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POLS322 Politics and Human Nature

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
Paper code POLS322
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed

Louis P. Pojman. Who are we?: theories of human nature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
A Course Reader will be available for purchase.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for POLS 322. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

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.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system