POLS106-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Plato to Nato: Introduction to Political Thought

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


What’s the right thing for a group of people to do? How does a society know it is well governed? How do you know you are doing the right thing for your country, or your fellow citizens, or how that will impact on your family and friends? Who matters more, your family or your fellow citizens? The best way to answer these questions has been debated for more than over 2000 years. This course is an introduction to the thinkers that have suggested answers to these questions and influenced everyone from Plato to Trump and you. In this course, you will study the evolution of the ideas that form the building blocks of the political and social sciences. The course traverses the political ideas that arose in the Greek and Roman civilisations, the Renaissance, the birth of America, the death of the English and French despotic monarchies, and the great traumas of socialism, Marxism and the political upheavals that followed the wars of the 20th century. We will trace the changes in the fundamental political concepts such as freedom, equality, rights, justice, government, the state, markets, and domination.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Lindsey MacDonald


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly assignment 15% Weekly personal reflections based on the secondary readings for that topic
Essay Proposal 10% (1) Your intended argument (100-200 words) & bibliography uploaded to Learn by end of the Week 4 & (2) a discussion with lecturer about the proposal after uploading proposal in Learn
Test 21 Aug 2020 20% Online end of term 3 uploaded after class Thursday 20 August
Test 16 Oct 2020 20% Online end of term 2 uploaded after class Thursday 15 Oct
Essay 30 Oct 2020 35% 1500-2000 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All POLS106 Occurrences

  • POLS106-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • POLS106-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)