• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kim Huynh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. analyse different philosophies and political theories of belief and deception;
  2. competently apply these philosophies and political theories to politics, international relations, culture, and your personal life; and
  3. creatively consider ways to enhance honesty and ethics in the public sphere.

Indicative Assessment

Take-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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Workload

130 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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000-level POLS courses which may include EURO1004; or permisson of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

George Orwell's 1984

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3146 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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