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PHI3002 : Postmodern Political Thought, Domination and Resistance

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To introduce students to particular themes and issues in contemporary moral and political philosophy and their relation to culture and society.

What reasons can other people give to make me do what they want? This is part 2 of a series of lectures concerned with the relationship between authority, reason and contemporary culture. In this module, we shall specifically investigate the nature of culture itself and the crisis of values brought on by subjectivism and the rise of empirical science. Special attention will be paid to the anti-rationalism of postmodern thought and the anti-metaphysical account of value central to political liberalism in order to offer a contemporary understanding of political legitimation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics investigated include:
1. From values to worldviews: modernity, scientific reason, culture and historical transformations
2. The meaning of postmodern: crisis, history and the rationality of narratives
4. Postmodern ethical emancipation
5. Political liberalism
6. Virtual resistance
The subjects of the lectures will be augmented by discussions in tutorials of specific issues using examples drawn from contemporary culture.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Preparation and completion of essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study501:0050:00Review lecture and other source material and prepare for small group teaching
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide students with a systematic account of the concepts and ideas of the treated thinkers and their relation to key aspects of life e.g. politics, art, science. Students are given a structured reading list, a set of lecture notes with tutorial summaries, supported by controlled questions and references to specific works in order to develop the interpretative, logical and analytical skills required for good argument. .

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The students have the choice between picking an essay title out of six standard topics or designing their own with their tutor’s help and approval. This makes it possible to assess knowledge possession and advanced theoretical understanding as well as the critical and creative verbal skills of the student. The essays test the ability to think analytically, creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.

Reading Lists

Timetable