Political Philosophy: Freedom, Justice and the State examines key concepts in democratic and political theory. The subject addresses questions of what it means for citizens to have an equal chance of participation or influence in public affairs. The subject also explores issues of justice, freedom, rights, democracy and public interest.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Political Philosophy: Freedom, Justice and the State|
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|Attendance and learning activities:||80% attendance at lectures and tutorials.|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives in contemporary political philosophy.
- Capacity to engage critically in issues of political philosophy.
- Capacity to apply political philosophical principles and theories to contemporary issues and problems.
- Capacity to effectively communicate complex ideas and arguments
- Appreciation of and respect for a wide variety of political and moral opinion.
- Capacity to engage in group discussion of contested ideas in an intelligent and cooperative manner.
|*Class Participation||Tutorial participation||10%||Weekly||5, 6.|
|Essay||Theoretical Appreciation and Critique (2500 words)||40%||Week 10||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
|*Debate||Philosophical Debate on an assigned topic||50%||To Be Negotiated||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
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|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
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What is political philosophy? What are its methods? Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter One.
An introduction and critical assessment of utilitarianism as a form of political philosophy. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter Two.
Is equality a defensible political value? What kind of equality? How is it reconciled with demands for political freedom? We examine the work of John Rawls and John Dworkin. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter Three.
Libertarians promote individual economic liberty over social justice goals. What is the philosophical basis for their views? Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter Four.
Introduction to contemporary applications of Marxism in political philosophy: analytical Marxism. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter Five.
Weeks 1-5 concentrate on economic justice as a benchmark value of political philosophy. We change focus in the remainder of the course: focussing on social issues and political participation. We view and discuss the film: Jesus Camp.
We examine the communitarian challenge to liberal political philosophy. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter 6, sections 1-6.
We examine Rawls' attempt to accommodate communitarian insights and describe the legitimate role minority cultural preferences might play in a just democratic state. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter 6, sections 7-11
We examine the views of philosophers who place the demands and status of political citizenship at the core of political philosophy. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter 7.
We examine the challenges created for political philosophy created by the claims of minority cultures and groups in a multicultural society. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter 8.
We examine some work in contemporary feminist political philosophy. Reading: Kymlicka, Chapter 9.
We put the various theories and principles we have examined throughout the semester into an overall context and ask the key question: where to now?