POLS301 Political Philosophy

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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POLS301 Political Philosophy 2 2 6 MON 13:00-15:00; WED 11:00- 12:00
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
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Course Objectives This course discusses key concepts in political philosophy by considering a thought of main political thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. The main concepts include: the state of nature, social contract and emergence of government, justifying the state, tacit consent, hypothetical consent, general will, social change, public administration and direct and representative democracy.
Textbook Michael J. White. (2003). Political Philosophy: An Historical Introduction. Oxford: Oneword. A. R. M. Murray. (2010). An Introduction to Political Philosophy. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyze a thought of main political thinkers.
  2. Identify key concepts related to the state of nature, social contract and the government
  3. Apply gained knowledge of political philosophy on the real politics of today
  4. Assess the main works of the leading political thinkers
  5. Evaluate historical developments of political philosophy
  6. Use the critical and analytical skills in assessing main sources in political philosophy
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods such as lecturing, written assignments, presentations, essays, group debates and pop quiz.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course Introduction
Week 2 The Nature and Origin of Political Philosophy ch. 1 (pp. 1-8)
Week 3 Classical Greek Political Philosophy: Beginnings ch. 2 (pp. 12-19)
Week 4 The Ideal State: Plato's Republic ch. 3 (pp. 23-33)
Week 5 Politics as the Master Art: Aristotle's Politics ch. 4 (pp. 36-55)
Week 6 Politics for Saints and Sinners: St. Augustine and Aquinas ch. 5 and 6 (pp. 57-92)
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM AND ITS PREPARATION
Week 8 Elements of Islamic and Jewish Medieval Political Thought Assigned Reading
Week 9 The Science of Government: Nicollo Machiavelli's The Prince ch. 6 (pp. 54-61) (Murray)
Week 10 Theory of the Rational State: Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan ch. 7 (pp. 118-144)
Week 11 Theory of the Moral State: John Locke's Two Treatises ch. 7 (pp. 118-144)
Week 12 Theory of the General Will: Jean Jacques Rousseau's 2nd Discourse & Social Contract ch. 8 (pp. 160-181)
Week 13 The Utilitarian Theory: John Stuart Mill's Considerations on Representative Government Ch. 12 (pp. 109-123) (Murray)
Week 14 Presentations
Week 15 COURSE REVISION AND FINAL EXAM PREPARATION
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Research Paper 1 20 3,4,5
Midterm Exam 1 20 1,2,4
Presentation 1 10 3,4,6
Participation 1 10 3,6
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 14 42 Home Study 2 14 28
Research Paper 3 2 6 Research Paper 3 2 6
Participation 2 7 14 Final Exam Study 23 1 23
Home Study 2 14 28 Home Study 2 14 28
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 19/03/2020
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