Introduces students to the concept of ideology. It investigates the role of law in legitimising the ideology of western liberalism and global capitalism. Theories and thinkers are introduced and examined. The use of contemporary film to maintain capitalist ideology is explored.
Topic 1 Introduction to historical materialism and class instrumentalism
Base and Superstructure, Role of Law in Marxist theory, law’s coercive and ideological role; Marx on The Factory Acts
Topic 2 Antonio Gramsci, Cultural Hegemony and Louis Althusser Repressive and Ideological state apparatuses: “Ideology has very little to do with consciousness. It is profoundly unconscious.” Introduction to the Subject of the Unconscious; Hitchcock, Psycho, 1960
Topic 3 Slavoj Zizek:
(a) we are far from post-ideological
(b) culture as displaced belief
(c) culture as today’s foremost ideological battleground
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, 2006
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, 2013
Topic 4 Illustrations
They Live, John Carpenter, 1988
Argo, Ben Affleck, 2012
Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, 2013
Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, 2013
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood, 2014
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Critically analyse historical materialism and class instrumentalism in Western society||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
|2||Explain the concept of ideology and critique its function in maintaining social structures||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
|3||Interrogate the role of law in legitimising ideologies||Lifelong learning|
|4||Critique the use of contemporary film in maintaining and supporting ideological constructs||Creativity|
Teaching and assessment
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