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Module

PHI3002 : Postmodern Political Thought, Domination and Resistance

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Rehberg
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

How do we as human beings position ourselves vis-à-vis the rest of the living world? What gives us the right to to dominate other life forms and to exploit them for our ends? How have philosophers, form antiquity to the present day, legitimated the allegedly superior position of human being in the order of things and on what grounds has this supposed legitimacy been critiqued? What ethical, political, and ontological implications are opened up by these questions?

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics investigated typically may include:

1. How is the category of the human produced
2. Postmodern ethical emancipation
5. Different conceptions of ‘life’
6. Philosophical resistance to modes of exploitation

The subjects of the lectures will be augmented by discussions in tutorials of specific issues using examples drawn from contemporary culture.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Preparation and completion of essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00N/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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M701 essay of 1500 words.
Essay2A301 essay of 700 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