Courses & Units

Political Philosophy HPH304

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Introduction

This is an introduction to political philosophy. Political philosophy is the branch of philosophy concerned with political values, such as freedom, equality, community, rights, duties, and democracy. Political philosophy is as old as philosophy itself. However, this unit will focus on contemporary debates. These cover a wide range of issues linked by fundamental disagreements about what makes one form of government better than another. The readings are selected principally on the basis of their influence in philosophy and other disciplines such as political science and sociology, as well as the wider culture.

Summary

Unit name Political Philosophy
Unit code HPH304
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor David Coady
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the work of some of the most important political philosophers in contemporary political philosophy.
  • Understand some of the historical context from which contemporary debates in political philosophy arose.
  • Analyse and communicate ideas about politics with increased sophistication.
  • Apply the concepts of contemporary political philosophy to contemporary political issues.
  • Develop an ability to understand and respect the political commitments of others, without necessarily sharing them.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091701 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On campus

Weekly online lecture (1 hour)

Weekly seminar (1 hour)

Weekly tutorial (1 hour)

Off campus

Weekly lecture (1 hour)

Weekly online discussions (equivalent 2 hours)

AssessmentExam (50%)|Presentation (10%)|Essay (40%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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