Available in 2018, 2019
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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.


This 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

Assumed knowledge

POLI1010 and POLI1020

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Summary Exercise

Presentation: Group Oral Work Presentation

Essay: Minor Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

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

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.