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PHL3330

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Robert Sparrow

Synopsis

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.

Objectives

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.

Assessment

Written work: 60% (2500 words)
Exam: 40%

Contact hours

2 hour (one 2-hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Human rights theory
Philosophy

Prerequisites

A first-year sequence in Philosophy, plus one of PHL2150, PHL2510, PLT2140, or CHB2100.

Prohibitions

PHL2330