/2021; 27/10/2021
Essay 45% No 23.59, 29/09/2021
Take-home exam 25% No 23.59, 10/11/2021
Participation 10% No Ongoing

Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 23.59 on 11/08/2021; 1/09/2021; 6/10/2021; 27/10/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

Quizzes based on reading and lecture content.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to peer below the surface feature of Australian politics and its discourses to identify the underlying inequalities at play
  • Understand and identify linkages between class, race, gender and Australian nationhood

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 23.59, 29/09/2021
Weighting: 45%

 

2500 word research essay - details provided on ilearn

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to peer below the surface feature of Australian politics and its discourses to identify the underlying inequalities at play
  • Understand and identify linkages between class, race, gender and Australian nationhood
  • Critically analyse Australian politics and assess the ways in which it reinforces, reduces or normalises inequality/
  • Demonstrate capacity to assess the extent that the media and new technologies impact – if at all – on the reproduction of existing social relations
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the interplay between discourse, ideology, structures and agency in shaping the makeup of Australian society in terms of race, nation, class and gender

Take-home exam

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 23.59, 10/11/2021
Weighting: 25%

 

Take-home exam - details and timing described on ilearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Understand and identify linkages between class, race, gender and Australian nationhood
  • Critically analyse Australian politics and assess the ways in which it reinforces, reduces or normalises inequality/
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the interplay between discourse, ideology, structures and agency in shaping the makeup of Australian society in terms of race, nation, class and gender

Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 10%

 

Participation in class discussion (either online or tutorials)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to peer below the surface feature of Australian politics and its discourses to identify the underlying inequalities at play
  • Critically analyse Australian politics and assess the ways in which it reinforces, reduces or normalises inequality/

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

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.

Unit Schedule

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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