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POLIS 2106 - Justice, Virtue and the Good

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: POLI 2009, POLI 2106, POLI 3009
Assessment: 3000 word essay (60%), 1500 word minor essay (30%), tutorial participation (10%)
Syllabus:

The aim of this course is to teach you about political theory, and its function and place within the discipline of political science. We do this by reading, analysing and criticising the arguments made by some of the great political theorists in the Western tradition and by exploring some of the most controversial debates in political theory. The theorists we read and study include: Socrates, Plato, the Stoics, the Epicureans, John Locke, Adam Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Will Kymlicka, Peter Singer and Susan Moller-Okin. We also look at controversial debates including the ethics of abortion, whether it is acceptable to compel people to vote and whether or not we have moral obligations to strangers. The emphasis in this course in on argument. We look at the arguments raised by each of these theorists and the evidence they use in support of the claims they make. We also learn how political theory can resolve some of the tensions and ambiguities around real life issues.

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program


Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10405 LE01 80 28 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre
7 Mar - 11 Apr Thursday 1pm - 2pm Ligertwood, 333, Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 4 Jun Tuesday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre
2 May - 6 Jun Thursday 1pm - 2pm Ligertwood, 333, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Small Group Discovery
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11003 SG05 20 2 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 10am - 11am Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Tuesday 10am - 11am Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
11005 SG04 20 15 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
11007 SG02 20 11 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 4pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Tuesday 3pm - 4pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
11008 SG01 20 FULL 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Tuesday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room