* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
What was Modernity, what was the Enlightenment all about, and why are these questions important today? Postmodern thought raises critical questions about the exclusive authority of reason, the fixation on old dichotomies and hierarchies, the obsession with objectivity, the assumption of an autonomous and free subject, the optimism of historical progressivism, and the belief in technology as a saving power. Postmodern discussions have had a profound impact beyond academic philosophy, in particular on literary theory and history. Our cultural self-understanding today is shot through with bits and pieces of postmodern criticisms. In this unit we will read and discuss key thinkers of modernity, such as Kant and Hegel, in order to better grasp what the project of modernity is (or was). We will then turn to postmodern thinkers, such as Lyotard, Berman, Foucault, Derrida, Irigaray, Caputo, Rorty, and Vattimo, in order to engage the salient points, strengths, and pitfalls of the contemporary critique of modernity.
ASSESSMENT: Level 200: 3000 words written assignments 60%, 2 hour exam 40% Level 300: 3500 words written assignments 60%, 2 hour exam 40%
TEACHING PATTERN: 1 x 2hour lecture per week, over 13 wks, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per fortnight over 13 wks
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web supported - H,L,W,I,N Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
Resource supported teaching & learning - H,L,W,I,N Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
Video conferencing - L A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.