Selected thinkers from Plato to the present. Three problems, whether reason can justify humane ideals, whether politics is natural, individual liberty versus other goods.
The basic problems of political philosophy have occupied great minds from the ancient to contemporary worlds. Questions like: What constitutes the good life? Is politics natural? and, should (individual) liberty outrank other goods? interrelated and fundamental to the discipline of politics, they are also at the heart of social/political existence of which we are all, inescapably, a part.
|Paper title||Political Philosophy - Basic Problems|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
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- The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
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- Course outline
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The main purpose of the paper is to acquaint you with some of the core texts in the history of Western political thought, to help you identify ways in which they apply to your world and to facilitate the process of critical thought. You will be able to demonstrate understanding of some of the core texts in the history of western political thought and the ability to think critically - including applying key political concepts to the student's world.