Undergraduate Course: Freedom, Consent and Political Obligation (PHIL10176)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||A course in political philosophy conducted by an examination of three fundamental concepts: freedom, consent and obligations to the state. The seminar-based course is oriented around the discussion of focal works by mostly twentieth-century philosophers.
A course in political philosophy conducted by an examination of three fundamental concepts: freedom, consent and obligations to the state. The seminar-based course is oriented around the discussion of focal works by mostly twentieth-century philosophers. The guiding idea is that understanding these concepts provides insights into different constructions of legitimate government and political authority. We will consider each concept several times to understand the varieties of ways in which the concepts may be defined. The course will begin with a discussion of the idea of political philosophy and conclude with a consideration of the extent to which the political can be treated separately from the moral where similar considerations of freedom, consent and obligation exist.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) AND
Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014)
||Other requirements|| Students who have not taken Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017) and Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) must gain permission from the Course Organiser before enrolling on this course.
Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam 100 %
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Freedom, Consent and Political Obligation||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain how several fundamental political concepts are combined to conceive of legitimate government.
- Understand how to address questions such as "How is political authority possible?" or "Do we have a duty to obey the state?"
- Articulate the differences between the political, moral, public and private spheres of activity.
- Conduct conceptual analysis of inter-related, abstract concepts.
- Give clear, structured arguments in favour of or against a proffered conceptual analysis, revision or elaboration.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr David Levy
Tel: (0131 6)50 9943
|Course secretary||Miss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961