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Unit convenor and teaching staff
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POIR or MHIX or POIX or POL units)
What are the limits of the legitimate use of force by political authorities? How should the power of government be limited? When is a government or political regime legitimate? These and related questions have been the subject of a continuous debate in political theory since the sixteenth century. This unit examines the various theories of human rights and of social contract as well as theories which reject the liberal/democratic approach to the question of legitimacy. Among the authors to be read are Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Rawls, Schmitt, and Foucault.
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Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.
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|Class and online test||40%||No||23:59 5/11/2021|
Short paper based on one or more of the unit readings
2500 word essay based on set questions
2 hour class test in the final lecture of the unit. External students to complete via ilearn.
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Readings will be available through ilearn
Week 1. Introduction. Power, Legitimacy and the Modern State
Week 2. Before the Modern State: Machiavelli on Power
Week 3. Constructing Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes
Week 4. Constraining Leviathan: John Locke
Week 5. Social Contract versus Tradition: Rousseau and Burke
Week 6. Liberty and Representative Government: J.S. Mill
Week 7. Fairness and an Overlapping Consensus: John Rawls
Week 8. Reading Week.
Week 9. Against the Liberal State 1: Karl Marx
Week 10. Against the Liberal State 2: Carl Schmitt
Week 11. Contesting Patriarchal Legitimacy: Feminism
Week 12. Overturning Sovereign Power: Michel Foucault
Week 13. Class Test
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