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.
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:
- Analyse different philosophies and political theories of deception;
- Competently apply these philosophies and political theories to politics, international relations, culture and your personal life; and
- Creatively consider ways to enhance honesty and ethics in the public sphere.
2,500 word essay (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
Take-Home Examination - 2000 words with 1 week to complete (50%). Learning Outcomes 1-3.
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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WorkloadA 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
George Orwell's 1984
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|4429||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|