Assessment 1 Reflective Journal The purpose of this assessment exercise is twofold: firstly, it aims to get you to think critically about several key issues raised in your readings and the accompanying lectures; secondly, it aims to get you to begin using the critical terminology you will have encountered in your readings and the accompanying lectures. Thinking critically means thinking in a way that demands and seeks clarity of ideas, precision with definitions, and an understanding of key presuppositions. Presuppositions are in many ways the most important focus of what critical
View complete question Assessment 1 Reflective Journal The purpose of this assessment exercise is twofold: firstly, it aims to get you to think critically about several key issues raised in your readings and the accompanying lectures; secondly, it aims to get you to begin using the critical terminology you will have encountered in your readings and the accompanying lectures. Thinking critically means thinking in a way that demands and seeks clarity of ideas, precision with definitions, and an understanding of key presuppositions. Presuppositions are in many ways the most important focus of what critical thinking entails because it essentially demands that we interrogate what we take for granted, i.e. that which we dont think about but nonetheless think with. Critiques of white privilege, gender bias, homophobia and so on are all critiques of presuppositions, assumptions that are made about the world that arent factored into thought. When we think or say, thats no job for a woman (as people have said in the past about a range of professions) we are presupposing a set intrinsic limits and restrictions relating to our understanding of what being a woman entails. Overturning those assumptions has been a century long labour of critical thinking and activism. Taking that same critical mindset of refusing to accept assumptions at face value, your task with the following questions is to write short critical responses (250 words per question) that address the critical issues they raise. I have added a brief outline of the issues that I think these questions raise, but you should feel free to add your own, and to respond selectively (ie I dont expect you to respond to all the issues). Question 1 (week 2) According to Nixon, we lack the means to represent slow forms of violence. Why is this a problem? Issues to consider: What does Nixon mean by representation? What makes slow forms of violence particularly resistant to representation? Is this intrinsic to slow violence? Or is it a failure of our creative imaginations (as Fredric Jameson might argue)? Think of an example of something that is abundantly represented romantic love, lets say then ask why it might matter that something such as slow violence is not abundantly represented. Question 2 (Week 3) Birch says we need to hear indigenous peoples as saying something true. What does he mean by this? What does it mean to hear something as true? Issues to consider: What does Birch mean by the word true? How does his use of the word true compare with other possible meanings of this word? What does Birch mean by hear? What is the opposite of not hearing? Is not hearing the same as not listening? What will happen if we dont hear indigenous peoples as saying something true? Question 3 (Week 4) What does Moreton-Robinson mean by white sovereignty? Issues to consider: What is meant by the term sovereignty? Why does Moreton-Robinson use the term white sovereignty rather than settler sovereignty, or colonial sovereignty? Why is the issue of sovereignty a central concern for Moreton-Robinson? What other concepts does it displace or replace? Question 4 (Week 5) According to Danowski and Viveiros the anthropomorphic and the anthropocentric worldviews are dialectically opposed? Issues to consider: What do Danowski and Viveiros mean by dialectical? (Hint: its meaning does not derive from the word dialect as it is used in linguistics so look it up!) What is the difference (according to Danowski and Viveiros) between the anthropomorphic and the anthropocentric worldviews? Why (according to Danowski and Viveiros) are they dialectically opposed and not simply opposites? What is the significance (according to Danowski and Viveiros) of the difference between the anthropomorphic and the anthropocentric worldviews?
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