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Introduction to Western Political Thought (9549.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Government & Policy

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    • Semester 1, 2017, ONLINE, BRUCE (166857) - View
    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 10, 2016, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (150148) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, ONLINE, BRUCE (150750) - View
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    Syllabus

    This unit examines major texts in the history of political thought. Many of these texts pose difficult questions concerning the political community, social order, and human nature. This unit asks how different views on human nature and the uses of history inform the design of government. It also considers the ways in which thinkers like Plato, Machiavelli, and Rousseau have responded to the political problems of their times, and the ways in which they contribute to a broader conversation about human goods and needs, justice, democracy, and the ever-changing relationship between the citizen and the state.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Examine political thought through the Classical, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods based on the works of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Marx;

    2. Compare and contrast the concepts of justice, freedom, equality, citizenship, and sovereignty in the works of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau;

    3. Explain the different versions of, and importance of, the state of nature to political thought;

    4. Explain Karl Marx's worldview, with particular regard to his critique of democracy and the modern, politically liberal state; how it came to be; and its fundamental link to capitalism; and

    5. Explain John Stuart Mill's theory on utilitarianism and how he applies it to society and the state.

    Assessment Items

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    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None.

    Assumed Knowledge

    NONE

    Incompatible Units

    8296 Introduction to Politics and Government

    Equivalent Units

    8296 Introduction to Politics and Government

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