Units of Study

GOVT3993 - Power

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rodney Kenneth David Smith


Power is the essential concept of political science, which is the systematic study of politics. Bertrand Russell, perhaps the greatest mind of the 20th Century, said power is the central concept of all the social sciences. Students explore this concept in different parts of political science and survey some debates on power, assessing the advantages and disadvantages of concepts of power. There are three themes in this unit. The first is the distribution of power in society. The second is power in comparative politics and the third is power in international relations. The emphasis is on the nature, sources and use of power.


1000wd essay (2x15%), 1x2500wd essay (50%), in-class and online participation (20%)


Unit Reader will be available at the University Copy Centre


1x2-hr lecture-seminar/week, 1x1-hr lecture-seminar/week


12 Senior credit points from Government and GOVT2991, each at the level of Credit or better, or with the consent of the Honours Coordinator, Dr John Mikler.



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