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PHL3330 - Issues in Political Theory

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will discuss theories of liberty, equality and justice, and the role of the state in promoting these values. When are inequalities of income and wealth just? Are liberty and equality compatible? Can a secure foundation be provided for individual rights and liberties? Must liberty take priority over other values? These issues will be discussed mainly in the light of the work of contemporary political philosophers, but some reference will also be made to classical thinkers.


As for PHL2330, except that students will be expected to attain a deeper level of understanding, and to have become familiar with a wider ranger of texts.


Two 1500-2000 word essays: 80%
One hour examination: 20%
Optional replacement of second essay by a 2-hour examination
Students at third-year level will be expected to: (1) make use of additional reading materials in writing their essays;(2) demonstrate a superior level of analysis and argument in all assessment; and (3) base their interpretive claims entirely upon primary texts.

Contact hours

2 hour (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


A first-year sequence in philosophy, plus one second year subject in philosophy.