Modern Political Thought
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- understand and use theoretical arguments in the debates regarding the use of political power and political legitimacy
- understand and use concepts such as that of social contract, that are deployed in the course of such debates
- use the conceptual tools required in the exploration of theoretical questions regarding political legitimacy
- understand and analyse various political theories relating to political legitimacy
- Political theories of : Machiavelli
- Thomas Hobbes
- John Locke
- Edmund Burke
- John Stuart Mill
- Karl Marx
- Carl Schmitt
- John Rawls
- communiatrian thinkers
- Michel Foucault
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Politics units at 100 level.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
What are the limits of the legitimate use of force by political authorities? How should the power of government be limited? When is a government or political regime legitimate? These and related questions have been the subject of a continuous debate in political theory since the sixteenth century. This unit examines the various theories of human rights and of social contract as well as theories which reject the liberal/democratic approach to the question of legitimacy. Among the authors to be read are Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Rawls, Schmitt, and Foucault.
NOTE: There are no recorded lectures. Lectures are offered in written form.
- Essay (45%)
- Short paper (15%)
- Take home exam (30%)
- Discussion (10%)
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