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Power (MULT10018)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMULT10018
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The idea of power is a way to grasp the character of social relations. Investigating power can tell us about who is in control and who may benefit from such arrangements. Power can be a zero-sum game of domination. It can also be about people acting together to enact freedom. This subject examines the diverse and subtle ways power may be exercised. It considers how power operates in different domains such as markets, political systems and other social contexts. It also examines how power may be moderated by such things as regulation and human rights. A key aim is to explore how differing perspectives portray power relations and how issues of power distribution may be characterised and addressed.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the way power is exercised and operates, including key concepts and principles;
  • apply appropriate critical skills and methodologies to the analysis of national and international debates on power;
  • identify and engage with common methods of research in the humanities and social sciences;
  • approach critical debates in the humanities and social sciences with intellectual honesty, self-reflection and a respect for ethical scholarship;
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of scholarly arguments;
  • communicate knowledge and arguments effectively in oral and written formats;
  • work effectively, in groups and independently, to identify, discuss and critically analyse key issues in the humanities and social sciences.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • A 500 word bibliographic exercise (15%) due in Week 5.
  • A 2000 word essay (45%) due in Week 9.
  • A 1500 word take-home exam (40%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials, and 100% skills workshop attendance (3 out of 3 skills workshops), in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAndrew Dawson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week; and a 2-hour skills workshop in weeks 1, 2 and 3 or weeks 4, 5 and 6 or weeks 7, 8 and 9.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019