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PHIL2635: Contemporary Political Philosophy

This unit offers a critical introduction to the major schools of thought in contemporary political philosophy. The unit covers the traditional problem of political authority and legitimacy, the nature of political values, the relationship between social institutions such as marriage and the family and the political life of a community, and the justification for democratic institutions. The inclusive ambitions of liberal political theory will be confronted with objections from thinkers motivated by concern with various aspects of social and political exclusion based on categories such as citizenship status, gender, cultural difference, and race.

Code PHIL2635
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level from any combination of Philosophy, Government, International Relations, Politics
PHIL2535 or PHIL3535

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate and understanding of the central concepts of normative political theory including legitimacy, justice, equality, liberty, and democracy
  • LO2. apply the central concepts of normative political theory to contemporary political issues including gender equality, markets, immigration and borders, educational justice, and indigenous rights.
  • LO3. demonstrate a capacity for independent and critical thinking on both theoretical and applied issues in normative philosophy philosophy

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.