Modern Political Thought

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for POLITICS 209.


What should the state do and what should it keep out of? Focussing on key debates in modern political theory, topics will vary year from year and may include political authority and the rule of law; freedom, coercion, and manipulation; indigenous rights and the welfare state; paternalism; the ethics of war, global justice and feminism.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for POLITICS 209.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Stephen Winter


Coursework + exam


POLITICS 209: 15 points


15 points at Stage I in Politics and International Relations and 30 points in the BA