PAIS320 Classical Political ThinkersUpdated: 19 March 2018
|Offering||Not offered in 2019|
|Supervised Exam||There is no supervised examination.|
|Pre-requisites||12cp in Political and International Studies or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award|
|Restrictions||POLS220 or POLS320|
offered in even numbered years
|Coordinator(s)||Anthony Lynch (email@example.com)|
Politics, power, order, authority, security, legitimation - these are the foundational terms of political theory. The foundational thinkers for understanding these terms - more particularly, for understanding the various ways these terms have been interpreted and inter-related - are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. This unit discusses how each of these thinkers deployed these terms and how their views developed. Doing this enables us to better understand the nature of authoritarianism, elitism, democracy, liberalism, socialism and republicanism, and their critical interactions. No-one can claim, with any plausibility, to know what they are saying on any of these topics without understanding these seminal political thinkers.
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|Learning Outcomes (LO)||
Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to: