6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Not offered in 2018
Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Politics.
This unit seeks to illuminate the current crisis of humanity by looking at the work of three key figures in recent political theory - Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. Each of these theorists has interrogated the relationship between politics and barbarism at the most profound level and attempted to salvage a concept of humanity from the catastrophes of the twentieth century. Pivoting around themes of truth, freedom and power, their work draws us back to fundamental questions about the purposes and possibilities of politics as a human endeavour. Engaging with them will help to shed light on what might be hoped for human beings, individually and collectively, in the future.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- understand debates about humanism and anti-humanism in politics and political theory
- compare and contrast key political ideas of the three theorists studied in the unit: Arendt, Foucault, Derrida
- display developing skills of spoken and written communication in addressing questions of politics and humanism
- summarise and analyse passages of text that raise issues and ideas in political theory
- understand and analyse the relationship between politics and ethics in the writings of political theorists
- critically reflect on political theory as an attempt to explain the meaning and advance the possibility of human freedom
Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%
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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