Multiculturalism in Political Theory
Area of Study
Development Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Multicultural Studies
Taught In English
30 units of credit completed
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe 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.
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.