Introduction to Political Ideas

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Political Ideas

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course offers an overview of major political ideologies, concepts and debates. It is intended to provide students with a solid base in the political ideas that have a prominent place in a variety of POLS and INTP courses. Topics covered range from justice and equality to the morality of war. 60% internal assessment, 40% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in INTP. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students passing the course should be able to:
    1. define major political concepts such as authority, power, freedom, etc.
    2. understand the contours of ideologies that are prevalent in today?s political landscape such
    as liberalism, egalitarianism, multiculturalism and nationalism
    3. discuss important political issues from different ideological perspectives
    4. critically assess different ideological perspectives
    5. develop cohesive and informed arguments in response to political questions.

    Strategies Report- 2%
    Discussion board posts- 8%
    Two 1500 word essays- 50%
    Final Examination- 40%

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