Political Philosophy I

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Philosophy I

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    This module introduces students to some of the central debates in political philosophy, focusing on five key
    concepts: the state, democracy, liberty, justice, and equality. Under which conditions, if any, should we submit
    to political authority? What, if anything, makes the exercise of coercive power legitimate? What is the value of
    democracy? What is the value of equality? What kind of liberty should a just society aim to protect?


    Teaching pattern: 1 hour weekly lectures and 1 hour weekly tutorials.

    Study abroad assessment:
    For Sem 2 and whole year Study Abroad Students
    Summative assessment : one x two-hour exam in May/June
    Formative assessment: two x 1,000-word essays

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