POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

POL2PID

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed as an introduction to the big political ideas and ideologies that inform our contemporary political landscape. After considering the varied historical meanings of the term ideology, students will review a number of the major traditional ideologies (including liberalism, neo-liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and fascism), focusing their investigation on the continued influence of these ideologies on political discourse today. Students will then scrutinise the once popular claim that the end of the Cold War heralded the triumph of liberalism and the end of ideology. The merits of this claim will be explored by studying the political effects of new forms of environmentalism, nationalism and religious fundamentalism. By the end of the subject, students should be familiar with the historical problems and contexts that produced the major ideologies, and should have an understanding of some of the ways in which ideology is mobilised in contemporary political discourse. The discussion of environmentalism also means that the subject addresses the Sustainability Thinking Essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsPOL3PID

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Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBall, T., Dagger, R. O'Neil, D.

Year2018

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Political Ideologies: An Introduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHeywood, A.

Year2017

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PublisherPALGRAVE MACMILLAN

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Interpret and explain the ideas of important political theorists.
02. Evaluate the historical problems that first gave rise to the different ideologies.
03. Apply political ideologies to the analysis of practical issues.
04. Take up a position in relation to political ideology and defend it with reasons, using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
05. Use relevant primary and secondary source materials to situate and reference their own views.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Take-home exam (equivalent to 1000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Argumentative research essay (equivalent to 2000)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5
In-class and online activities (equivalent to 1500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3