• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Justin Bruner
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Political theory is marked by its diversity and contested nature. In this course we briefly examine the development of contemporary political theory and then focus on a number of challenging recent topics. The motivating premise is that to understand the diversity and heterogeneity of contemporary political thought it is necessary to have a view of its varied origins: Renaissance humanism, Catholic and Protestant theology, and the Scottish Enlightenment, amongst others. With this history in view we can better understand and engage with the features of contemporary theory, including the aspirations of analytical philosophy, the gloom of Frankfurt School dialectics, and the chic of French post-structuralism.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major political ideas and debates.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major political thinkers in western political thought, past and present.
  3. Develop written arguments using political ideas.
  4. Acquire the capacity to intervene in tutorial debates based on a sound knowledge of the set texts.

Indicative Assessment

Essay (3000 words, 45%, LOs 1, 2, 3); exam (3 hours, 45%, LOs 1, 2, 3), and tutorial work (10%, LO 4).

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS OR PHIL courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be provided.

Preliminary Reading

Kymlicka, W., Contemporary Political Philosophy, (Oxford)

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students first take POLS 2119 Ideas in Politics.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9405 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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