Political Theory and Social Change

Course code POLI3050
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course examines the relationship between political ideas and social change by focusing on the twin questions: does political theory stimulate social change or does social transformation shape political thought? The context for the course will be the post-1968 theories of a number of political theorists and the discourses that emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, especially those of post-Marxists and postmodernists over the relationship between ideas and social change, theory and practice, and emancipatory social movements and postindustrial society.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To introduce students to the central ideas of influential political theories about social change.

2. To enable students to have a clear familiarity with the methods of analysis used in such theories.

3. To develop an understanding of the complex (and often mutually reinforcing) relationships between ideas and social change

4. To provide an understanding of and practice in various communication skills.

Content

This course examines the relationship between political ideas and social change by focusing on the twin questions: does political theory stimulate social change or does social transformation shape political thought?

The context for the course will be the post-1968 theories of a number of political theorists and the discourses that emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, especially those of post-Marxists and postmodernists over the relationship between ideas and social change, theory and practice, and emancipatory social movements and postindustrial society.

Not available to students who have already passed or are currently enrolled in POLI2050.

Assumed Knowledge

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

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

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