Thinking Politically

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Learn how to critically examine key political concepts with this online Thinking Politically unit from Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University.

Designed for a range of professionals such as those working within government or fields like sociology and political journalism, the unit explores the basic tenets that underpin politics, and challenges students to rethink how morality and compassion play critical roles in political judgement.

The unit also covers ideologies and political paradigms such as liberalism, nationalism and conservatism, and introduces students to readings from Plato, Aristotle and Machiavelli – thinkers who have greatly influenced the development of modern politics.

Eligibility

Applicants with no prior university experience should consider completing one of the following units before enrolling:

  • Academic Learning Skills

OR

Areas of study

In this Thinking Politically unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Theory and politics
  • The Greek Polis, the sophists and Socrates; philosophy, rhetoric and politics
  • Plato on politics as an art
  • Aristotle on politics, rhetoric and the human good
  • Thomas More – Utopia
  • Thomas Hobbes, the English Civil War, the new civil science
  • Reading week
  • The concept of ideology and nationalism
  • Liberalism
  • Against ideology? Conservatism
  • Fundamentalism
  • The contemporary scene: the end of the resurgence of ideology

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Completing this unit will give you a solid grounding in the principles that underpin modern politics, and will enable you to think more critically about political theory and political rule in today’s context.

You will also gain a deeper appreciation for the various political ideologies practised throughout history, and understand their origins and application throughout the world.

Such knowledge is handy to a range of professionals from those working within government through to political journalists.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Thinking Politically from Macquarie 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 or HECS-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.

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Financial assistance

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

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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.
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