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POIR2060 – Modern Political Thought

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Ian Tregenza
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POIR or MHIX or POIX or POL units)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
What are the limits of the legitimate use of force by political authorities? How should the power of government be limited? When is a government or political regime legitimate? These and related questions have been the subject of a continuous debate in political theory since the sixteenth century. This unit examines the various theories of human rights and of social contract as well as theories which reject the liberal/democratic approach to the question of legitimacy. Among the authors to be read are Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Rawls, Schmitt, and Foucault.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify arguments for and against the need to consent to the exercise of political power.
  • ULO2: Understand key concepts which are deployed in the debate on political legitimacy
  • ULO3: Apply concepts to the analysis of political phenomena
  • ULO4: Read and critically interpret some classic and contemporary political texts

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Literature review 20% No 23:59 27/08/2021
Essay 40% No 23:59 22/10/2021
Final test online 40% No 23:59 5/11/2021

Literature review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 23:59 27/08/2021
Weighting: 20%

 

Short paper based on one or more of the unit readings

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify arguments for and against the need to consent to the exercise of political power.
  • Understand key concepts which are deployed in the debate on political legitimacy
  • Read and critically interpret some classic and contemporary political texts

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 23:59 22/10/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

2500 word essay based on set questions

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify arguments for and against the need to consent to the exercise of political power.
  • Understand key concepts which are deployed in the debate on political legitimacy
  • Apply concepts to the analysis of political phenomena
  • Read and critically interpret some classic and contemporary political texts

Final test online

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 23:59 5/11/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Two hour online test in final week of semester

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify arguments for and against the need to consent to the exercise of political power.
  • Understand key concepts which are deployed in the debate on political legitimacy
  • Apply concepts to the analysis of political phenomena
  • Read and critically interpret some classic and contemporary political texts

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Readings will be available through ilearn

Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule

Weekly Topics:

Week 1. Introduction. Power, Legitimacy and the Modern State

Week 2. Before the Modern State: Machiavelli on Power

Week 3. Constructing Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes

Week 4. Constraining Leviathan: John Locke

Week 5. Social Contract versus Tradition: Rousseau and Burke

Week 6. Liberty and Representative Government: J.S. Mill

Week 7. Fairness and an Overlapping Consensus: John Rawls

Week 8. Reading Week. 

Week 9. Against the Liberal State 1: Karl Marx

Week 10. Against the Liberal State 2: Carl Schmitt

Week 11. Contesting Patriarchal Legitimacy: Feminism

Week 12. Overturning Sovereign Power: Michel Foucault

Week 13. Class Test

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