The Critical Imagination

Subject 136-432 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

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Prerequisites: Admission to 4th year honours or postgraduate diploma in Anthropology and Social Theory, the postgraduate diploma or 4th year combined honours in Social Theory, or a Masters program and permission of the subject co-ordinator.
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Dr John Rundell
Subject Overview:

This subject explores the three currents that social and critical theorising grows out of: the Enlightenment, revolutionary tradition and romanticism. It critically assesses these currents through an examination of the works of key classical critical and social theorists. Students completing this subject should have developed an understanding of the central ideas of key thinkers in the social and critical theory tradition among them, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche; and developed an understanding of some of the key issues and theories including their critiques of modernity.

Assessment: A research essay of 4000 words, 55% (due during the examination period), and a class paper of 1000 words, 45% due during the semester.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:The Imaginery Institution of Society. (C. Castoriadis)
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in written and oral communication;
  • conduct independent research;
  • make appropriate use of primary and secondary sources in mounting an argument;
  • form defensible judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments.

    Formerly available as 136-078 and 136-546. Students who have completed 136-078 or 136-546 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

    Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)

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