Foundations of Modern Politics

Course code POLI3020
Not available in 2015

Description

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. Lectures will also be available on the Web.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

This 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.

Assumed Knowledge

10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term