PAIS308 Modern Political Thinkers

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in Political and International Studies or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PAIS408 or PAIS508 or POLS208 or POLS308 or POLS408

offered in odd numbered years

Combined Units PAIS508 - Modern Political Thinkers
Coordinator(s) Anthony Lynch (
Unit Description

This unit explores the ideas of the key modern thinkers in neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, post-modernism, communitarianism, and new socialisms in their historical and political context.

Materials No text required
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 60% 2500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Take Home Examination

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of and analyse complex arguments from contemporary political philosophy;
  2. demonstrate both an understanding of the ideas of the seminal Western political thinkers studied and development of their critical reasoning skills;
  3. write a clear and coherent expository synopsis of the theories of major thinkers in the history of political thought; and
  4. apply knowledge, critical thinking skills and well developed judgement to the pursuit of professional interests and needs.