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Civilisation and Its Malcontents (6 points)


Leader: Michael Stevenson

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The unit deals with texts that relate to the following argument: an important force in the making of contemporary civilisation has been the encounter, and its aftermath, between peoples leading distinctively different modes of life. One such significant encounter for example is that between native peoples of Europe and the native peoples of the Americas. The nature and dynamics of these encounters, often destructive to the point of ethnocide, also produce movements of criticism and opposition. The malcontents create forms of consciousness and organisation which, while modern in themselves, strive to counter the general destruction and alienation created by modernity itself.

Assessment: One research essay (3000 words): 60% + one review essay (1500 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (2 x seminars) per week

Prerequisites: Appropriate first-year ANY sequence or by permission

Prohibitions: COS3440

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