Politics, Law, Philosophy: Constitutions and Revolutions

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics, Law, Philosophy: Constitutions and Revolutions

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Global Security and Intelligence Studies, International Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit completed

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Constitutionalism is a fundamental feature of politics in the West. Constitutions are both legal and philosophical artifacts that structure the political life and power arrangements of peoples. The study of the development of constitutionalism illustrates political science in action, showing the ways in which philosophy and law come together both to call into question and to establish on new grounds the foundations of political order. The connection between philosophy, law, political power and revolution forms the guiding thread of the course. The course explores the origins of constitutional thinking in ancient and medieval political philosophy. It then identifies the innovations brought about in constitutionalism through the U.S. and French Revolutions, leading to the examination of the current attempts to develop a global constitutionalism based on universal human rights.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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