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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Distance learning - 9 months

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