- Class Number 2999
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Simon Cotton
- Simon Cotton
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
- Clement Clarke
- Devon Cass
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the key concepts used in political theory;
- identify some of the divergent aims for which these concepts are mobilised;
- demonstrate theoretical familiarity with some of the major thinkers in the canon of western political thought, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, and Marx;
- theorise politics in the manner of contemporary political theory;
- produce powerful written arguments; and
- produce persuasive verbal accounts of politics.
Andrew Bailey et al. editors, The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought: Essential Readings, Ancient, Modern and Contemporary Texts (Broadview Press, Canada 2012).
Recommended resources will be available on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments on individual assignments
- oral comments on individual and group class discussion
- feedback to the whole class
- feedback to interested groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction and overview|
|2||Machiavelli's The Prince and Discourses on Livy|
|3||Hobbes's Leviathan (Part 1: 'Of Man')|
|4||Hobbes's Leviathan (Part 2: 'Of Commonwealth')|
|5||Locke's Second Treatise||Short Paper Due (March 29)|
|6||Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality|
|7||Rousseau's The Social Contract|
|8||Hamilton and Madison's The Federalist Papers|
|9||Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France|
|10||Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman||Long Paper Due (May 17)|
|11||Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts and Communist Manifesto|
|12||Concluding review and examination preparation|
Tutorial enrolment will open on Wattle on Monday, February 11 at 11:10am
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Short Paper||20 %||29/03/2019||01/01/9999||1,2|
|Long Paper||40 %||17/05/2019||01/01/9999||1,2,3|
|Final Exam||30 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1,2,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
The short (1000-word) paper is on Hobbes's argument in Leviathan. You will be asked both to demonstrate comprehension of Hobbes's social contract theory and to assess how vulnerable that theory is to critiques we will cover in class. A detailed assignment prompt and rubric will be posted to Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The long (3000-word) paper will ask you to critically evaluate the ideas of one or more of our thinkers. This will require reading and citing a variety of secondary sources. A list of detailed questions from which you might choose will be posted to Wattle along with a rubric. Pending approval of the course convenor, you will also have the option of setting your own question.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Your participation mark will depend partly on your productive involvement in tutorial discussions and partly on your reading notes. Students will be asked to write a paragraph of no more than 300-words precisely summarising that week's reading to each and every tutorial session.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
For the final exam, students will be asked to answer three essay questions from a longer list. Students will be able to bring the course textbook into the exam.
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Political theory and philosophy; the history of political thought