Course Description

‘Censorship and Responsibility’ develops theoretical approaches to free speech, liberalism, censorship, and responsibility and applies them to contemporary debates in journalism, media, art, literary studies and academia. The main materials will be drawn from an Australian context although students are encouraged to investigate and present materials from broader contexts.

We will examine the way cultural and professional expression is shaped, regulated, altered and interpreted in social and institutional contexts. This examination will be philosophical, historical and cultural, and students will develop skills in textual interpretation and analysis by using philosophical/theoretical ideas to investigate social and cultural events, debates and texts.

Students who complete the course will have developed a deep understanding of how speech and expression are restricted in Australian society and culture. Blended learning (mixing face-to-face teaching with online teaching) is used to allow students to both engage with each other in scholarly debate and see the power and importance that their developing academic voices engender. In this way students will consider their own responsibilities as academic researchers/writers and the nature of their tertiary education.

This course fulfills the objectives of HUMS3000 courses: investigating the contexts of tertiary education; reflecting upon the ethical, professional and social responsibilities that come with a tertiary education; developing skills in information literacy, writing, argumentation; and fostering academic collegiality.

Course Outline / Assessment Guides


Course Outline:

Theory Review Guidelines (due Sept 1):

Module One Wiki Criteria (handed out wk4):

Case Study Report Guidelines (due Oct 13):

Module Two Wiki Criteria and Tips:
Exam Marking Criteria: