A critical survey of ideas about human nature in ancient to contemporary political though, focusing on the West, and applications to contemporary debates and issues.
This learner-centred - rather than lecture-driven - class emphasises critical thought and communication skills as well as deep conceptual comprehension. Political philosophy students are better able to make connections across theories and fields and to apply excellent communication and analytical skills to political and ethical questions underlying everyday political issues and debates.
|Paper title||Politics and Human Nature|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 200-level POLS paper or one of CHTH 231, GEND 201, GEND 208, PHIL 221, PHIL 227, PHIL 228, PHIL 234, PSYC 204
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- May not be credited together with POLS 332 passed in 2013 or Summer School 2015.
- Course outline
- View the course outline for POLS 322
- Teaching staff
- Dr Carla Lam
- Louis P. Pojman. Who are we?: theories of human nature. New York: Oxford University
A Course Reader will be available for purchase.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of central ideas in ancient to contemporary political thought about human nature, focusing on the West and as applied to contemporary debates and issues.