Faculty of Arts


Modern Political Thought

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for POLITICS 209.


Political opinions are many, viable political theories appear fewer. This course examines the theories underlying popular understandings of political justice. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the history and theoretical structure of the political opinions that they and their politicians affirm. Further, the course will encourage students to use this knowledge to confront challenging ethical and political questions. The main theme of the course is an exploration of modern liberalism. Along the way, we will explore those challenges which liberalism faced/faces and how liberal thinkers have and do respond to objections. Among others, specific topics include Marxian thought, indigenous rights, global justice, censorship and feminism.

Combining the material essential for basic understanding with leading contemporary theory, this course should be of interest to any student curious about exploring his or her ethical and political commitments. In particular, it should appeal (in no particular order) to students of political or social thought, international relations theory, philosophy and jurisprudence.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Stephen Winter


Coursework + exam


POLITICS 209: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage I in Political Studies, or 15 points at Stage I in Political Studies and EUROPEAN 100, or 15 points at Stage I in Political Studies and 15 points in Philosophy

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