Democracy, Terrorism and Violence

Subject 166-219 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. Two 1-hour lectures per week for 10 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually a first-year politics subject.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Adrian Little
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the key concepts in political theory and the ways in which they are employed in different political ideologies and movements. It identifies the main principles which are invoked to support the political structures of different societies. In so doing the subject analyses concepts such as freedom, equality and rights and their implications for the nature of democracy and the organisation of the state and civil society. It will also explain the different forms of political agency that exist in politics from the nation to the community and the individual. Lastly the subject examines case studies to demonstrate the difficulties that can arise in the practical enactment of political concepts and political theory more generally.

Assessment: A 2000-word essay 50% (due mid-semester) and a 2-hour examination 50% (during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate written communication skills in the construction and articulation of a fluent argument;

  • show the ability to conduct appropriate research into a topic through selecting and accessing relevant literature and resources;

  • be able to address a topic from a critical, analytical approach;

  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the appropriate literature and research;

  • show an awareness of the issues in the practical application of theoretical debates.


Previously available as Democracy: Theories & Concepts. Students who have completed Democracy: Theories and Concepts are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Diploma in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Political Science)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Political Science)

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