Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

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.


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