POLIS 2125 - Citizenship and Globalisation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Citizenship has become a highly contested concept in recent times, not least due to the intensification of the process of globalisation in the second half of the 20th century. This course provides students with a broad theoretical and empirical understanding of the concept of citizenship and the debates and challenges surrounding citizenship in the 21st century. More specifically, this course will: a) provide students with a general understanding of the origins and evolution of the concept of citizenship; b) provide students with a general understanding of different traditional (ie state-based) conceptions of citizenship; c) explore the challenges posed by the processes and forces of globalisation - particularly population flows, multiculturalism and consumer capitalism - to traditional conceptions of citizenship; d) review the recent political and ethical challenges posed by cosmopolitanism - and the human rights discourse - to traditional conceptions of citizenship; e) explore the prospects, benefits and problems of moving towards global citizenship, or beyond citizenship; and f) explore the impact of all these issues on the meaning of Australian citizenship.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2125
    Course Citizenship and Globalisation
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study
    Incompatible POLI 2012, POLI 2125, POLI 3012
    Assessment Tutorial participation and attendance (20%), minor essay of 1200-1300 words (30%), major essay of 2100-2300 words (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Benito Cao

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lectures: Tuesday 12-2pm - Medical School Sth, SG16 [Stirling Lecture Theatre]

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. understand the origins and evolution of citizenship
    2. understand classic and new conceptions of citizenship
    3. identify and discuss the challenges faced by citizenship
    4. think critically about the many dimensions of citizenship
    5. conduct independent research utilising a variety of sources
    6. critically engage with relevant political developments
    7. produce coherent and well substantiated arguments
    8. express ideas confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully
    9. work with others in the exploration of relevant content
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 6, 7, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7, 8, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader and access to MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended resources such as additional readings, essay writing guides and referencing guidelines will be uploaded throughout the semester onto the Course Webpage located on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be utilised to upload additional resources, including recommended resources as well as links to news items suggested by students during the course for tutorial discussion. Lectures will not be recorded.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is comprised primarily of lectures and tutorials. The lectures will introduce the key concepts, theories and themes, using a combination of multi-media sources (e.g. slides, videos, web-links, etc.).

    The tutorials will consist of small-group activities and semi-structured debates on the weekly topics.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lecture attendance: 24 hours (2 hours per week)
    Tutorial attendance: 12 hours (1 hour per week)
    Tutorial preparation: 42 hours (3.5 hours per week)
    Written assignments: 78 hours
                Minor essay: 28 hours
                Major essay: 50 hours

    Total: 156 hours (approx. 10 hours per week)
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Introduction
    Week 2: Histories of Citizenship
    Week 3: Theories of Citizenship
    Week 4: Formal Citizenship
    Week 5: Substantive Citizenship
    Week 6: Australian Citizenship
    Week 7: Sexual Citizenship
    Week 8: Multicultural Citizenship
    Week 9: Neoliberal Citizenship
    Week 10: Environmental Citizenship
    Week 11: Digital Citizenship
    Week 12: Futures of Citizenship
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Tutorials will include small-group activities and semi-structured discussions designed to provide students with a fulfilling 'small group discovery experience'. Students will also be encouraged to work in small groups outside the classroom, including in the research and production of some of their assignments.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Work - 20% [weekly]
    Minor Essay - 30% [due date: tba]
    Major Essay - 50% [due date: tba]
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Failure to attend three or more tutorials without permission from the course coordinator can result in the student being precluded from passing the course.

    Essays must be submitted both in hard copy, through the Politics Essay Box, Napier Level 4, and electronically, to Turnitin. In exceptional circumstances (e.g. work commitments, students from rural areas), upon notification to and approval by the course coordinator, the Turnitin copy will be sufficient.
    Assessment Detail

    Tutorial Work: Tutorials are forums for free exchange and discussion of informed opinions, that is, ideas and thoughts based on reading and reflection, as well as places for raising questions and for the exchange of relevant information. All students are expected to have read the required readings in preparation for the tutorials. Tutorials will be assessed on the basis of the depth of knowledge on the weekly topic, the quality of engagement with the weekly readings and other materials, and the attitude displayed towards the arguments and contributions of others. Tutorial work includes the submission and discussion of news items on weekly topics. This activity will be assessed separately according to guidelines that will be provided in the first tutorial, in Week 1.

    Minor Essay: The minor essay is designed to assess the student’s understanding of the dominant conceptions of citizenship (i.e. liberal and republican) and of the two main aspects of citizenship (i.e. membership and rights+duties). This task will also assess the student’s ability to think critically and produce coherent and substantiated arguments. Students can formulate their own question (with the tutor’s approval) or select one the following options:
            1. In defence of Liberal Citizenship (vs Republican Citizenship)
            2. In defence of Republican Citizenship (vs Liberal Citizenship)
            3. A report on the current state of citizenship in Country-Of-Choice.
                example: A report on the current state of citizenship in Japan.
    Note: essential information to complete this assignment successfully will be provided in due course in tutorials and on MyUni in the form of responses to frequently asked questions [FAQs].

    Major Essay: The major essay is designed to assess the student’s understanding of the dimensions of citizenship explored in the second half of the course. Students can formulate their own question (with the tutor’s approval) or use one of the following formulas:
           1. Critically discuss the state of dimension-of-choice in Country-Of-Choice.
                example: Critically discuss the state of sexual citizenship in Australia.
           2. Critically discuss the impact of dimension-of-choice on national citizenship.
                example: Critically discuss the impact of digital citizenship on national citizenship.

    • You must complete and attach a coversheet to all work that is submitted in hard-copy. Makers have the right to refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed coversheet.
    • Coversheets are available on MyUni. Please be sure to read the declaration relating to plagiarism before signing. Please ensure you use the 'date stamper' to stamp your coversheet before placing your essay in the essay box. The office will no longer provide coversheets.
    • Essays  must be submitted both in hard copy, through the Politics Essay Box, Napier Level 4, and electronically, to Turnitin (linke available on the Course Website, through MyUni). In exceptional circumstances (e.g. work commitments, students from rural areas), upon notification to and approval by the course coordinator, the Turnitin copy will be sufficient.
    • Students must apply for extensions through the official procedure unless:
    •    1. The student is only requesting a short extension of two days or less. 
         2. The assessment is worth 20% or less. 
         3. The student is registered with the Disability Office and has a Disability Access Plan.
    • Late essays without an extension will be penalized at the rate of 2% per day.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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