Public Domain

Final year module

Lecturer: Andrew Knops

This module explores the nature and scope of the public domain at the start of the twenty first century. It will consider the concept of the public realm and highlight how the changing boundary between public and private structures large areas of social life.

The module will be in two parts:

  • Drawing on social theory, the opening lectures will explore changing definitions of the public sphere and the public realm in modernity; counter-posing them to the notion of the private, and the growth of the market.
  • The second part of the course will explore changing conceptions of the public domain through a number of case studies, for example: public space, forms of media, transport policies, the environment, public-private partnerships, the philosophy underlying the public sector. Whilst centred on a sociological approach, the module will draw on aspects of other disciplines, most notably political theory, social policy, history and philosophy.

Whilst centred on a sociological approach, the module will draw on aspects of other disciplines, most notably political theory, social policy, history and philosophy.

Learning outcomes 

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Apply relevant conceptual understanding to an extended case study or theoretical/historical investigation of a topic of their choice.

Assessment

  • 1 x 3000 word essay (34%)
  • 1 x 5000 word essay (66%)