Contemporary Ideologies & Movements

Subject 166-108 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week
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Dr Jo Barraket
Subject Overview:

Is socialism dead? Can the Greens fill the gap? Is there too much political correctness? This subject is a survey and analysis of contemporary social and political movements emphasising class, gender, race, the environment and sexuality. Students will examine the ideologies of movements, the historical context in which they arise, and the consequences for politics. Students who complete this subject should be able to understand how political ideologies in the post-1945 world have developed; understand how these ideologies have helped to shape our world; and understand why there has been a backlash against the radical ideologies developed in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Assessment: An essay of 500 words 12.5% (due early in semester), an essay of 1500 words 37.5% (due mid-semester) and a 2-hour exam 50% (during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;

  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;

  • be able to communicate knowledge ideologically and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;

  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;

  • be able to participate in team work through small group discussions.


Formerly available as 166-007. Students who have completed 166-007 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Diploma in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Political Science)

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