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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an advanced introduction to some of the most important values, concepts, and theories being debated in contemporary political philosophy, with a particular focus on freedom, justice, and equality. Framed by the work of a range of influential modern philosophers, students will explore the normative underpinnings of a range of contemporary political controversies relating to topics such as democracy, hate speech, distributive inequality, libertarianism, race, multiculturalism, and gender and the family. Throughout the semester, there will be an emphasis on student learning through a close engagement with key philosophical texts and dynamic class discussion. The subject is strongly recommended to students who wish to further their understanding of the relationship between politics and philosophy, clarify their own thinking on contemporary political issues, and sharpen their capacity to advance and evaluate political arguments.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminars discussions, online activities, examination, research paper.

Capstone subjectYes

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Incompatible subjectsPOL3HON

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply philosophical techniques to key issues in contemporary politics.
02. Compare and contrast different theoretical and philosophical perspectives on key issues in contemporary political philosophical.
03. Critically examine major texts.
04. Research and analyse a key issue in contemporary political philosophy.

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