6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
A cornerstone unit in Philosophy.
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.
On successful completion of the unit, students will have:
- mastered fundamental concepts in political philosophy;
- acquired familiarity the methodology of political philosophy and how political philosophy relates to other branches of philosophy;
- be able to identify relevant literature for the purposes of scholarly work on political philosophy;
- improved written and oral communication skills;
- undertaken independent research and reading in completing the assignments.
Within semester assessment: 100%
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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