Course ObjectiveMain goals of the course are:
• Knowledge of theories and developments in political philosophy
• Ability to critically analyse basic presuppositions of central
paradigms in political philosophy
• Knowledge of political theoretical debates concerning the role and
legitimacy of key institutions of modern societies
• Ability to apply different theories to topical issues
Course ContentThis course offers a systematic and rigorous overview of different
theories and developments in political philosophy. Approaches that will
be discussed include egalitarianism, libertarianism, socialism,
communitarianism, republicanism, feminism, multiculturalism, and the
capability approach. The discussion will link the central ideas to the
analysis of key institutional phenomena: free markets, (welfare) states,
civil society, new social movements, democracy and the public sphere.
Students will practice their debating skills in debates on topical
Teaching MethodsLectures and seminars (active learning groups).
Method of AssessmentTwo written tests (2x 25%), essay (50%) and seminar assignments
LiteratureKymlicka, W. (2002), Contemporary Political Philosophy, 2nd edition,
Selection of articles
Target AudienceSecond year students PPE specialization Track 1: Philosophy
Additional InformationPlease note that participation in the seminars is mandatory.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (ii) lecture, but not for the seminar groups.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees|
|Examiner||prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees|
prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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