POLS2302 – Political Thought: Plato to Modernity89.9
Took this subject in 2020 Sem 1 and with covid dismantling the status quo, I really must give it up to Nick, our lecturer and tutor, who had to run the entire course alone (as the other two staff had to leave for some reason), but regardless delivered a very high standard of teaching.
This course is quite an ambitious one yet it turned out really well. Nick always gave an informative detail of each political figure and learning so many new philosophers was a delight, including Karl Marx and Mary Wollstonecraft, to see how major political thoughts changed over the centuries. I thoroughly enjoyed the tutes (despite being over Zoom!) as I found myself discussing with a usually very small class (5-7 people) a lot more than I would in a physical setting. The tute questions and summaries were helpful and honestly quite easy. I don't understand how the below reviewer found them so difficult. But fair to say the essay was a bit hard to get a 7 on, so prioritise time on it!
Honestly you can really grow a passion for this subject if you do the tute questions and make the most out of tutes. Stay on top of the subject and hopefully you'll really enjoy this subject like I did.
POLS2302 – Political Thought: Plato to Modernity85.0
SEM 1 2019
I loved that we were given the opportunity to look at iconic, classic thinkers. I also really appreciated the way that the course aims to draw parallels between these thinkers and our modern world, as I feel like it could have steered into a straight-up history lesson, without really mentioning how it's relevant / why it matters. Glad it wasn't superficial like "Oh Smith is really important because he was influential to our economic system", but instead dispelling modern myths about these thinkers, giving us context to why they developed that philosophy and some lesser known facts that contemporary culture has kinda forgotten.
POLS2302 is also super relevant to not just political science, but SUCH a broad range of other disciplines. You could definitely tie some of the content to organizational behaviour, economics, philosophy, psych, natural sciences, etc. I'm a dual degree student so I'm glad I learned something that I could use in some of my other classes!
Love love love that we just have a single huge piece of assessment instead of bullshit quizzes every week or a mid-term where everybody crams, and learns nothing. Really gets you familiar with whatever thinkers you chose. Best way to learn I reckon.
Ryan is really lovely and super funny. He makes dead old white dudes kinda not boring. Thank you a lot for that. Thanks for not being so monotone and keeping your presentation slides clean and simple. Keep doing you Ryan.
A surprisingly delightful cornerstone course, which I don't say often for cornerstone courses. Also mad easy. Thanks for the semester everybody involved! Much love
4-6 PM lectures are tiring.
I personally would love more information on the assessment, especially the take home exam. The major assessment's rubric was also kinda vague...I get that it's not supposed to be rigid but it was so ambiguous
Long Long Ago!
BArts (Political Science and IR) / BBusMan (Marketing)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
looks at fun dead thinkers
ryan is a top bloke
barely any readings for a polsci course
lecture times are cooked
kinda vague assessment guidelines
tutorials can be hit or miss depending on how the other students are
POLS2302 – Political Thought: Plato to Modernity18.4
I will say this course is the toughest in the Political Science Major. This course is super difficult.
It is not easy to understand the history of politics way back from 1600 to 1800. The politicians' reading back in those years write profound English and is tough to understand what they say. The essay is tough that you need to link back to that old history of politics, the essay is a nightmare to get marks.
The summaries component is tough as well, to read and understand the reading text and come out with the correct argument and thesis are not simple at all.
The take home exam is really difficult as well. Basically, every component of this course needs to link back to the reading text (1600 to 1800).
Good luck taking this course. Thank God I passed it.
Semester 1 - 2017
Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No, I don\'t understand anything when i attended it.
POLS2302 – Political Thought: Plato to Modernity87.9
POLS2302 set itself the difficult and ambitious task of chronicling the history of Western thought, from Plato to the Utilitarians. It ran the risk of being superficial, poorly structured, and convoluted, but, to my astonishment, was elevated by the tutor's lucid exposition of the course material and the ease with which one could approach it all. It was a truly fantastic course that I'd recommend to anybody, political or otherwise.