- Code POLS2120
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
This course examines the intellectual origins and analytical foundations of Western political thinking, from classical Greece through to the early modern period, focusing on selected thinkers from Thucydides to Machiavelli. The course blends normative and analytical thinking in reconstructing the political concepts at the core of some of the greatest texts in the Western political tradition. The aim of the course is to provide students with first-hand knowledge of the foundations of Western political thinking, including such normative concepts as rule, power, law, self-interest, the good society, the political regime, tyranny, justice, virtue and the good life.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. compare core ideas in the history of political thought over this period
2. explain key themes in the history of political thought over this period
3. interpret core texts and relate texts to their historical contexts
4. apply historical political thinking to contemporary political issues
5. argue with evidence about the intellectual and analytical foundations of political theory
Critical Review Paper (20%) of 1000 words (outcomes 1, 2)
Research Paper (40%) of 3000 words (outcomes 2, 3, 4)
Examination (30%) with three required questions (outcomes 2, 3 and 4)
Tutorial Participation (10%) (outcomes 4 and 5)
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2 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial each week. Students can also expect to spend 6-7 hours each week preparing for lectures, tutorials and assessment.
Requisite and Incompatibility
P J Steinberger, Editor. Readings in Classical Political Thought. Hackett Publishing 2000.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|28 Jun 2016
|29 Jun 2016
|08 Jul 2016
|05 Aug 2016