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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Political Philosophy (PHIL10218)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers advanced topics in Political Philosophy, either contemporary or historical. The course may focus on an extended examination of a philosophical issue, such as distributive justice, retributive justice, freedom, democracy, rights, and may focus in depth on the work of particular philosophers.
Course description This course examines in detail an advanced topic in Political Philosophy. Topics will vary from year to year and may be either contemporary or historical. The course may focus on an extended examination of a philosophical debate. Alternatively, the course may focus on a historical figure or set of figures in the history of political philosophy (construed broadly).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay (40%) - 1500 words
Final Essay (60%) - 2500 words
Feedback Specific guidance will be given in advance of each assignment. Instructor feedback and peer feedback will provide formative opportunities ahead of final essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand central concepts in debates in political philosophy.
  2. Critically engage with arguments for and against contentious political positions.
  3. Distinguish specific claims and arguments in political discussion.
  4. Express their own understanding of key concepts in writing.
  5. Express their own understanding of key concepts in discussion with others.
Reading List
Representative Readings:
John Rawls, The Theory of Justice
Elizabeth Anderson, Private Government
Julia Maskiver, The Duty to Vote
G.A. Cohen, Rescuing Justice and Equality
Tommie Shelby, We Who Are Dark
Avery Kolers, A Moral Theory of Solidarity
Eric Mack, Libertarianism
Scott Shapiro, Legality
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Barry Maguire
Tel: (0131 6)51 3083
Course secretaryMr Peter Cruickshank
Tel: (131 6)50 3961
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