• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Bosworth
    • Prof John Uhr
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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Ideas in Politics explores some of the central ideas and debates in politics today, including claims regarding the nature of freedom, democracy, power, and the state. An understanding of these ideas and debates is essential for coming to terms with the key ideological clashes that shape politics today and for making effective interventions into these contests. 

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. understand the key concepts used in political theory;
  2. identify some of the divergent aims for which these concepts are mobilised;
  3. demonstrate theoretical familiarity with some of the major thinkers in the canon of western political thought, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx;
  4. theorise politics in the manner of contemporary political theory;
  5. produce powerful written arguments;
  6. produce persuasive verbal accounts of politics.

Indicative Assessment

Essay, 3000 words (45%) [LO 1, 3, 4, 5]

Final Examination, in formal examination period, 2hrs (45%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 5]

Tutorial work (10%) [LO 6]

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Workload

Three contact hours (two hours of lecture, one hour tutorial) per week over 13 weeks. Students will be expected to spend an average of seven hours per week in independent study in order to prepare for tutorials, conduct research and prepare for written assignments. Lectures will be recorded and notes will be available on Wattle.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level POLS and 6 units of POLS or HIST or SOCY courses; or permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed or enrolled in POLS1003.

You will need to contact the School of Politics and International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought (Broadview, 2012).

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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:
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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3423 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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