central station critical essay
use readings listed that would relate to the topic i will list the readings you can choose from below
Week 2 � Tradition, Contested Tradition, and Invented Tradition
� Hobsbawm, E. 1993, ‘Introduction: inventing traditions’ in E. Hobsbawm and T. Ranger (eds), The
invention of tradition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1-14.
� Clark, A. 2013, �The History Wars�, in A. Clark and P. Ashton (eds), Australian History Now, New South
Publishing, Sydney, pp.151-166.
� McKenna, M. 2010, �Anzac Day: How did it become Australia�s national day?� in M. Lake & H. Reynolds
(eds), What�s Wrong with Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp.
Week 3 � The Enlightenment and Modernity
� Gillen, P and Ghosh, D. 2006, ‘Progress’ in P. Gillen and D. Ghosh (eds), Colonialism and Modernity.
UNSW Press, Kensington, NSW, p. 33.
� Kant, I. 1784, �What is Enlightenment?�, Lecture in Konigsberg, Prussia.
� Gross, D. 1992, The Past in Ruins: Tradition and the Critique of Modernity, The University of
Massachusetts Press, Massachusetts, pp. 20-40.
Unit Guide: ARTS103 Ideas and Society
Implementation Date: Semester 2 2016 8
Week 4 � Independent Excursions: visit to chosen site
You are required to visit the site you have selected to conduct on-site research – a report should then be
submitted in blog-form with photographic or video evidence (must include a selfie) of your visit (see assessment
tasks section for more details).
Assessment 2 DUE (Excursion Report)
AUGUST 1- 5 BREAK: No lecture or tutorial
Week 5 � Imperialism and Colonialism: �the West and the Rest�
Hall, S. 1996, �The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power� in S. Hall et al (eds), Modernity: An
Introduction to Modern Societies, Blackwell, Malden, MA, pp. 184-189.
Watson, I. 2009, �Aboriginality and the Violence of Colonialism�, borderlands e-journal, vol. 8, no. 1,
Young, R.J.C. 2001, Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, Blackwell, Malden, MA, pp. 1-11.
Week 6 � Democracy, Liberalism, and Capitalism
� Taeusch, C.F. 1935, �What is Capitalism�? International Journal of Ethics, vol. 45, no. 2, University of
Chicago Press, pp. 221-234.
� Gilley, B. 2009, �Is Democracy Possible?�, Journal of Democracy, vol. 20, no.1, John Hopkins University
Press, pp. 113-127.
� Minogue, K. 1999. �Introduction�, The Liberal Mind, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, pp, 1-16.
Week 7 � Marxism (and the �Spectre of Marx�)
� Marx, K. and Engels, F. 1848, The Communist manifesto,
� D�Amato, P. 2014, Meaning of Marxism, Introduction: The Relevance of Marxism, Haymarket Books,
� Wilkinson, R and Pickett, K. 2010, �Equality and Sustainability� in The Spirit Level, Penguin Books,
London, pp. 217-233.
Week 8 � The Self: Psychoanalysis and Psychology
� Freud, S. 1991, �Lecture 1: introduction� in J. Strachey and A. Richards, Introductory Lectures on
Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud, Penguin, London, pp. 39-49.
� Hardt, M. 2007, ‘What affects are good for’, in P. Ticineto Clough, The Affective Turn: theorizing the
social, Duke University Press, Durham and London, pp. ix-xiii.
Assessment 3 DUE: (Essay Proposal Plan)
Week 9: NO READINGS � Vivas: 1:1 assessment meetings and workshop
Unit Guide: ARTS103 Ideas and Society
Implementation Date: Semester 2 2016 9
Week 10 � Social Justice and Intersectionality
� Brah, A. and Phoenix, A. 2004, �Ain�t I A Woman? Revisiting Intersectionality�. Journal of International
Women’s Studies, 5(3), 75-86.
� Kissack, T. 1995, �Freaking Fag Revolutionaries: New York’s gay liberation front, 1969-1971�, Radical
History Review, pp. 105-134.
Week 11 � Postmodernity
� Morley, D. 1996, �Postmodernism: the rough guide� in J.Curran, D. Morley and V. Walkerdine (eds),
Cultural Studies and Communication, Arnold, New York, pp. 50-65.
� Malpas, S. 2005, The Postmodern, Routledge, London, pp. 11- 17 & 31-36.
Week 12 � The Age of the Global
� Gray, J, 2004, �From the great transformation to the global free market�, in F Lechner and J Boli, The
Globalisation Reader, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 22-28.
� Malm, A, 2015, �The Anthropocene Myth�, Jacobin, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/03/anthropocenecapitalism-climate-change/
Planning, writing and editing your essay
� Follow and adjust, as needed, your proposal plan to establish a logical
order the ideas in your essay: introduction should present site and context,
body should tease out your site analysis in relation to 2-3 themes/big ideas
themes with argument (examples from site, supporting relevant research)
to back up your claims/main points/Paragraph topic sentences
What makes a good introduction?
� Introduces site and arguments (says what your main claims are briefly,
which you will then go on to prove in the body paragraphs), offers context
and background info for the argument to come
� The language of the introduction should help the reader become oriented
to your essay. The samples below were taken from past papers:
Setting the scene: provide a context, begin with the site or idea you want to
Australia is a nation with a chequered past. In the 21st century it takes its
place in the global context as a western nation, yet its first human
inhabitants represent the oldest cultures in the world. Once the central hub
of the new British penal colony, The Rocks area features many heritage
sandstone buildings with their convict histories, proximity to iconic Sydney
sites such as The Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. While these
national symbols attract thousands of tourists to the Emerald City every
year, few of those visiting are aware of the heated debates around national
identity (this foregrounds analysis of the site in relation to the theme of
contested tradition and the history wars from week 2).
State your argument:
� Note intent of this essay – E.G. In this essay, I will detail the developments
of modernity and multiculturalism through an analysis of Chinatown,
arguing that . . .
� Add more about what your analysis will do � E.G. I examine the
polarisation of traditional Indigenous knowledge and practices and
postcolonial capitalism by exploring the history of Cockatoo Island . . .
Introduce your themes or lens:
� Modernity, which is informed by Enlightenment philosophy and which drove
progress in �the West� between the 18th and 20th centuries (Gillen & Ghosh
2007), was instrumental in both the disruption of Aboriginal culture and the
establishment of a modern Australia. During the process of colonisation,
the governmental focus on processes of categorisation and control in
regards to the original inhabitants, sought to regulate the extent to which
Aboriginal community could function.
� The Female Orphan School can be best understood when analysed
through the themes of tradition and modernity. Tradition is defined by
�invariance�, by �fixed (normally formalized) practices� (Hobsbawm 1993),
repetitious by nature and tending to be transferred from one generation to
another. It is related to, but not the same as, custom, which, Hobsbawm
understands as more open to change, due to the need for traditional (premodern)
societies to be somewhat adaptable in order to survive and thrive
Structure your essay
� Body paragraphs and topic sentences, following by detailed analysis of
your selected themes/big idea in relation to your
� Remember to give specific example from your site or its history for claims
made and major points of your argument, and also to include supporting
relevant academic research
� After discussing your chosen themes/big ideas re: your site, try to speak to
further connections between these themes. E.G. If you have written about
how capitalism relates to your site and how the industrial revolution
affected its development, what further connections can you make, what
more can you say, about how capitalism and the industrial revolution
informed each other, and how they came together to shape your site
Manage your time:
� Start early
� Leave time to edit your essay for grammar, correct referencing, structure
� Don�t forget to do a final �proof� for spelling, typos, referencing
� And do a final �check list� against the task brief:
� Have you done everything the task requires?
� Have you used min 4 refs from subject readings?
� Have you used min 5-7 relevant academic, peer-reviewed sources? Have
you cited min 5 different academic refs in-text, in accordance with Harvard
� Have you listed all of those sources, plus any non-academic refs, in a
reference list at the end, formatted in accordance with Harvard Style