Political Ideas and Ideologies
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Explain and interpret key concepts in modern political thought.
Understand the major political ideologies and apply them to contemporary political issues and events.
Analyse and evaluate key issues in contemporary political theory.
Write well researched and clearly structured essays that show the ability to engage in key debates over political ideas and ideologies.
- • Social contract theory.
- • Liberalism.
- • Conservatism.
- • Socialism.
- • Feminism.
- • Race.
- • Distributive justice.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed POL3PID (Political Ideas and Ideologies) are ineligible to enrol in this subject
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This subject aims to introduce you to some of the major ideas and ideologies that shape contemporary politics. We consider a wide range of topics throughout the semester, structured around broader themes related to individual freedom and state authority, democracy and its critics, the politics of distributive justice, and the politics of recognition. In addressing these themes we examine a variety of the major ideologies, including liberalism, neo-liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and fascism, along with central concepts and values such as democracy, social justice, individual liberty, the social contract, race, and gender. By the end of the subject, you should have an understanding of these core ideas and ideologies, the historical context in which they emerged, and their on-going influence on politics today. Throughout the semester, you will also be encouraged to develop your capacity to analyse, evaluate and engage in normative debates about politics.
- Short essay (equivalent to 1400 words) (35%)
- Research essay (equivalent to 2200) (50%)
- In-class and online activities (equivalent to 400 words) (15%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.