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?
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.
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|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- 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
Dr David Jenkins
The Broadview Anthology of Social and Political Thought, vol. 1: From Plato to Nietzsche.
- 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.