Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is a prerequisite for students wishing to proceed to an honours degree in politics, but is not restricted to such students. It is designed to introduce students to some of the most important events and ideas which have shaped the course of twentieth century politics through the writings of that era's key political thinkers and social critics. In completing this subject, students will gain an insight into the history and underpinnings of totalitarianism, communism, racism, liberalism, democracy, feminism and recognition, and will become familiar with the ideas of such influential thinkers as Hannah Arendt, George Orwell, Juergen Habermas, John Rawls and Michel Foucault.

FacultyFaculty 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 By invitation only from the Politics Program, issued to students who have performed at a high level in second and third-year politics subjects.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAge of extremesRecommendedHobsbawm, E.MICHAEL JOSEPH 1994

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vasilev

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Class exercise(400-word equivalent)10
Research essay (2,500 words)50
Take-home exam (1,600 words)40