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Identity Politics and Public Policy (7072.5)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
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



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    • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (179652) - View
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    This unit provides a comprehensive overview of identity politics and political differences in contemporary political life and public policy debates. It examines issues surrounding Australian national identity and citizenship, with a focus upon Liberalism and the politics of difference and recognition. The unit examines how political identities are represented in the public policy process, examining both theoretical and practical implications in a national and international context.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    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; and

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

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thoughts

    Incompatible Units

    9559 Feminist Politics

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