OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to contemporary work around the formation and governance of subjects and citizens as they are articulated in time and place, in institutions and discourses of public and everyday life. Dominant discourses and structures that govern people's subjectivity, identity and public life will be explored. This unit aims to address notions of active citizenship through mapping the relations between discourses and operations of power, including questions of selfhood and agency.

Unit content

Module One: Forming citizens

Topic 1. Locating Subjects and Citizens
Topic 2. Education: Training loyal and dutiful citizens
Topic 3. Media and family: Cultures of pedagogy

Module Two: Governing subjects

Topic 4. Modes of subjection: Govern/mentality
Topic 5. Governing Aboriginality
Topic 6. Governing sexuality
Topic 7. Governing disability

Module Three: Contesting power

Topic 8. Locating 'the people'
Topic 9. Unruly subjects: Law
Topic 10. New frontiers of citizenship
Topic 11. Activating the civil subject

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour  (12 weeks )
Structured online learning 1 hour  (12 weeks )
Lecture online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Group presentation OR Individual Citizenship Project30%
Reflective writing45%

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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