- Code POLS2119
- 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
- Dr Alexandra Oprea
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
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.
- Essay, 3000 words (45%) [LO 1, 3, 4, 5] (45) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Final Examination, in formal examination period, 2hrs (45%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 5] (45) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Tutorial work (10%) [LO 6] (10) [LO 6]
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Workload130 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
You will need to contact the School of Politics and International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought (Broadview, 2012).
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