Introduction to Politics
|Course code POLI1020||Units 10||Level 1000||Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School|
This course will provide you with a broad overview of the study of politics at an introductory level. The course introduces you to the discipline of political science, its key concepts and approaches for the study of politics and political systems. Important political theories within the Western tradition such as liberalism, democracy, nationalism, Marxism, anarchism, feminism and so on are discussed. The course also introduces you to the idea of the state, the international system of states, and contemporary theories of international relations. The contemporary transformation of politics and political science is also examined, especially the challenges to the hegemony of the West and its worldview. Lectures will also be available on the Web.
Available in 2014
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:|
1. identify important concepts and methods of analysis within the discipline of politics
2. demonstrate an understanding of, and critically evaluate, political developments within society
3. demonstrate an enhanced theoretical understanding of the ideas and practices which inform politics
4. display familiarity with library resources and have developed skills to retrieve relevant information.
|Content||This course includes but is not limited to the following topics: |
1. the idea of the ‘political’ and political science;
2. a range of political theories in the Western tradition such as liberalism, marxism, anarchism, nationalism and so on;
3. key political concepts such as the state, sovereignty, democracy, citizenship, globalisation,
4. global politics and the international systems of states,
5. theories of international relations,
6. the shift from modernist to postmodern ways of understanding political phenomena.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
|Timetables||2014 Course Timetables for POLI1020|