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Semester 1

Global Justice and Citizenship (PLIT10054)







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Visiting students must have completed 4 Politics courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses, and we cannot consider interdisciplinary courses or courses without sufficient Politics/Government/International Relations focus. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission, and priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Politics department. **Please note that all Politics courses are very high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course examines concepts central to political debate (such as justice, rights, freedom, obligation, and the 'good society') and investigates how political philosophers use these in trying to justify basic principles governing the activities of the state. We also consider how such principles might be justified and applied in contexts beyond the state. The literature studied is chiefly recent or contemporary and our focus is on current debates, including those on global distributive justice and cosmopolitan citizenship. A central concern throughout the course is distinguishing normative from explanatory or descriptive claims, of recognizing when an argument depends on empirical presuppositions, and of appreciating the basic logical structure of arguments.

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Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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