PHL3330 - Issues in political theory
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Robert Sparrow
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
The unit will discuss theories of liberty, equality and justice, and the role of the state in promoting these values. When are inequalities of income and wealth just? Are liberty and equality compatible? Can a secure foundation be provided for individual rights and liberties? Must liberty take priority over other values? These issues will be discussed mainly in the light of the work of contemporary political philosophers, but some reference will also be made to classical thinkers.
Students completing the subject will have an understanding of the various suggested foundations of property rights, and the nature of disagreements about the role of the state in redistribution of income and wealth, and in protecting property rights.
At 3rd year level, students will be expected to attain a deeper level of understanding, and to have become familiar with a wider ranger of texts.
Written work: 60% (2500 words)
2 hour (one 2-hour seminar) per week