JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIFFERENCE: ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY

POL3LAC

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an issues-based examination of the key ideas in contemporary political theory. After exploring the values of freedom and equality which are central to liberal thought, we then consider powerful challenges to liberalism from a wide range of theoretical perspectives. This allows us to broach topics such as the justification of taxation, multiculturalism, equality of opportunity, the division of labour in the family, hate speech, civil disobedience, and global justice. Our reflections are framed by the more general question of the role and function of political theory with respect to the problems of our modern world.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMiriam Bankovsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects POL2LAC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSubject reader POL2/3LACPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsContemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction.RecommendedKymlicka, W.2ND ED., OXFORD UP, 2001
ReadingsPolitical Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide for Students and PoliticiansRecommendedSwift, A.2ND ED., POLITY, 2006

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