Introduction to Western Political Thought (9549.1)
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|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
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|Canberra School Of Politics, Economics And Society||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
Introduction to Western Political Thought has five Learning Outcomes (LOs). Students successful in achieving these LOs will contribute to their development of five distinct Graduate Attributes (GAs).
This first year unit, offered online, has three assessments - each supported by criteria and rubrics that have been mapped to the LOs and GAs. Introduction to Western Political Thought can, in this way, demonstrate the validity of its assessment design.
Further to this, each assessment addresses at least one of the Personal Attributes (PAs) that the University of Canberra requires students to develop.
Details of how each assessment addresses LOs, GAs, and PAs can be found under Assessments in this Unit Outline.
Incompatible units8296 Introduction to Politics and Government
Equivalent units8296 Introduction to Politics and Government
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There is no mandatory textbook for this unit.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Online, through Moodle, using Urkund.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
It is expected that you will be curious to know what your fellow students think about what we're learning, that you will take the initiative to start a conversation on the Moodle page for the unit, and that you will demonstrate sufficient foresight to do this in advance of submitting your assessments.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Semester 1, 2017, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (166857)
- Flexible Period 10, 2016, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (150148)
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- Flexible Period 3, 2016, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (153171)
- Flexible Period 2, 2016, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (153343)
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- Flexible Period 11, 2015, Online, UC - Canberra, Bruce (138181)
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