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Political Philosophy HPH304
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.
|Unit name||Political Philosophy|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Philosophy and Gender Studies|
|Coordinator||Doctor David Coady|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- 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.
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
Weekly online lecture (1 hour)
Weekly seminar (1 hour)
Weekly tutorial (1 hour)
Weekly lecture (1 hour)
Weekly online discussions (equivalent 2 hours)
|Assessment||Presentation (10%)|Essay (40%)|Exam (50%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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