Multiculturalism in Political Theory

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Multiculturalism in Political Theory

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit completed

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course focuses on whether multiculturalism ? considered as a public policy that recognises cultural identity in law and politics ? threatens or complements liberal notions of justice, equality and common citizenship. The first part of the course considers how liberal theory has traditionally viewed groups and group identity and traces the rise of multiculturalism as a new way of thinking about and responding to cultural diversity. We will pay special attention to the institutionalisation of multiculturalism in Australia. The second part of the course examines some influential recent theories trying to defend multiculturalism or cultural accommodation on liberal principles. The third part of the course considers some arguments that liberal multiculturalism does not go far enough in addressing cultural claims or else has gone too far. We will also consider the place of indigenous groups in these debates.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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