Foundations of Modern Politics

Course code POLI2020Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Examines some of the most important political theories which have influenced the practice of politics in modern society. Political theorists that may be studied include Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, Mill, Bakunin, Baudrillard and Foucault. Political theories that may be studied include liberalism, social democracy, feminism, anarchism, conservatism, and postmodernism. This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the major intellectual theories and ideas which provide the foundations for contemporary politics. Not available to students who have already passed or are currently enrolled in POLI3020. Lectures will also be available on the Web.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe objectives of the course are:
1. To enable students to have a clear familiarity with important texts and methods of analysis in political theory.
2. To assist students to have an ability to recognise and analyse key concepts in the history of political thought
3. To enable students to develop an enhanced theoretical understanding of the ideas which inform contemporary political practice.
4. To provide an understanding of and practice in various communication skills.
ContentThis course examines some of the most important political theorists, theories and ideas which have influenced the political ideologies and cultures, governmental and legal institutions of contemporary society. Those theorists studied may include Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, Mill, Burke, Bakunin, Baudrillard and Foucault.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignmentstutorial paper & major essay
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term