pol3hon politics in our time




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is recommended for students wishing to proceed to an honours degree in politics, but it is not restricted to such students. It covers some of the most important concepts and events to have shaped the course of contemporary politics through the writings of key political thinkers and social critics. In completing the subject, students will gain an insight into the underpinnings of power, democracy, violence, totalitarianism, justice and recognition. They will also become familiar with the ideas of such influential thinkers as Michel Foucault, Juergen Habermas, Hannah Arendt, Michael Walzer and Edward Said.

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 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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply a social science perspective to local and global issues

Seminar discussions, presentations, essays

02. Compare and contrast political authorities on central issues in politics and international relations.

Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.

03. Critical examination of seminal texts.

Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.

04. Trace the role of ideas in the evolution of global political development.

Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Vasilev

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 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%ILO*
Class activity (equivalent to 200 words)504, 03, 01
Research essay (2,500 words)6003, 01, 02, 04
Take-home exam (1,500 words)3502, 01, 03, 04