Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy A

lfilo2360  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy A
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2020-2021 !

Gosseries Axel;
Basic instruction in political philosophy ; reading knowledge of English sufficient to permit study of contemporary texts in political philosophy
Main themes
Each year this course will select a particular theme, e.g., justification for democracy, sovereignty, citizenship, conflict, power, justice worldwide, social justice, etc. The course will always present philosophical approaches different from the chosen theme, and compare and contrast these. The course will pay special attention to the relationship between the chosen theme and a reflection on the goals and methods of political philosophy.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to analyze and discuss, in a well-informed manner based on his or her own thinking, a selected question in the area of political philosophy.
At the end of the course the student should : 
- Be able to use research tools in political philosophy ;
- Be able to conceptualise the selected question ;
- Be able to situate responses to the question in the larger framework of the history of political philosophy and of contemporary debates as regards different approaches and theories; Include, in the philosophical discussion of the selected question, contributions from other disciplines pertinent to the analysis and discussion of the question ;
- Develop his or her own argumentation relative to the question. Submit the method of study chosen for the selected question to a critical reflection.
In 2019-20, we will focus on climate justice, from a variety of angles. We will approach the matter from the perspective of normative political philosophy. This course will be taught by Prof. Axel Gosseries
The timetable might be irregular and will be confirmed at our first meeting.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The classes will involve (1) presentation by the students of texts read in advance, (2) debates in the classroom of specific issues related to this year's theme, (3) some lectures, possibly.
Students will be expected to read one or two papers in advance for a significant amount of the classes. The reading list will be provided at our first meeting. Most of the papers to read will be in English.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Evaluation will include your participation in class + a long essay (10.000 characters) and a short one (3.000 characters). The method to be followed for writing the essays will be specified on day 1. The oral examination will focus on the two essays. However, students who turn out to have insufficiently participated will be expected to answer a few extra questions at the oral exam.
Evaluation criteria for the two papiers include (1) rigor, (2) originality, (3) focus, (4) ability to take the comments on draft 1 into account, (5) quality of the oral defense of the essays.
Other information
  • An active knowledge of French and a passive one of English will be expected
  • Communication with the students on practical matters will take place via the Moodle platform
La liste des textes à lire sera fournie au premier cours et il existera une marge pour les étudiants pour contribuer à la définition des thématiques particulières et, en conséquence, des textes à lire.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Certificat universitaire en philosophie (approfondissement)

Certificat d'université en éthique économique et sociale

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Philosophy