- Code POLS2063
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof John Uhr
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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This course examines 'great masters' of contemporary political theory. The primary task is close reading and textual interpretation with the lectures guiding students in various interpretative methods which they can use in their written assignment and in the final written examination. The course is framed at beginning and end by a political theory methodology advocated by prominent Australian political philosopher, Peter Singer. The course reviews selected examples of influential political theories from Nietzsche, Weber, Strauss, Arendt, Oakeshott, Skinner, Rawls, Habermas, Foucault and Young. In weekly lectures and tutorials, students will examine many competing theories about the nature of contemporary politics and of methods of political theory.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an ability to understand, and critically assess, arguments made in political theory;
- demonstrate an ability to coherently formulate arguments about politics;
- demonstrate an ability to anticipate, formulate, and effectively respond to counterarguments; and
- demonstrate an ability to gather and critically organize a variety of scholarly sources in ways that engage relevant literature.
- Essay, 2500 words (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Exam, 2 hours (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial work (10) [LO 1,2]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided.
It is recommended that students first take POLS2119 Ideas in Politics.
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