PAIS302 Political Ideologies

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 12cp in PAIS or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions POLS100 or PAIS102 or PAIS502
Notes None
Combined Units PAIS502 - Political Ideologies
Coordinator(s) Tim Battin (
Unit Description

This unit is a broad introduction to some major and influential political ideologies. Ideologies considered include conservatism, liberalism, Marxism and democratic socialism, as well as such new ideologies as religious fundamentalism. This unit proceeds from the assumption that a knowledge of political ideologies is essential for understanding political systems and institutions and the contexts in which they exist, political behaviour and political discourse.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Political Ideologies: An Introduction

ISBN: 9781137606013
Heywood, A., Palgrave 6th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1: Essay 50% Online 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 1: Essay 30% On Campus 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 30% On Campus 1000
Assessment Notes

Tutorial Exercise. Students are required to undertake the following as part of this exercise: Two Presentations (15% each)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50% Online
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40% On Campus
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit a broad and coherent understanding of key components relating to a range of political ideologies;
  2. analyse a range of political ideologies;
  3. produce clear written or oral communication (including the construction of a logical argument and the selection, evaluation and analysis of evidence); and
  4. apply well-developed research skills.