Credit points: 15

Subject outline

A core subject for 2nd year students undertaking a Politics major, this subject provides an overview of the ways in which "ideology" informs our political landscape. After considering the historical senses of the term, we study a number of political ideologies, focusing on the different ideals of human nature and society that each upholds. We begin with traditional ideologies including liberalism, neoliberalism, conservatism, socialism and fascism, and then turn our attention to newer ideologies, such as liberation movements, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, and more recent forms of nationalism. In closing, we study the controversial claim that liberalism marks the 'end of ideology' and we consider which ideology or ideologies might be relevant to contemporary political problems.

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 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


Incompatible subjects POL2PID

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCourse Reader POL2/3PIDPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsPolitical Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 8th ed.RecommendedBall, T. & Dagger, R.LONGMAN 2010
ReadingsPolitical Ideologies: An Introduction, 4th ed.RecommendedHeywood, A.PALGRAVE MACMILLAN, 2007

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vasilev

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,500-word take-home exam40
one 2,500-word essay60