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AIP398 - Political Leadership

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Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:H Lofgren
Prerequisite:At least one unit at Level 2 in the Politics and Policy Studies major, or equivalent, or with the permission of the Unit Chair.
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This unit focuses on central issues in the analysis of political leadership. Drawing on Machiavelli, Weber and contemporary scholars, the unit analyses the relationship between individual attributes, including charisma, populist intuition and moral authority, and contextual factors such as culture and institutions. The unit is organised around case studies of figures such as Hitler and Stalin, Castro and other leaders in the developing world, and Labor and Liberal leaders in Australia. The role of women in political leadership is one of the themes explored. The unit provides a basis for understanding the sometimes decisive influence exercised by political leaders at different times and in different political systems.


First assignment 1000 words 20%, Second assignment 2000 words 40%, Examination 40%

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