University of Technology Sydney

52673 Political Ideas and Change

Requisite(s): 12 credit points of completed study in spk(s): MAJ09476 48cp Social and Political Sciences Major
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 54051 Politics, Ideologies and Beliefs


This subject investigates the main concepts that define politics, and which influence the everyday political lives of states, economies and civil societies. Drawing on real world contexts, students examine a range of contemporary political ideologies, including liberalism, conservatism, social democracy and nationalism.

Using ethnographic research methods, students conduct participant observation of one organisation, choosing from a range of political parties, non-government organisations, religious institutions, trade unions and political movements. By immersing themselves in their chosen organisation, students learn how the organisation’s goals and activities are shaped by different political ideas.

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Autumn session, City campus

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