Political theory is marked by its diversity and contested nature. In this course we briefly examine the development of contemporary political theory and then focus on a number of challenging recent topics. The motivating premise is that to understand the diversity and heterogeneity of contemporary political thought it is necessary to have a view of its varied origins: Renaissance humanism, Catholic and Protestant theology, and the Scottish Enlightenment, amongst others. With this history in view we can better understand and engage with the features of contemporary theory, including the aspirations of analytical philosophy, the gloom of Frankfurt School dialectics, and the chic of French post-structuralism.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:After successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of major political ideas and debates.
- Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major political thinkers in western political thought, past and present.
- Develop written arguments using political ideas.
- Acquire the capacity to intervene in tutorial debates based on a sound knowledge of the set texts.
Indicative AssessmentEssay (3000 words, 45%, LOs 1, 2, 3); exam (3 hours, 45%, LOs 1, 2, 3), and tutorial work (10%, LO 4).
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Students will be expected to spend an average of seven hours per week in addition to three contact hours (two hours of lectures, one hour tutorial) in order to prepare for tutorials, conduct research and write the written assignments as well as to prepare for the final examination. Lectures will be recorded. Notes will be available on the web.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided.
Kymlicka, W., Contemporary Political Philosophy, (Oxford)
Assumed KnowledgeIt is recommended that students first take POLS 2119 Ideas in Politics.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9461||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|