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Understanding the Self - ARTS2876
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Course Outline: Contact School
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1
Equivalent: SOCA2211
Excluded: GENT1211
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable
Available for General Education: Yes (more info)


Subject Area: Sociology and Anthropology

This course addresses classic theories of the self, investigating the ideas of key theorists in diverse traditions, including, for example, symbolic interactionism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism and phenomenology. The course is organized around a reading of texts by key thinkers in these traditions. Through an exploration of these theorists’ understandings of the self, we will consider issues around: the relation between self and the world; identity and difference; authenticity; subjectivity and objectification; the unconscious; embodiment; discipline and practices of everyday life. The course will provide a grounding in theories of the self relevant both for further studies in Sociology and Anthropology and for other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

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