- Code POLS2120
- 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 Policy Studies, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course examines the intellectual origins and analytical foundations of Western political thinking, from classical Greece through to the early modern period, focusing on selected thinkers from Homer to Aristotle. The course blends normative and analytical thinking in reconstructing the political concepts at the core of some of the greatest texts in the Western political tradition. The aim of the course is to provide students with first-hand knowledge of the foundations of Western political thinking, including such normative concepts as rule, power, law, self-interest, the good society, the political regime, tyranny, justice, virtue and the good life.
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:
- compare core ideas in the history of political thought from classical Greece through to the early modern period;
- explain key themes in the history of political thought from classical Greece through to the early modern period;
- interpret core texts and relate texts to their historical contexts;
- apply historical political thinking to contemporary political issues; and
- argue with evidence about the intellectual and analytical foundations of political theory.
Other InformationThe intensive dates for 2018 are:
10am-3pm on the following six days
Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 June
Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 JulyTuesday 10 and Thursday 12 July
Indicative AssessmentExamination: take home examination distributed on last day of six day winter intensive (50%) (LO 1-5)
Research Paper: 3000 word paper to be submitted three weeks after last day of class (50%) (LO 1-5)
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Workload96 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact: 4 contact hours each day over six teaching days (Tuesdays and Thursdays over three weeks); and,
b) 72 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
P J Steinberger, Editor. Readings in Classical Political Thought. Hackett Publishing 2000.
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