• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kim Huynh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Much of the Western political-philosophical tradition is based on deception. Political philosophers/theorists such as Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche and Strauss have argued that unless certain truths about reality, politics, faith and liberal democracy are hidden from the public, society will fall into ruin. The first half of the course examines how and why deception has become central to politics. The second half of the course looks at deception from the bottom up, drawing from the ideas of Gramsci, James C. Scott and de Certeau before asking how we might be more ethical and honest in politics and in the university.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Analyse different philosophies and political theories of deception;
  2. Competently apply these philosophies and political theories to politics, international relations, culture and your personal life; and
  3. Creatively consider ways to enhance honesty and ethics in the public sphere.

Indicative Assessment

Option 1
2,500 word essay (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Take-Home Examination - 2000 words with 1 week to complete (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.

Option 2
2,000 word essay (45%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Take-Home Examination - 2000 words with 1 week to complete (45%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Presentation (10%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.


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A 2 hour lecture, 1 hour video and 2 hour forum for 8 weeks (40 hours). An additional two weeks will be dedicated to research and writing seminars (4 hours). One week will be dedicated to an examination preparation seminar (2 hours). There is no formal face-to-face  contact in the two remaining weeks which will be occupied by structured activities, specifically reading and reflection upon a) the preliminary material [articles on refugee politics in Australia and the Asia-Pacific] and b) their marked and returned essays.

In addition to the contact hours, an average of 6.5 hours per week should be spent preparing for class and for the assessment pieces (84 hours).

Total hours: 130

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS courses which may include EURO1004; or permisson of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

George Orwell's 1984





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If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3286 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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