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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Keith Wilson


Previously coded HPL1504


This unit focuses on the political social economic ideas that shaped the world during the 20th Century and especially since 1945. This unit will foster an understanding of the ideas and beliefs that continue to shape the lives of people and activites of states in the contemporary international political system.


It is anticipated that participation in this unit will enable you to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the ideas that form the basis of the major religious, economic, political and social theories that have been the focus of social transformation and conflict in the late twentieth century;
  2. Use a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to analyse and critically evaluate ideas and ideologies and their impact on late twentieth century societies;
  3. Develop skills in oral and written discussion of ideas and their importance in ordering different cultures and societies;and
  4. Comprehend a range of cultural, intellectual and philosophical perspectives recognising their impact on the lives of people and their interaction with others.


Essay 1 (1000 words): 20%
Essay 2 (1500 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week (two 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study