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The assessment is the production of a PPF. The PPF has three parts

  1. A research plan or design which lists your questions and how you will go about answering them

  1. A list of 30 recent, relevant and ‘cutting edge’ citations which will inform your project at level 3

  1. An annotated bibliography of the five most important sources of the thirty (above)

A template is provided on BlackBoard - you should download the appropriate template and complete it.

Level 3

UZSNPA-30-3 Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society

You are required to submit an essay of not more than 3,000 words from the following list, choosing a different title from that of your original submission.

  1. Outline and discuss the ways in which Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer explain fascism and anti-Semitism in the modern world.

  1. Describe and evaluate Horkheimer’s and Adorno’s analysis of the ‘culture industry’.

  1. Bauman has described the Holocaust as: ‘An outcome of a unique encounter between factors by themselves quite ordinary and common’. Critically appraise this view.

  1. Critically assess the use Bauman makes of the concept of the ‘stranger’ in his social theory.

  1. Outline and critically appraise Jürgen Habermas’s argument that modernity is an ‘unfinished project’ worthy of completion.

  1. What, according to Foucault, is the relationship between power and knowledge? Critically assess his claims with reference to one or more of his major studies.

  1. What is the significance of the ‘gaze’ and the ‘confession’ in Foucault's accounts of the emergence of modern societies?

  1. Critically assess the claim that we live in a postmodern society.

  1. Outline and criticise the theory of globalization offered by EITHER Roland Robertson OR Anthony Giddens.

  1. Discuss Robert Brenner’s argument that the recent onset of depression economics has resulted from a longstanding crisis of profitability which has afflicted global capitalism since the 1970s

  1. ‘The ubiquity of Western cultural forms around the world cannot in itself be taken as evidence that the world is being homogenized’. Discuss.

  1. Compare and contrast the accounts of global ecological crisis provided by Ulrich Beck and John Bellamy Foster.

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