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Module Title LH The Public Domain B
SchoolSchool of Govt and Society
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 16802
Module Lead Dr Andrew Knops
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Co-requisites LH The Public Domain A - (08 16801)
Restrictions Available: BA Sociology; BA Media, Culture and Society and related Sociology/Cultural Studies JH programmes. MOMD.
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-80 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module explores the nature and scope of the public domain at the start of the twenty first century. It will consider the concept of the public realm and highlight how the changing boundary between public and private structures large areas of social life. The module will be in two parts. 1) Drawing on social theory, the opening lectures will explore changing definitions of the public sphere and the public realm in modernity; counterposing them to the notion of the private, and the growth of the market. 2) The second part of the course will explore changing conceptions of the public domain through a number of case studies, for example: public space, forms of media, transport policies, the environment, public-private partnerships, the philosophy underlying the public sector. Whilst centred on a sociological approach, the module will draw on aspects of other disciplines, most notably political theory, social policy, history and philosophy.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to: Apply relevant conceptual understanding to an extended case study or theoretical/historical investigation of a topic of their choice.
Assessment 16802-01 : 3000 word essay : Coursework (34%)
16802-02 : 6000 word essay : Coursework (66%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions (Assessed jointly with 08 16801): One 3,000 word essay (34%); One 5,000 word essay (66%)
Reading List Sennett, R. 1978. The Fall of Public Man. New York: Vintage.
Weintraub, J & Kumar, K (eds). 1997. Public and Private in Thought and Practice. Chicago: Chicago University Press
Habermas, J. 1989. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Cambridge: MIT Press.