Advising the Prince

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

Want more course info?

FREE CALL 1800 063 523

Monday to Friday: 8am - late
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm

About this unit:

For centuries, Niccolo Machiavelli’s controversial text, The Prince, has been one of the most influential pieces of writing to address politics, diplomacy, sociology and human behaviour. Its teachings and ideas have been heatedly debated since it was first published and the text remains to be a source of contention throughout the world today.

This unit gives students a full understanding of Machiavelli’s work and allows students to apply The Prince’s ideas to today’s most crucial issues, such as terrorism, global warming and the European Union. Far from a dry reading of a historical book, this unit focuses on offering a dynamic, critical discourse on how The Prince does or does not resonate with the modern political scene.

By studying this unit, students will test and improve their ability to think critically, analyse clearly and articulate their opinions in a compelling, convincing way.

Eligibility:

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following equivalent unit, Advising the Prince: Ethics, Politics and Power.

Areas of Study

In this arts and humanities unit, the topics you will study include:

  • This unit explores the nature and purpose of politics
  •  
  • In a spin: Machiavelli's advice
  • The lion and the fox: personality, politics
  • The politics of leadership: getting to the top
  • Virtú, virtue and the truth: politics and dishonesty
  • Human nature and corruption
  • Is it better to be loved or feared?
  • Fighting your own battles: war and politics
  • Problems of empire
  • Fortune is a woman: Machiavelli and women in politics
  • Machiavelli and political biography
  • The ends and means of politics: political ideas

Course Pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit. Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Get more information

Want more information about this unit? Fill out the enquiry form on the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

Worried your online qualification won't be recognised? Think again..

How will this unit advance my career?

Machiavelli’s work is still at the forefront of political thinking and strategic planning the world over. Therefore, showing an in-depth knowledge of both The Prince and how it has been applied through the centuries exhibits a real understanding of political tactics. Also, by closely studying the text through the lens of today’s most pressing topics, students gain a truly practical concept of Machiavelli’s philosophies as well as honing their ability to analyse, conceptualise and plan politically. 

Part and parcel of this unit is constant investigation. Rather than simply assume The Prince’s teachings are right and relevant in today’s advanced political spectrum, the unit invites students to challenge Machiavelli’s notions. This way, rather than simply learning certain elements of key political thought from a classic book, you are encouraged to analyse this information and apply it to the contemporary political scene.

Emerging from this unit, you will have both an in-depth understanding of one of the great works of political theory and a deeper, clearer and more strategic view of contemporary policy making. These elements will make you more attractive for positions in both local and national government, sociology, political science and more.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Arts and Humanities from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

Get More Information

Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

Financial Assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

Get More Information

Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Text and Culture

Enhance your understanding of texts and textual systems with this online Text and Culture unit from Griffith University.
read more

Thinking Politically

Explore political concepts such as justice, equality and democracy with this online unit in Thinking Politically from Macquarie University.
read more

Get more information

Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

FREE CALL 1800 063 523

Monday to Friday: 8am - late
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Over 1,000 accredited online courses from leading Australian universities, TAFEs and colleges