PHI3001 : Social and Political Philosophy
PHI3001 : Social and Political Philosophy
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Professor David Rose
- Owning School: School X
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
|PHI2003||Ethics and the Modern World|
Pre Requisite Comment
One of the above required
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
To introduce students to particular themes and issues in contemporary moral and political philosophy and their relation to culture and society.
There is no shortage of people and institutions telling you what to do: your parents, friends, the University, the government; so why do we do what they say, if we do? How do we know who to obey and who to disobey? This module will investigate the concepts of authority, legitimacy and domination, in order to understand the structure of both reason and contemporary culture. The module will cover various accounts of political justification and the schools of political thought (liberalism, libertarianism and socialism) as well as their philosophical foundations in writers as diverse as Karl Marx and John Rawls.
Outline Of Syllabus
This is part 1 of a series of lectures concerned with the relationship between practical reason, contemporary culture and the crisis of values brought on by subjectivism and the rise of empirical science. In this part we shall look specifically at:
1. Introduction: the concept of authority
2. The good reason thesis
3. Rawls and the theory of justice
5. Marx, historical materialism and ideological critique
The subjects of the lectures will be augmented by discussions in tutorials of specific issues using examples drawn from art, religion, science and ethics.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Identify and describe basic positions and ideas of modern political and social philosophy;
• express the relationship between these modes of thought and current political systems;
• possess advanced knowledge of at least two thinkers/positions typical of modern political and social philosophy
Intended Skill Outcomes
By the end of the course students will:
• have acquired the advanced ability to critically interrogate and order a variety of systems of thought
• be able to apply theoretical considerations to discussions of scientific, aesthetic, moral or political value systems
• be able to relevantly and intelligently apply philosophical theories to current debates about science, society, reality and value
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||20:00||20:00||Essay preparation and completion|
|Structured Guided Learning||Structured research and reading activities||10||1:00||10:00||Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||100||2000 word essay|
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.
Past Exam Papers
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