|Module Title||TWENTIETH CENTURY POLITICAL THOUGHT|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Howard Williams|
|Semester||Intended For Use In Future Years|
|Next year offered||N/A|
|Next semester offered||N/A|
|Course delivery||Seminar||10 Hours 10 x 2 hours|
|Essay||1 x 1,500 - 2,000 word essay||30%|
To introduce the ideas of two of the most influential of recent political thinkers: John Rawls and Juergen Habermas
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 and distributive justice; Habermas's concepts of the public sphere, democracy, constitutional patriotism and post-national identity.
Habermas and the Frankfurt School (1)
Habermas and German politics (2)
Habermas's concept of the public sphere (1)
The idea of discourse ethics (1)
Rawls's A Theory of Justice - the veil of
ignorance and the difference principle (2)
Political Liberalism and the politics of the United
The 'law of peoples'- international justice (1)
Rawls and Habermas compared - recapitulation and conclusion (1)
** Recommended Text
K Baynes. The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism.
J Rawls. Theory of Justice.