HISTORY OF MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

POL3HMP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject presents and contextualises the central themes and ideas in the writings of influential political thinkers from the seventeenth century onwards. It situates theories that are foundational to politics in their historical and cultural contexts. The focus is on ideas that have been the driving force behind key societal transformations in the modern period, involving absolute monarchy, constitutional government, mercantilism, free market capitalism, communism and social democracy. We also reflect on the continuing relevance of Western political thought for contexts outside the Western sphere. This is a 'block mode' subject held during the mid-year break.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vasilev

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL2HMP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Knowledge of the ideas developed by key theorists in the history of modern political thought

Activities:
Class discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. An appreciation of the continuing relevance of those theories for contemporary political problems

Activities:
Class discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Skills of critical analysis and independent research

Activities:
Class discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Skills to communicate ideas clearly in both written and oral form

Activities:
Class discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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