Philosophy Contemporary Society
Contemporary Society Online at-home Exam Questions
The word limit for each question is 300 words (plus or minus 10%). The total word limit for the assignment is 1,200 words. You are required to submit your finished online at-home exam to Turnitin in Week 13 by 5pm on May 23.
In 1999 the World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Ministerial Conference in the U.S. city of Seattle. Using the lecture, weekly reading/s and keywords from Week 10, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the documentary 30 Frames a Second: the WTO in Seattle (if you have seen it) and/or the accompanying excerpt on YouTube, particularly in terms of the contradictions between the actual events like this that take place, and the media coverage of such events. That is, organizations like the WTO, IMF and OECD, all of which are involved in globalization, often hold similar meetings around the globe. What is the relationship between any one of these often highly-publicized events and the way they are portrayed by commercial and independent media outlets? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2vOnKyxYik
“Theorists, politicians and general citizens are divided about the effects of globalization. One side of the debate points out the dramatic inequality that exists between nations as a result of the processes of globalization. Others are equally convinced that globalization has actually reduced poverty and promoted economic quality.” (P. 166).
Memes are concepts that spread via the Internet. Using the lecture, weekly reading/s and keywords from Week 6, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to the meme below.
“But we can also see a dark side to nationalism. This occurs when, in the process of seeing ourselves as uniquely Australian, others suffer. That is, we see others as inferior to us. In this way, our sense of nationalism can be exclusionary, excluding those we do not think are worthy.” (P. 119)
Using the lecture, weekly reading/s and keywords from Week 12, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to Sea Shepherd.
“Environmental threats can lead to the end of our contemporary society as we know it” (P. 138)
The High Court in Australia has now ruled that people can be recognized as a non-specific sex. Using the lectures, weekly readings and keywords from Weeks 7 and 9, discuss the following quotation from the textbook in relation to Norrie, who only uses a first name, and the recent High Court win to allow transgender people to identify themselves as male, female or “indeterminate/unspecified/intersex”.
“When we start thinking about gender as a category for analysis, we’re thinking about the ways in which masculinity and femininity are produced in our world. How is it they are produced, reproduced and understood? To understand this we need to explore the differences between masculinity and femininity and the relationship between sex, sexuality and gender. These constructions of social categories combine in particular ways. We need to think not just about gender and norms, but also about gender’s relationship to biological sex.” (P. 78)
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