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.
- Academic Learning Skills
- Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
Course pathwaysThis unit is a core requirement in the following course:
- Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University
- 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
- Against ideology? Conservatism
- The contemporary scene: the end of the resurgence of ideology
Why Open Universities Australia?
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.