Open University

Open University

Issues in Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (A851)

Building on the philosophy postgraduate foundation course, this course explores issues with a significance that extends far beyond the boundaries of academic philosophy; students look at distributive justice, liberalism versus communitarianism and the metaphysics of social explanation and go on to examine citizenship, nationalism, punishment and democracy in the light of these themes; students develop ability to analyse philosophical texts; reflect on the process of philosophical research; and hone their skills in finding and using material; students are also required to show greater independence of thought and the ability to put across a coherent case for a philosophical position.

Entry requirements

Honours degree; active research interest in chosen area; candidates must be registered for the MA humanities or for another qualification towards which the course can count; 1 of the MA humanities postgraduate foundation courses, preferably in philosophy, should normally be taken.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning February 2017 - 9 months

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