Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Michael Janover


Previously coded PLT1050


Themes of nature and reason, law and will, revolution and history in selected political and philosophical writings. Central to the unit will be writings by Plato, Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and Karl Marx. We will consider questions of the origins of political society, ways of organising power, connections (or gaps) between morals and politics.


Tutorial presentation and participation: 10%
Assignment (500 words): 15%
Essay (2000 words): 35%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

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