|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 1 (1 x 2,500 word essay)||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 2 (1 x 3500 word essay)||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
-Demonstrate a clear understanding of the main ideas of the two thinkers and their relevance to contemporary society and politics.
-Demonstrate a sound grasp of the following concepts: Rawls's theory of justice; his notion of political liberalism; the idea of a law of peoples; Habermas's discourse theory; his activity as critic in the public sphere; and his Kantian theory of international right; Schmitt's concepts of sovereignty; the 'crisis of parliamentary democracy'; 'the weapon' and 'the political' freedom;
Students taking this course should aim to acquire a clear understanding of the main ideas of the two thinkers and their relevance to contemporary society. This understanding should be expressed through a sound grasp of the following concepts: Rawls's concepts of equality, liberty, distributive justice and a liberal society of peoples; Habermas's concepts of the public sphere, democracy, legitimacy, constitutional patriotism and post-national identity.
To introduce the ideas of two of the most influential of recent political thinkers: John Rawls and Juergen Habermas
2. Habermas and German politics
3. Habermas's concept of the public sphere
4. The idea of discourse ethics and the 'Divided West'
5. Rawls's A Theory of Justice: the veil of ignorance and the difference principle
6. Rawls's A Theory of Justice: the veil of ignorance and the difference principle
7. Political Liberalism and the politics of the United States
8. Rawls and Habermas compared: recapitulation and conclusion
10 ECTS credits
This module is at CQFW Level 6