History of Modern Political Philosophy

Vakbeschrijving History of Modern Political Philosophy
Collegejaar: 2014-2015
Studiegidsnummer: 5011VM2
Docent(en):
  • Dr. T. Fossen
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 200
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III, IV
Onderwijstijd in uren
(excl. zelfstudie):
29:00 uur
  • Wel Keuzevak
  • Wel Contractonderwijs
  • Wel Exchange
  • Wel Study Abroad
  • Wel Avondonderwijs
  • Wel A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course offers an introduction to the history of modern political thought. We will discuss texts from some of the most important modern political theorists, beginning with the social contract tradition. We’ll study central problems and concepts in political philosophy, such as the state, sovereignty, freedom, equality, political legitimacy, obligation, etc.

Texts that we will study include (selections from) Hobbes’s Leviathan, Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, Rousseau’s Social Contract, J.S. Mill’s On Liberty, and The German Ideology by Marx & Engels.

Course objectives

This course aims to provide an introduction to the work of some of the most important theorists in modern political thought (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill).

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of :

  • central problems and concepts in the history of modern political thought, such as the state, sovereignty, freedom, equality, political legitimacy, obligation, etc.;
  • selections of primary texts (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill) and some secondary literature.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • read and obtain a basic grasp of primary texts in the history of political philosophy;
  • answer short questions on individual primary and secondary texts;
  • answer longer comparative questions;
  • answer longer questions of a textual/interpretative nature.

Timetable

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2014-2015, BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject of Standaardtraject), eerste jaar.
See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2014-2015, minor Ethiek, politiek en cultuur: filosofie van het menselijk handelen
See Timetables Philosophy 2014-2015 , Timetable Undergraduate Courses in English

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Course Load

Total course load (5 ECTS credits x 28 hrs): 140 hrs
Attending lectures (2 hrs per week x 14 weeks): 28 hrs
Time for studying the compulsory literature (5 hrs per week x 14 weeks): 70 hrs
Time for preparing for exams: 36 hrs
Time for making exams: 6 hrs

Assessment method

  • Written examination with essay questions (40%)
  • Written examination with essay questions (60%)

One resit will be offered, covering the entire course content. Any student who did not take the first examinations (both mid-term and final) cannot take the resit.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for posting course information and possibly for posting texts.

Reading list

  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, revised student edition (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
  • John Locke, Two Treatises of Government, Cambridge University Press (1988).
    OR alternatively, this edition: John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration, Dover Thrift (2002).
  • Rousseau, Basic Political Writings, second edition (Hackett, 2012).
  • Tucker (ed.), The Marx-Engels Reader, second edition (Norton, 1978).
  • J.S. Mill, ‘On Liberty’ and Other Writings, Cambridge University Press (1989). An electronic version of this text will be made available on Blackboard.

Registration

Please register for this course on uSis.
See Inschrijven voor cursussen en tentamens
See Registration for courses and examinations

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the collegerooster in the column under the heading “Act.nr”.

Exchange students and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte

Contact

Dr. T. Fossen

Remarks

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