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PLT4399 - Grand Theories of Politics

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Michael Janover


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Selected topics in the history of political thought, including the nature of epic or grand theories of politics and the role of various forms of moral, religious, scientific, and metaphysical thinking in such theories. Texts and arguments considered are of two kinds:

  1. models of construction and deconstruction of the history of Western political and philosophical thought in writings of Heidegger, Feyerabend, Strauss, Derrida;
  2. conceptions of knowledge, power and morality, culture and civilisation in the thinking of Socrates, Plato, Machiavelli, Rousseau and Nietzsche.


Seminar paper (1000 words) and participation: 10%
Essay (5000 words): 50%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


COS4399, EUR4399