Foundations of Western Politics and Law

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for POLITICS 109.


An examination, via the works of selected major European thinkers from Ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Britain, of ideas central to the western tradition of political thought: justice, law, liberty, power, rights, citizenship, the rights of women, and the right to resist governments. Thinkers studied include Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Mill and Marx.

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Availability 2023

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Martin Wilkinson


Coursework + exam


POLITICS 109: 15 points