- Code POLS2102
- 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 International Relations, Philosophy, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Kim Huynh
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This political philosophy course considers what people should believe. Theorists such as Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche and Strauss have argued that unless certain truths about reality, politics, faith and liberal democracy are hidden from the public, society will fall into ruin. The first half of the course examines how to foster belief and fashion deception in politics. The second half of the course looks at belief and deceit from the bottom up, drawing from the ideas of Gramsci, James C. Scott and de Certeau before asking how we might be more ethical and honest in a post-truth context and in the university.
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:
- analyse different philosophies and political theories of belief and deception;
- competently apply these philosophies and political theories to politics, international relations, culture, and your personal life; and
- creatively consider ways to enhance honesty and ethics in the public sphere.
Indicative AssessmentTake-home Examination (Mid semester), 1250 words (30%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Take-home Final Examination (extending into the final examination period), 1250 words (25%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Three quizzes (in class), 15 minutes each with additional discussion (20% weighted evenly). Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Presentation, 15 minutes (15%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Tutorial participation (10%). Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
George Orwell's 1984
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