Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy

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Doel vak

This course is part of the bachelor programs Sociology (leerlijn:
Sociale Vraagstukken), Political Science, and Cultural Anthropology and
Development Sociology.

The course is designed to introduce students into the normative and
ethical debates about contemporary challenges to society. The central
idea of the course is that students in the social sciences should not
only be able to analyze and research social issues and developments, but
also be capable of critical reflection on the normative aspects,
dilemmas, and positions in debates about these issues.

Learning objectives

Knowledge and Understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the types of ethical dilemma’s that are part of current social,
political, and cultural tensions and disputes, such as sociocultural
diversity, issues of inequality, and democratic political participation;
(2) the various approaches and theories addressing these normative
questions and dilemma's.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(3) recognize the ethnical quandaries underlying the positions and
proposals in and on societal problems and social, political, and
cultural interests constituting them; and
(4) apply normative theories to concrete contemporary contested issues.

Making judgements. The student is able to:
(5) critically reflect upon the normative dimension of contemporary
contested issues, in particular on cultural diversity, social
inequality, and political participation.

Communication. The student has acquired the skills to:
(6) write a short essay on a contemporary contentious issue,
addressing a normative question and/or dilemma.

Inhoud vak

After an introduction to the foundational debates on the notion of
'justice' in normative theory (e.g universalism versus relativism,
deontology versus consequentionalism, monism versus value pluralism) we
concentrate on the following contemporary contested issues (both
nationally and internationally):

(1) Cultural diversity and moral universalism: How to reconcile the
claim of 'universal human rights' with the fact of cultural, ethnic and
religious diversity?
(2) Democracy: What are the challenges to the idea of democracy by such
developments as globalization, the rise of "populism", European
integration and
the changing media landscape?
(3) Social equality: What is a 'fair' and 'just' distribution of
socio-economic goods?




Written assigment (30%) and final exam (open
essay-questions) (70%).


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).


3rd year bachelor students in Sociology; 3rd year bachelor students in
Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology; 3rd year bachelor
students in Political Science.
Open as an elective course for Exchange students.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_CSPP
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator drs. B. Slijper
Examinator drs. B. Slijper
Docenten dr. E. van Roekel
dr. J.M. Hoye
drs. B. Slijper

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