Units of Study

SCLG2618 - Violence, Imaginaries and Symbolic Power

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Craig Browne

Description

This unit examines the operation of symbolic power and diverse social manifestations of violence, from revolution through to eroticism. Of particular interest are social imaginaries and the way collective representations embody social creativity, legitimate social structures and inform projects of violent social reconstruction, including war, terrorism, nationalism and genocide. Social imaginaries are constitutive of nationalist visions of self-determining communities, capitalist wealth and social utopias. Different modes of critical analysis are introduced, like critical social theory, discourse analysis, and psychoanalysis.

Assessments

participation (10%), 1xgroup presentation (10%), 1x1500wd take-home exam (30%) and 1x3000wd research essay (50%)

Textbooks

unit reader will be available through the Copy Centre

Classes

1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2

Prerequisites

SCLG1001 and SCLG1002

Prohibitions

SCLG2566

Additional Information

this unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program

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