- Class Number 8823
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Simon Cotton
- Simon Cotton
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
- Edmund Handby
This course is a survey of central issues in contemporary normative (i.e., ethical or evaluative) political theory. Both abstract topics and applied questions are considered. The former include: the legitimacy of state authority and corresponding obligation to obey the law, liberal-egalitarianism, libertarianism, and philosophical socialism. In addressing these topics, we consider the views of leading twentieth-century scholars, including John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and G.A. Cohen. The applied topics include free speech, minority cultural rights, gender equality, immigration restrictions, and global distributive justice. Students are shown how to connect everyday political conversation with some of the leading ideas in political theory and, ideally, to tune their ear to conceptual incoherence and logical inconsistency in the former.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an ability to understand, and critically assess, arguments made in normative political theory;
- demonstrate an ability to coherently formulate a normative thesis, and to defend it through argument;
- demonstrate an ability to anticipate, formulate, and effectively respond to counterarguments; and
- demonstrate an ability to gather and critically organize a variety of scholarly sources in a way that engages relevant literature.
Required reading will be available online on Wattle.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- with the return of assessment.
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Student consult times will be updated on Wattle.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||State Legitimacy & Political Obligation|
|5||The Concept of Freedom|
|6||Applied Topic 1: Free Speech|
|7||Applied Topic 2: Minority Cultural Rights|
|8||Applied Topic 3: Equality of Opportunity|
|9||Applied Topic 4: Gender Equality||Essays Due: Friday, October 4|
|10||Applied Topic 5: Immigration Restrictions|
|11||Applied Topic 6: Global Distributive Justice|
|12||Conclusion||EXAM Date and time TBA|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Final Exam||45 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1,2,3,4|
|Tutorial Participation||10 %||01/01/9999||01/01/9999||1,2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The essay should be 2500-2750 words (plus or minus 10%) and will cover material from the first half of the course. You will be given a number of questions to choose from, or may design your own question provided you are given the approval of the instructor.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The exam will cover material from all weeks, although more emphasis will be given to the latter half of the course. You will need to answer two essay questions from a choice of approximately eight.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Participation will be based primarily on contributions to discussions and partially on attendance.
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