Introduction to Politics

Course code POLI1020Units 10Level 1000Faculty 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.

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesOn 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.
ContentThis 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
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignmentstutorial paper and major essay
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks