POL210 Politics of Identity (8)

This subject seeks to examine recent
developments within political theory that address questions of
identity, subjectivity and difference. It charts the
emergence of new political identities and their
representations. It seeks to analyse the changing
significance of public forms of identification such
as nation, gender, class, multiculturalism and the
media in organising people's experience of everyday
life and politics.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge
POL101 or POL110 or POL106 or POL105LIT1%%SOC101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of identity
  • within political cultures, both Australian and international.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the limits of the category identity and an appreciation of postidentity politics
  • be able to analyse the ways in which identities are produced through narratives of the self and the implications of this
  • be able to critically examine the rise of identity politics and the assumed demise of traditional politics and their continuing interrelationships


This subject will cover the following topics:

. the rise of identity politics . critique of individual versus society dualism . post structural critique of gender . narratives of self . class, culture and popular culture . ideology to discourse . production of subjectivities . otherness', orientalism and Aboriginality . media and cyber identities . corporal politics and the post-human multiculturalism and nationalism


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.