POLITICAL THEORY

PHI3POT

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this philosophy subject, students will receive an advanced introduction to key issues in political philosophy and political theory.  Possible themes include competing theories of justice in the liberal and social contract traditions (Rawls, Nozick, Okin); the scope of politics and political agency (persons, individual and corporate, the idea of collective intentionality); the domains in which political theory is operant (gender and sexuality, disability); and the theorization of radical politics (critiques of capitalism, anarchist theory, postcolonialsm).  The subject may also discuss topics such as egalitarianism,  global justice, migration, multiculturalism and citizenship theory, critical race theory, and conceptions of democracy.  Students should have received a basic introduction to some of these ideas in at least one earlier subject in Politics, Philosophy, or Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies. Any any one year, the subject will concentrate on some subset of the themes and topics mentioned.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites None

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret and critically compare one of the claims and arguments advanced in the key texts.

Activities:
Identify and make a note of one idea or claim in the set texts that you believe reveals the authors' view on the question, use your notes to make a blog post. Compare your views with those of the others in the group and evaluate the differences.
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02. Locate, review and evaluate one idea drawn from the text and demonstrate your understanding of its relevance and application today.

Activities:
Choose one of the discussion questions from LMS subject resources, think about the question, re-read the relevant set text, conduct a library/internet search, write your own response and then critique another view based on this response.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Conduct a close reading of one of the texts and outline and critically assess the main argument.

Activities:
After reading the assigned passage, identify the main argument and set out its premises and conclusion in standard form.Then make a note of weaknesses in the connections between the premises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vassilacopoulos

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Task 1 Blog posts and replies to other students (1600 words)40 01, 02
Task 2: Staged research essay stage one: annotated bibliography and proposal (800 words)20 01, 02, 03
Task 3 Staged research essay stage two: Essay (1600)40 01, 02, 03