Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy

Course description Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 8001HD50
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. L.C.J. van Apeldoorn
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 100
Period: Semester 1 / 2, Block I, II, III, IV
Hours of study: 35:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Tags

HD, HI

Admissions requirements

None.

Description

In this course students are introduced to some of the great works in the canon of western political philosophy. On the basis of selections of the primary texts from Plato to Marx, supported by a modest amount of secondary literature, we survey some of the lasting justifications of political institutions in the western tradition, as well as important contributions to the analysis of political concepts such as legitimacy, freedom, and justice. During the seminars emphasis will be placed on conceptual analysis and the interpretation of texts, skills that will be of particular use to students interested in pursuing the major ‘Human Diversity’ and/or philosophy.

Course objectives

After successful completion of the course students are able to:

  • Reproduce the main arguments of major political philosophers from Plato to Marx.
  • Develop a capacity to critically read, analyse, and interpret difficult philosophical texts.

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

Seminars.

Assessment

  • Participation: 15%
  • Presentation: 15%
  • Midterm paper: 30%
  • Written examination with short essay questions: 40%

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

TBA

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

L.C.J.van.Apeldoorn@luc.leidenuniv.nl

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