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GOVT2112: Modern Political Thought

Political theory helps us to better understand the ideas that have shaped our politics, including freedom, equality, power, and justice. This unit of study will introduce students to major ideas and primary texts from the Western tradition of political thought. Authors may include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, Arendt, Foucault, and Rawls.

Code GOVT2112
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 1000 level from Philosophy, Government and International Relations, Politics, International Relations
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse core concepts in modern political theory, such as power, consent, sovereignty, rights, democracy, equality, justice, and pluralism
  • LO2. contrast the following major political theorists: Locke, Marx, Tocqueville, and Rawls
  • LO3. develop critical reading skills of primary texts.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.