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Arts

HSA304

Enrolment
Unit Code
Unit Title
HSA301 Race and Ethnic Politics
HSA302 Approaches to International Relations
HSA303 Media and Politics
(Not Offered 2012)
HSA304 Politics in Literature and Film
HSA305 American Politics
(Not Offered 2012)
HSA326 Green Politics, Parties and Governance
HSA340 Australian Foreign Policy
(Not Offered 2012)
HSA360 Tasmanian Politics and Australian Federalism
(Not Offered 2012)
HSA361 Parliamentary Internship
HSA370 Espionage, Terror and Global Disorder
HSD308 Business-Government Relations
(Not Offered 2012)
HSD311 Policy Practice
(Not Offered 2012)
HSD316 Public Sector Internship
HSD323 Sustainable Community Governance
HSD329 Global Environmental Governance
HSD330 Australian Environmental Policy
HSD331 Social Policy in Welfare States
(Not Offered 2012)
HSD341 Global Political Economy
HSD342 Antarctic and Oceans Policy
(Not Offered 2012)
HSD711 Research Thesis B
HSG300 Landmarks in Political Science
HSG301 Contemporary Issues in Government
(Not Offered 2012)
HSG302 Political Activism and Community Engagement
HSG303 Order, Violence and Justice
HSG306 Special Topic in Government
HSG307 Third World Development Politics
(Not Offered 2012)
HSG313 NGOs and Global Governance
(Not Offered 2012)
HSG314 Measuring Sustainable Governance: Assessment and Indicators
(Not Offered 2012)
HSG315 Problem-Based Learning Project
HSG316 Sustainable Governance Work Integrated Learning
HSP300 Special Topic in Policing
HSP314 Policing Practices
HSP322 Contemporary Social Issues and 'At Risk' Populations B
HSP325 Social Research in Professional Practice A
HSP326 Social Research in Professional Practice B
HSP327 Social Research in Professional Practice C
HSR300 International Security
(Not Offered 2012)

2012 HSA304 Politics in Literature and Film

Unit Level: Advanced

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HSA204

OFFERINGS

Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
HSA304 H
Distance(H,L,W,I,N)

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 1 H Distance 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012
Sem 1 H On Campus 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012
Sem 1 I Distance 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012
Sem 1 L Distance 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012
Sem 1 N Distance 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012
Sem 1 W Distance 27-FEB-2012 23-MAR-2012 16-APR-2012 01-JUN-2012

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

This unit can be taken in other courses
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DESCRIPTION
A dominant understanding in the teaching of politics contends that political understanding is reducible to scientific method. By contrast, this unit seeks to examine politics as an art and, more precisely, the way that particular idioms of discourse have constituted that art. In order to explore this understanding we shall initially examine how the political can be read through various texts of literature and satire, and visual texts such as film and television and, indeed, how political meaning is constituted through these media. In this context we will consider the work of Marshall McLuhan and Richard Rorty.

The second part of the unit considers the manner in which satire, the novel, nonfiction literature and visual text, inform and constitute contemporary political understandings and explore the psychological dimension. Here we shall examine themes such as: control by the state in George Orwell's 1984 (film and book); politics and resources in Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I; public policy issues and the "nanny state" in the film Leaving Las Vegas; the individual's motivation to spy in the book Operation Cicero by Moyzisch and the film Five Fingers; political assassination, the case of Reinhardt Heydrich; hostage protection, Chiune Sugihara; cult leadership, the case of Jonestown; and resistance and regime change, Joachim Fest's Plotting Hitler's Death, and Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall. We shall conclude with an understanding of the way in which literature and film examine the individual, society and the state. Other versions of 1984 and alternative films and visual texts may be substituted by agreement, and a list of suggestions is available.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT:

200 level: 2,000-word essay (40%), tutorial assessment (5%), 1,000 word minor essay (5%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (50%)

300 level: 2,500-word essay (40%), tutorial assessment (5%), 1,000 word minor essay (5%), 2-hr end-of-sem exam (50%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Int: 2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly;
Dist. Ed: web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly

FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS
Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Fully online - I,N,L,W
This unit is taught entirely online
   Resource supported teaching & learning - I,N,L,W,H
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
About Flexible Study Options

REQUISITE INFO
Prereq 2 Introductory HSG units
M.Excl HAC244/344, FST257/357

TEXTS
Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 1)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 1)

STAFF: Dr WW Bostock

FEES
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KEY

Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units - campuses A, F, G, K, Q and Y click here for more information.



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