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.
|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:
Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.