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Authority and Democracy (PH9E7-20/30)

Programme content

The module will introduce a range of fundamental issues in contemporary political philosophy, focusing on questions revolving around political authority and demorcacy.

The particular issues focused on will include:

  • What is the justification for political authority?
  • Is there a duty to obey the law?
  • Why should we value democracy?
  • Should everyone have an equal right to affect the result of the democratic decision making process?
  • When can we permissibly engage in acts of civil disobedience?

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Sample reading list (PDF Document)

Topics covered


Timing and CATS

This module is running in the Spring term and is worth 20 CATS.