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POLS101 Political Philosophy - Basic Problems

Selected thinkers from Plato to the present. Three problems, whether reason can justify humane ideals, whether politics is natural, individual liberty versus other goods.

Political thinkers from a wide range of times, places and social groups are brought into dialogue with present-day political theory. We ask about (1) how to achieve political order? (2) how to achieve justice? (3) how to achieve cooperation? and (4) how to change the world?

Paper title Political Philosophy - Basic Problems
Paper code POLS101
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Paper Structure
How can we all believe different things about politics and yet each believe that our own views are correct? Looking at both the history of ideas about politics and at present-day political debates, we will see that these differences are, if anything, more radical than we might have thought. We will think about different styles of political argument and ask how we can manage to live together as disagreeing equals.
Eligibility
The study of Politics at 100-level does not require any specific previous study. An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Textbooks
To be advised.
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.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-32, 34, 36-40

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T3 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 37-39
T4 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 37-39
T5 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 37-39
T6 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29-34, 37-39