ATS3869 - Political philosophy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Arts

Organisational Unit

Philosophy

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Linda Barclay

Coordinator(s)

Dr Linda Barclay

Unit guides

Offered

Clayton

  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)

Prerequisites

A cornerstone unit in Philosophy.

Prohibitions

ATS2869, AZA2869, AZA3869

Notes

The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).

Synopsis

The overarching aim of this unit is to give students a strong foundation in political philosophy. The unit focuses on three principal questions: How are political institutions justified? How should wealth and income be distributed in the just state? And when is it justified to punish someone for violating a state's laws? Students will be introduced to central attempts to answer these questions, using both classical and contemporary authors.

Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. mastered fundamental concepts in political philosophy;
  2. acquired familiarity the methodology of political philosophy and how political philosophy relates to other branches of philosophy;
  3. be able to identify relevant literature for the purposes of scholarly work on political philosophy;
  4. improved written and oral communication skills;
  5. undertaken independent research and reading in completing the assignments.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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