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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to contemporary work around the formation and governance of subjects and citizens as they are articulated in time and place, in institutions and discourses of public and everyday life. Dominant discourses and structures that govern people's subjectivity, identity and public life will be explored. This unit aims to address notions of active citizenship through mapping the relations between discourses and operations of power, including questions of selfhood and agency.

Unit content

Module One: Forming citizens

Topic 1. Locating Subjects and Citizens
Topic 2. Education: Training loyal and dutiful citizens
Topic 3. Media and family: Cultures of pedagogy

Module Two: Governing subjects

Topic 4. Modes of subjection: Govern/mentality
Topic 5. Governing Aboriginality
Topic 6. Governing sexuality
Topic 7. Governing disability

Module Three: Contesting power

Topic 8. Locating 'the people'
Topic 9. Unruly subjects: Law
Topic 10. New frontiers of citizenship
Topic 11. Activating the civil subject

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate the importance of a historical perspective on citizenship
2 apply contemporary theories of citizenship and explain the relevance of those theories in relation to systems of power/knowledge
3 analyse the ways in which citizenship is negotiated on an international, national, local, group and personal level
4 reflect on the intersections between gender, sexuality, class, race, ability and ethnic identity and communicate how they are inscribed within an institutional setting

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate the importance of a historical perspective on citizenship
  2. apply contemporary theories of citizenship and explain the relevance of those theories in relation to systems of power/knowledge
  3. analyse the ways in which citizenship is negotiated on an international, national, local, group and personal level
  4. reflect on the intersections between gender, sexuality, class, race, ability and ethnic identity and communicate how they are inscribed within an institutional setting