Undergraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Political Philosophy (PHIL10218)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|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)
||Midterm Essay (40%) - 1500 words
Final Essay (60%) - 2500 words
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand central concepts in debates in political philosophy.
- Critically engage with arguments for and against contentious political positions.
- Distinguish specific claims and arguments in political discussion.
- Express their own understanding of key concepts in writing.
- Express their own understanding of key concepts in discussion with others.
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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
|Course organiser||Dr Barry Maguire
Tel: (0131 6)51 3083
|Course secretary||Mr Peter Cruickshank
Tel: (131 6)50 3961