CULT 3021 Theories of Authority
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 101913
Coordinator Dianne Dickenson Opens in new window
Description The unit will trace the idea of authority in the West back to its genesis in Ancient Greece and track its development in modern thought. The aim is to demonstrate the variegated relation between power, law and revolution by closely examining a wide array of texts in a variety of disciplinary fields, including literature.
School Humanities & Comm Arts
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects CULT 3019 - Politics and Religion
Restrictions Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.
- describe the historical and conceptual development of the idea of authority
- articulate ways in which literature can express political ideas;
- identify theories of the state in Western thought;
- critique the role of sovereignty in philosophy, literature and culture;
- analyse and critique the traditional understanding of law and justice;
- evaluate how the relationship between politics and religion affects different ways of thinking;
- apply knowledge gained in this subject to other areas of their experience.
. Augustine: Peace as Universal Political Value
. 16th century: Birth of Modern Sovereignty
. Hobbes: The Spectre of Religious War
. Spinoza - The Necessary Rebel
. Rousseau - Popular Sovereignty
. The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
. Derrida - Democracy to Come
. Foucault - Biopolitics