The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

POLI2050

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

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


    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    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 POLI3050.


    Requisite

    This course has similarities to POLI3050. If you have successfully completed POLI3050 you cannot enrol in this course.


    Assumed knowledge

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


    Assessment items

    Written Assignment: Article Review Essay

    Essay: Research Essay One

    Essay: Research Essay Two


    Contact hours

    Callaghan

    Integrated Learning Session

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

    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.

    Callaghan

    Integrated Learning Session

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

    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.