POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

POL2PID

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

A core subject for second year students undertaking a Politics major, this subject provides an overview of the ways ideology informs our political landscape. The course begins by considering the varied historical meaning of the term ideology. Following this, it examines ideals of human nature and society underpinning a number of influential ideologies. These include liberalism, neoliberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism, nationalism, multiculturalism, religious fundamentalism, and ecologism. In conclusion, the subject considers the claim that the end of the Cold War heralded the 'end of ideology'. We reflect on the merits of this claim in a context of growing social fragmentation and in response to the postmodern rejection of 'grand narratives'.

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems now and in the future.





SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL3PID

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at second-year level for a politics major in the Bachelor of Arts degree (ABA)

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAvailable onlinePrescribedLMSLMS
ReadingsPolitical Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 8th edRecommendedBall, T., Dagger, R. O'Neil, D. (eds)ROUTLEDGE, 2016
ReadingsPolitical Ideologies: An IntroductionRecommendedHeywood, A.PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2014

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply political ideologies to the analysis of practical issues

Activities:
Teaching & learning activity - Students participate in role plays during tutorials where they respond to certain issues of global significance from the perspective of sustainability. This includes issues around the environment, inequality, poverty, and free market capitalism. Assessment - in preparing the essay, students will need to reflect on the practical implications of one or more of the traditional ideologies; the exam will, in part, include questions on more recent political ideologies and the different practical problems they respond to.
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02. Demonstrate a capacity to read, interpret, and explain the ideas of a number of important political thinkers

Activities:
Teaching & learning activity - students learn how to summarise the key ideas of theoretical texts that have informed political ideologies. They consider the practical significance of those ideas on a world stage, and the relevance they are likely to have into the future from the perspective of sustainability as the world becomes increasingly populated and interconnected. Assessment - students will summarise and evaluate the arguments of theorists in their research essay
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical problems that gave rise to the different ideologies.

Activities:
Teaching & learning activity - students will participate in a tutorial activity that discusses a particular sustainability problem from the perspective of two or more political ideologies. Assessment - the exam will include questions on the relation between political ideologies and perceived political crises.
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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

04. Develop a familiarity with political ideologies, and demonstrate an understanding of their similarities and differences

Activities:
Teaching & learning activity - students will participate in regular tutorial activities comparing and contrasting the ideas about human nature and an ideal society that characterise different political ideologies. Students are invited to consider the potential of these ideas to help us deal with contemporary and future sustainability problems. Students participate in a consolidation activity where they are quizzed on their understanding. Assessment - general familiarity with the topic and ability to revise and remember what has been learnt will be tested in an exam.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Engage in critical, argumentative research on one or more of the traditional political ideologies

Activities:
Teaching & learning activity - tutorial exercise where students prepare an essay plan for discussion in class; tutorial exercise on strategies for locating relevant research. Assessment - preparation of a critical research essay that demonstrates a sound knowledge of political ideology.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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Personal and Professional Skills

06. Produce a group report mapping out the historical senses of ideology

Activities:
Teaching & learning activities - group exercise assessing a particular ideology covered in the subject; to be distributed to class for online discussion. Assessment - submission of a group report
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
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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-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word examThis is a summative piece of assssment35 01, 02, 03, 04
one 1800-word research essayThis is a summative piece of assessment.45 01, 04, 05
online activities (inc group report) (equivalent to 700 words)This is a formative piece of assessment based on individual and group performance and capabilities.20 01, 02, 03, 06