Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject presents and contextualises the central themes and ideas in the writings of influential Western political thinkers from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, including figures such as Hobbes, Locke, Adam Smith, Kant and Marx. Situating the different theories in their historical and political contexts, we identify the ideas driving the key movements of our political history, from absolute monarchy to constitutional government, mercantilism, free market capitalism, communism and social democracy. We also reflect on the continuing relevance of the ideas of historical Western theorists for the political problems that we face today. This is a "block mode" subject and students must attend from 14.07.14 to 17.07.14 and from 21.07.14 to 24.07.14

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Bognar

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


Incompatible subjects POL2HMP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLectures on the history of political philosophyRecommendedRawls, J.HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2007
ReadingsPolitical philosophyRecommendedHampton, J.WESTVIEW PRESS, 1997

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 29-30, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Bognar

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 29 - 30
One 2.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 30 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One essay (2,000-words)50
Short assignments (2000-word equivalent in total)50