Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

*To foster a detailed critical understanding of a range of arguments central to contemporary analytical political philosophy; *To foster the ability to analyse and assess opposing arguments in political philosophy; *To foster appreciation of the relevance of arguments in political philosophy to contemporary political and social issues and the ability to apply arguments in political philosophy to a range of such issues.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to: comprehend and critically analyse complex arguments from the literature of contemporary political philosophy; Provide an account of your considered judgements about the issues discussed, taking account of a variety opposing arguments and perspectives; Construct your own sustained argument about major political values, and defend it against sceptics, using arguments from other disciplines where appropriate.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught by one lecture and one seminar each week in term 1 and 2. Revision lecture in term 3.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO301-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 3000 word essay 50%
  Second 3000 word essay 50%
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5 hour examination 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visitng 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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