Undergraduate | MAQ-POIX2060 | 2024
Modern Political Thought
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Modern Political Thought
About this subject
On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Identify arguments for and against the need to consent to the exercise of political power.
- Understand key concepts which are deployed in the debate on political legitimacy
- Apply concepts to the analysis of political phenomena
- Read and critically interpret some classic and contemporary political texts
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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.
- Essay (40%)
- Literature review (20%)
- Online test (40%)
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You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
MAQ-POIX206 (Not currently available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PLT220, POL206, POL264, POIX206
Pre-requisite: 40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in POL or POIR or POIX units)
NCCW (2020 and onwards) POIR2060 Modern Political Thought
- Other requirements - 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
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