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Contemporary Political Thought (9554.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced 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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    Syllabus

    The purpose of this unit is to provide students with an overview of the major political theorists and their work from the 18th century to the present. Common themes seen in contemporary political thought include governance, property ownership and redistribution, free enterprise, individual liberty, justice, and responsibility for the common welfare. Students will read the works of theorists advocating capitalism, socialism, communism, egalitarianism, utilitarianism, social contract theory, liberalism, conservatism, neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, libertarianism, fascism, anarchy, rational choice theory, and multiculturalism. By studying the evolving constructs of political theory in the past two centuries, students will gain insight into different approaches that leaders use to solve complex problems of governance and maintenance of social order.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Summarise the primary principles of capitalism, socialism, communism, egalitarianism, utilitarianism, social contract theory, liberalism, conservatism, neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, libertarianism, fascism, anarchy, rational choice theory, and multiculturalism;

    2. Identify the major political theorists from the 18th century to the present;

    3. Discuss major political movements in their respective historical contexts;

    4. Assess the impact that various political movements have had on law, economics, international relations, and society;

    5. Analyse various primary sources of political theory and understand how these theories can be applied to solve problems in society; and

    6. Understand the challenges that modern leaders face in framing political debate and public policy.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.

    Prerequisites

    None



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