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ATS2868

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Assoc. Prof. Karen Green

Notes

Previously coded PHL2330

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.

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 hour lecture & 1 hour tutorial) per week

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

Prerequisites

Two gateway units in Philosophy, or Politics, or Human Rights

Prohibitions

ATS3868