Modernity in Crisis (PHIL2632)


This unit continues the themes developed in Theorising Modernity into the Twentieth Century. We will see how the new realities of free markets, democracy, the state and bureaucracy, individualism and cultural rationalisation presented new problems and opportunities and gave rise to new theoretical frameworks for their comprehension. The unit will focus on the work of Weber, The Frankfurt School, Foucault and Habermas.

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1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week


1x500wd tutorial paper (10%), 1x2000wd essay (50%), 1x2000wd take-home exam (40%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy


PHIL2532, PHIL3532

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