POLITICS IN OUR TIME

POL3HON

2017

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-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of at least one second year POL subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Age of ExtremesRecommendedHobsbawm, 2014Abacus

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
Seminar discussions, presentations, essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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

Activities:
Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Critical examination of seminal texts.

Activities:
Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Seminar discussions, presentations, essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Class activity (equivalent to 200 words)5 04, 03, 01
Research essay (2,500 words)60 03, 01, 02, 04
Take-home exam (1,500 words)35 02, 01, 03, 04