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Identity Politics & Public Policy PG (6239.4)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society




    This subject provides a comprehensive overview of identity politics and political differences in contemporary political life and public policy by examining the complex interplays of Australian national identity, Aboriginality, Asian identities, race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, immigration, sexual identities including gender, masculinities and gay and lesbian identities. The lectures will provide an overview of the key debates and policy developments in political, historical, social and cultural context. The course will explore how political identities are represented in the public policy process examining both theoretical and practical implications, as well as engaging with deconstructionist critiques of identity politics. The central question is how to negotiate the identity politics that are now in place and whether other forms of politics are feasible.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Understand the role of identity politics and political differences in contemporary Australian political life and public policy;

    2. Be able to understand the political significance of citizenship and distinguish between Australian identity and National identity;

    3. Be aware of the interactions between the politics of citizenship, Australian & National identity, Aboriginality, race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, sexual identities & sexuality;

    4. Have knowledge of the political implications of the deconstructionist critique of identity in international and world context;

    5. Have acquired generic research skills required to undertake critical reading, critical commentary, structural planning, research and writing design.

    Contact Hours

    At least 39 hours of classroom and structured learning a semester.


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