| Unit Description
This introductory unit examines critical social analysis in the Humanities broadly defined, how it is conducted, how it is different from scholarship in the physical sciences, and why it matters. It does so by considering a range of controversial and contested social issues (such as the 'history wars', nationalism and identity, and sexual norms and practices), and the methods used by scholars in a range of disciplines to explore these issues. Students will be introduced to selected disciplines and how they vary in terms of core concepts, perspectives, methods of analysis and argument. In considering these topics the aim is both to foster the critical engagement of students in issues of great public importance, and to encourage them to reflect upon the task of critical social analysis. A key focus in the unit will be on the development of core skills in social analysis.