Key Political Thinkers

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Faculteit Campus Fryslân
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode CFB022A05
Vaknaam Key Political Thinkers
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Responsible Governance: Political Science: 100-level: Key Political Thinkers – From Antiquity to Modern Political Theory
Leerdoelen Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyse typical problems of political theory, via a study of the classical and present-day political thinkers and their core ideas;
- Apply “enduring questions” of political philosophy beyond a specific temporal and socio-historical context;
- Advance a structured argument in political theory and formulate a critique of diverging normative viewpoints;
- Write a clearly structured analytical paper on political theory;
- Understand how diverse political traditions and cultures impact current international relations.
Omschrijving The nature and purpose of political theory are said to be best understood by an examination of the ways in which political thinkers conceive of power relations. This
type of examination constitutes the core of the course. By concentrating on some of the most important and influential political thinkers over the last two and a half millennia, this course will examine fundamental questions of politics and power: What is a just political order? What is the relationship between political power and resistance? Can the use of violence be justified?

The course will explore these fundamental questions and show how key political thinkers such as Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, Mahatma Gandhi and Michel Foucault have helped shape our view of the world today through their enduring legacy in the fields of political thought and international relations. The course also connects ideas of key political thinkers to topical questions concerning the justice and stability of today’s contested political orders.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm nog niet bekend
Toetsvorm Assignment, Exam, Participation, Presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. K.A. Schulz
Docent(en) dr. K.A. Schulz
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Great Political Thinkers: Plato to Present (1999) W. Ebenstein & A. Ebenstein
A course reader with additional literature (will be provided)
Entreevoorwaarden Foundation: Politics, Power and International Responsibility
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership 2 semester II a keuzegroep
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership  (Major Responsible Governance) - hele jaar Political Science
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership 1 semester II a keuzegroep