Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
IP32420
Module Title
Twentieth Century Political Thought
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

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. 

Learning Outcomes

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;

Brief description

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.

Aims

To introduce the ideas of two of the most influential of recent political thinkers: John Rawls and Juergen Habermas

Content

1. Juergen Habermas and the Frankfurt School
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

Transferable skills

This module will provide the opportunity for students to develop their oral, intellectual and communication skills. In preparing for seminars emphasis will be placed on understanding, following the argument and summarizing it concisely. In the seminars students will be encouraged to develop clear, cogent and persuasive arguments. The seminars offer the opportunity for students to show independent reasoning and judgement. Essay writing will encourage students to carry out research on their own initiative and to develop their IT presentation skills.

10 ECTS credits

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6