2020.1: PPSD Take Home Examination
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Use all stimulus material provided along with references to readings and online materials.There are four sections to the paper:• Case Study One: Faces of Oppression• Case Study Two: Health and Place• Case Study Three: Gender, Sexuality and Place• Case Study Four: Cultural Inequality and Place
***The word count for each question is XXXXXXXXXX***Each question is worth 10 marks
The examination must be submitted by Friday XXXXXXXXXXvia the Turnitin link in the Take Home Exam assessment folder on vUWS.
Case study One: Faces of Oppression
Dozens of farm workers found living in five-bedroom building in Latrobe in Tasmania's northBy Katri Uibu and Erin CooperUpdated 7 Feb 2020, 4:13pmPHOTO: Berry grower Costa said the employees were housed by a third-party labour supplier. (ABC: Jo Prendergast)About 70 people participating in a Federal Government-led seasonal workers program have been found living in a five-bedroom property in Latrobe, in northern Tasmania.Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney said various concerns about the property had been circulating for "many years", but issues around the number of people boarding became evident last year.The council was able to access the "dormitory-style" property on Wednesday with an Emergency Order."Some of the issues relate to a malfunctioning wastewater treatment system that generated smells. There was concern with the number of people being accommodated at that site," Cr Freshney said."We were concerned about illegal building works and buildings being habited that were uninhabitable, to be frank."The biggest risk to these people was in the event if the fire broke out."The ABC has approached the Tasmanian Fire Service for comment.'Slum-like living conditions'Mr Freshney said "concerned residents" had been raising issues, but getting "detailed and accurate information" from the owner of the property to check the claims had proven "very frustrating"."We tried to work with the owner of the property to understand what was happening and what wasn't, but that's proven very difficult," he said.Robert Flanagan from the Australian Workers Union said the residents would have been subject to "slum-like conditions"."Given that there was effluent escaping from that residence, you can only imagine that these people have been subject to slum-like living conditions," he said."Each one of those 77 people has been paying $100 a week in rent and in addition to that, they've been paying $20 a day, six days a week, for transport to and from the worksite."The fundamental concern that we've got is this is a Federal Government-sanctioned program sourcing labour from island communities and those communities are being subject to exploitation and misery, and they are a vulnerable group of people."Workers housed by labour supplier: CostaThe workers were employed on a berry farm run by fruit and vegetable grower Costa.In a statement, Costa said the accommodation was arranged by a "third-party labour supplier"."Costa has issued the supplier with a notice of breach of contract," the company said."It is clear that the supplier did not obtain proper planning approvals from the local Council and it is also evident the standard of accommodation being provided by the supplier … was not acceptable and does not meet Costa standards and community expectations."The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), which is administering the program the workers are participating in, said it would investigate the claims."The department takes all allegations seriously," a DESE spokesperson said."Any breaches of the law are referred to the appropriate regulator or authority, including the Fair Work Ombudsman and police."
1. Name two ‘faces’ of oppression that you can see in this case study and explain how each of them is relevant to the case study. (10 marks)
2. Using the “Millers Point” Case Study (covered in class in week 2) describe how this case study can be understood through the lens of Iris Young’s ‘faces of oppression’. Ensure that you reference the work of Iris Young and support your findings with examples from the Millers Point location. (10 marks)
Case study Two: Health and Place
3. What are the differences in urban design portrayed by the two pictures? Fill in the table below. (10 marks)
Comparison of pictures A and B
Design feature Picture A Picture BWalkability (High, Average, Low) Green spaces (High, Average, Low) Air quality (High, Average, Low) Opportunity for community interaction (High, Average, Low) Access to fresh and healthy food (High, Average, Low)
4. Based on the table above, which picture (A or B) displays the design which is likely to result in poor health outcomes? Explain your answer (10 marks)
5. Recommend at least one (1) strategy to improve the design in your selected picture. Discuss the concept of walkability and using examples of walkability scores in Sydney list the variation of scores found. (10 marks)
Case study 3. Gender, Sexuality and Place
Figure 3: Women’s war
Figure 4: Men’s war memorial6. What is the difference between how women and men are represented in the memorials displayed in these pictures? (10 marks)
7. Explain how these representations of women and men in memorial landscape can contribute to gender inequality in Australia? Use any other example of where gender inequality is particularly noted and discuss the significance of this for the current debate. (10 marks)
Read the Vibe: the fight to keep Newtown weird, safe and unapologetically queerby Alannah MaherMeet the local organisations trying to keep the Newtown vibe alive.
Traffic was halted as a procession of hula-hooping harlequins, roaming DJ booths and dancing locals dressed in their finest freaky fashions boogied its way down King Street in a cloud of bubbles and bass. The third annual Keep Newtown Weird and Safe Protestival, organised by the Sydney contingent of Reclaim the Streets on April 22nd, 2018 was a statement about the spirit and defiance of a community.
A Rabble with a causeReclaim the Streets' inaugural rally to Keep Newtown Weird and Safe took to the streets in May 2016 in response to the homophobic bashing of a 25-year-old man who was targeted for wearing a dress. Although not isolated, this incident was the straw that broke the camel's back. A show of defiance in the face of anti-social behaviour, the rally was and continues to be a protest against rising homophobic and transphobic violence beginning to infiltrate the community.
A shared anxiety had begun to spread, and Newtown didn't feel as safe as it once did. It would be naive to paint the suburb as an untarnished utopia of alternativeness and queerness before the lockout laws opened a valve for hatred to spew in, but it wouldn't be incorrect to say that a certain vibe was being disrupted.Seeking solutions, the Newtown Vibe Roundtable was established in 2015. Headed by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and the Member for Newtown, Greens MP Jenny Leong (an important figurehead in local democracy following the protested merging of the local council into the amalgamated Inner West Council), the Roundtable incorporates a range of representatives from different groups including councils, police, business and community organisations (including Reclaim The Streets).[...]All locked out and nowhere to goThis communal sense of unease is deeply rooted in the flow-on effects of the Sydney lockout laws. As the city's traditional party hotspots began to wane and punters were turned away, people began looking elsewhere to play out their nights. Alcohol-fuelled crowds traded in Kings Cross for King Street (Newtown's main drag), converging on the Inner West. Elsewhere, the doors were closed on them at 1.30a.m., and bars were forced to call last drinks at 3.00a.m..Not everyone who started making their way into Newtown was aware of the unwritten rule of "anything goes", and the safety that members of the LGBTQI community and others felt in the comfortable bubble of Newtown began to erode.8. What is the significance of the ‘Keep Newtown Weird’ campaign, and why is it important to maintain Queer spaces? (10 marks)
Case Study Four: Cultural Inequality and Place
The above graph from the 2017 Who Watches the Media? Race-Related Reporting in Australian Mainstream media report shows how the media reported on race-related news in Australia in 2016. In this report, 68 articles (representing 55% of all race-related reports) were about Muslims. Twenty were neutral, five were positive and 43 were negative.
9. What impact do you think that the kind of reporting outlined in the graph above might have on people’s perception of Muslims? How can we use the ‘five faces of oppression’ to describe this kind of representation? (10 marks)
10. What is Islamophobia? In what ways does Islamophobia impact and shape Muslims’ access to both public and private spaces? (10 marks)
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