Ideas in Political Science

Course code POLI2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Ideas in Political Science provides students with a thorough understanding of the basic ideas and concepts which inform the study and practice of political science. In particular, their key role, as well as their use and application, will be emphasised, thereby demonstrating their relevance to the field of study. Students will be introduced to the competing theoretical frameworks within which these ideas, concepts and their methods of application acquire both meaning and purpose, thereby providing students with a framework to understand the various sub-disciplines within political science as a whole.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a broad capacity for inquiry and analysis within the discipline of political science, including an ability to think critically, creatively and coherently about political problems and issues.
2. Explain key political ideas that inform political science, as well as how these ideas inform political practice.
3. Discuss the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that inform the study of political science.
4. Identify and critically analyse the normative dimension of political science.
5. Explain the ideas, ideologies, and other forces that produce or obstruct political change.
6. Demonstrate written communication skills.
7. Demonstrate skills in critically evaluating relevant information from competing sources.
ContentThis course is divided into three main parts which includes a broad range of theories, ideas and concepts that inform political science:
• Foundations of modern political ideas.
• Contemporary political ideas in practice.
• Theoretical and conceptual frameworks that inform the understanding of political science.

Within these three parts, key concepts to be discussed may include but need not be limited to:
• liberty
• equality
• class
• gender
• ideology
• neo-liberalism
• neo-conservatism
• social democracy
• environmentalism
Replacing Course(s)This course is not available to students who have successfully completed POLI2020/3020 Foundations of Modern Politics .
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePOLI1010 and POLI1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo written assignments
Examination: FormalIn the formal examination period
TutorialEngagement exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for POLI2001