Extends students’ understanding of sociological approaches to the self by examining postmodern ideas about the subject, emphasising contradictory impulses for individuality or free will and social conformity.
Students will undertake a more thorough examination than that offered in SOCI 213 of the tension between notions of perceived agency in self-construction and the impact upon those perceptions of cultural conventions and social practices that regulate the self. In SOCI 313 more emphasis will be placed upon the apparent socio-cultural paradox existing between perceived notions of individuality and free will on the one hand and forces for conformity on the other hand.
By examining the self in its socio-cultural context this paper will provide students with the tools to critically analyse the personal self and social identities as poles in a continuum of possible subjectivities. Students will advance their discipline-based skills by exploring specific case studies drawn from the recent socio-political and cultural history of Aotearoa New Zealand. These case studies are: the Internet as a site of self-construction, social change advertising, and social media. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to identify one case study of their own choosing for further detailed study.
|Paper title||The Subject in Postmodern Society|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- 18 200-level ANTH, CRIM, GEND or SOCI points or 54 200-level Arts points
- SOCI 303
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lesley Procter
- Paper Structure
- This paper is 100% internally assessed.
To be advised
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will have achieved the following learning
- A critical understanding of the way self and identity are produced and reproduced through contemporary social and cultural processes
- An awareness of the specific socio-cultural features of post-modernity
- An understanding of the tensions generated within post-modernity between the perceived free will of individuals and the impact upon the individual of social practices and structures that seek to regulate and control
- An awareness of the cultural diversity of contemporary society
- An ability to situate socio-cultural phenomena within an appropriate range of contexts
- A willingness to integrate theoretical constructs and personal experience of the socio-cultural milieu in which one is situated
- Critical-thinking skills
- The ability to communicate information and concepts effectively both orally and in written forms
- Research skills in both traditional and technological contexts