Introduction to Politics

Module Leader:
Attila Mráz
2016-2017 Summer
Social Sciences

This course aims, on the one hand, to introduce students to some of the core issues of classical and contemporary normative political theory, and familiarise them with normative (moral) argumentation. On the other hand, students encounter some of the key topics in political theory: democratic theory, distributive justice, and the role of nation states in mainstream liberal egalitarian theory, and reflect on the potential limits or ideology-laden nature of such theorising. Readings partly consist of texts aimed at a non-specialist audience, and introduce theoretical issues through some of the most heated public political debates concerning— among other topics—refugees and migrants, universal healthcare, gay marriage, and the role of referenda in modern democracies.

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