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POLS475 The Ethics and Politics of Resistance

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An exploration of the meaning of political authority and obligation, and an assessment of the possible permissions, duties and techniques that exist for people to resist injustice.

This paper uses the tools of normative political theory to explore questions relating to struggles for justice. Topics covered include the meaning of injustice, the grounds of legitimate authority, the limits of obedience, and duties of resistance. The paper also includes analysis of historical accounts of resistance, including indigenous against settler colonialism, the American civil rights movement, European labour movements and Women's Liberation.

Paper title The Ethics and Politics of Resistance
Paper code POLS475
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,154.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,786.09

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Prerequisite
72 300-level points in POLS
Restriction
POLS 512
Notes
The prerequisite for students taking the subject Philosophy, Politics and Economics is 36 300-level POLS points.
Contact

David Jenkins david.jenkins@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

David Jenkins

Textbooks

There are no text books for this course. Readings will be based on papers and book chapters.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this paper students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key debates within political theory, especially those pertaining to questions of authority and obligation and justifications for resisting what are perceived as illegitimate authority.
  • Produce independent research of a high quality, using combining analysis of complex normative issues with critical assessment of empirical data.
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage with others in small discussion settings, with the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions, debates, and scenarios.
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge and develop their organizational skills leading part of the weekly seminar.

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Timetable

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41

An exploration of the meaning of political authority and obligation, and an assessment of the possible permissions, duties and techniques that exist for people to resist injustice.

This paper uses the tools of normative political theory to explore questions relating to struggles for justice. Topics covered include the meaning of injustice, the grounds of legitimate authority, the limits of obedience, and duties of resistance. The paper also includes analysis of historical accounts of resistance, including indigenous against settler colonialism, the American civil rights movement, European labour movements and Women's Liberation.

Paper title The Ethics and Politics of Resistance
Paper code POLS475
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 300-level points in POLS
Restriction
POLS 512
Notes
The prerequisite for students taking the subject Philosophy, Politics and Economics is 36 300-level POLS points.
Contact

david.jenkins@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr David Jenkins

Textbooks

There are no text books for this course. Readings will be based on papers and book chapters.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this paper students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key debates within political theory, especially those pertaining to questions of authority and obligation and justifications for resisting what are perceived as illegitimate authority
  • Produce independent research of a high quality, using combining analysis of complex normative issues with critical assessment of empirical data
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage with others in small discussion settings, with the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions, debates, and scenarios
  • Apply their understanding and knowledge and develop their organizational skills leading part of the weekly seminar

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Timetable

Semester 2

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