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Legitimacy and Political Obligation

Vak
2021-2022

Admission requirements

None

Description

This course aims to acquaint the student with major approaches in political theory and political philosophy to the related issues of political legitimacy and justice. The logic of theories of contractualism, libertarianism, (philosophical) anarchism, egalitarianism, and cosmopolitanism will be traced by the analysis of important texts (both historical and contemporary) in the field. The course is also the first step to the formulation of a research proposal for the thesis seminar on Political Legitimacy and Justice.

Course objectives

  • Systematic overview of the field

  • Conceptual analysis

  • Textual analysis

  • Argumentative skills necessary for arguing a position in the field.

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Course Load

Total course load: 280 hours, of which

  • Contact hours: 32

  • Studying literature: 124 hours

  • Preparing for and writing final paper: 124 hours

Assessment method

Mid-term paper
Presentation
Study note
Participation
Final Exam

Brightspace

Brightspace is used for logistic/organizational purposes

Reading list

Assorted articles and book chapters (to be announced)

Registration

See 'Practical Information'

Timetable

Timetable