Ideas in Political Science

Course code POLI2001
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement Exercises

Presentation: Group Oral Work Presentation

Essay: Tutorial Essay

Essay: Major Essay

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact Hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks