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POLS510 Community, Culture and Rights

Debates over the relationship between difference, cultural membership, and individual and collective rights in contemporary political theory that have arisen due to the increasing multicultural dimension of modern states.

This paper explores the challenges that the increasingly plural nature of most Western states poses for questions of justice. Do we need to accommodate and affirm cultural differences through public recognition, or is it sufficient to leave people to pursue their own ends within the limits of a common legal framework? In political theory, culture and identity have been centre-stage in recent years, with various attempts to accommodate cultural differences and many critiques of such proposals. Issues we address in this paper include the validity of human rights and universal values; multiculturalism and liberal nationalism; indigenous co-sovereignty; and the conflicts that often arise between cultural and gender claims.

Paper title Community, Culture and Rights
Paper code POLS510
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,614.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,400.00

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Restriction
POLS 402
Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper. Readings will be made available via Blackboard.
Paper Structure
  • Week 1: Introduction to Community, Culture and Rights
  • Week 2: Rights and Community
  • Week 3: Universal Values, Relativism and Pluralism
  • Week 4: Liberal Multiculturalism and the Right to Exit
  • Week 5: Toleration, the Politics of Recognition and the Case of Quebec
  • Week 6: Liberal Nationalism
  • Week 7: Immigrants and Multiculturalism
  • Week 8: Indigenous Rights and Co-sovereignty
  • Week 9: Gender, Rights and Culture
  • Week 10: Student Presentations on Research Projects
  • Week 11: Student Presentations on Research Projects
  • Week 12: Conclusions
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual approaches to cultural diversity in contemporary Anglo-American political theory and their implications for public policy
  • Show the abilities for independent research, knowledge of key theoretical issues, critical analysis and argumentation in their chosen research topic
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge in an oral presentation

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Debates over the relationship between difference, cultural membership, and individual and collective rights in contemporary political theory that have arisen due to the increasing multicultural dimension of modern states.

What does justice mean in the increasingly plural societies that characterise most Western states? Do we need to accommodate and affirm cultural differences through public recognition, or is it sufficient to leave people to pursue their own ends within the limits of a common legal framework? These questions have been centre-stage in recent political theory, with various attempts to accommodate cultural differences. Yet this new orthodoxy is increasingly under attack in both public debates and political theory. Issues we address in this paper include the validity of human rights and universal values; liberal multiculturalism and nationalism; indigenous co-sovereignty; and the conflict between cultural and gender claims.

Paper title Community, Culture and Rights
Paper code POLS510
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
POLS 402
Limited to
MPols
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Textbooks
Readings will be available on E-Reserve via Blackboard.
Paper Structure
  • Week 1: Introduction to Community, Culture and Rights
  • Week 2: Rights and Community
  • Week 3: Universal Values, Relativism and Pluralism
  • Week 4: Liberal Multiculturalism and the Right to Exit
  • Week 5: Toleration, the Politics of Recognition and the Case of Quebec
  • Week 6: Liberal Nationalism
  • Week 7: Immigrants and Multiculturalism
  • Week 8: Indigenous Rights and Co-sovereignty
  • Week 9: Gender, Rights and Culture
  • Week 10: Student Presentations on Research Projects
  • Week 11: Student Presentations on Research Projects
  • Week 12: Conclusions
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of contemporary political theories on issues relating to culture and their policy implications.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41