POLITICAL IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesIn depth analysis of key texts; take-home exam paper; interactive tutorial activities; argumentative essay; research preparation for long essay.
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Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Political Ideologies: An Introduction
Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal
AuthorBall, T., Dagger, R. O'Neil, D.
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJasmine-Kim Westendorf
LectureWeek: 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.
TutorialWeek: 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.
Take-home exam (equivalent to 1000 words)
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Argumentative research essay (equivalent to 2000)
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In-class and online activities (equivalent to 1500 words)
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