Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered||Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)|
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Toby Handfield|
Previously coded PHL2510
This unit aims to give students with a background in philosophy or politics a strong foundation in political philosophy. The central question of the unit is: what makes a society just or unjust? The first part of the course examines this question from the perspective of mainstream economics and of liberal political thought. The second part of the course looks at some important critiques of liberalism, focusing especially on underlying beliefs about the concepts of freedom and desert. In the final part of the course we use the ideas introduced earlier in semester to analyse the topic of justice in crime and punishment.
Students successfully completing this subject will have an understanding of current debates over political concepts such as justice, freedom and equality. Students will be able to apply their understanding of these debates to practical issues, such as inter-cultural tolerance in a pluralistic society, taxation for redistributive purposes, law and order debates, and more.
Written work: 80%
One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Two gateways in philosophy, or politics, or first-year sequence in bioethics, or ATS1314