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Political and Social Theory (11243.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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A direct engagement with the political and social theorists who help us make sense of, and ultimately challenge, our everyday reality.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Debate and compare concepts and arguments of political and social thinkers;

2. Analyse and evaluate some of today's key political and social problems;

3. Apply political and social theory concepts to create an argument that successfully addresses a key problem; and

4. Reflect upon your unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in your professional portfolio.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour seminar on-campus per week.


Must have passed 24 credit points.



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