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PO9A4 - Normative Analysis

  • Module code: PO9A4
  • Module name: Normative Analysis
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 40

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of the module are: To introduce some of the central concepts relevant to normative analysis in ethics, politics and law, such as ‘harm’, ‘aid’, ‘rights’ and ‘human rights’; To develop students’ understanding of some key methodological issues that arise in normative analysis, particularly the contrast between ideal and non-ideal normative theorising and the relationship between normative principles and what is feasible; To enable students to understand and evaluate the main recent approaches to normative analysis: impartial consequentialism, contractualism, contractarianism, and deontology; To foster students’ understanding of some key normative issues in moral, political and legal theory; To develop students’ skills in the identification and interpretation of relevant texts in normative inquiry; To foster the ability to analyse and evaluate opposing normative arguments.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the modules students will be able to: Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the methodologies and concepts of, and the main recent approaches to, normative analysis; Demonstrate the ability to relate abstract normative concepts and theories to particular debates within moral, political or legal theory; Analyse and evaluate at an advanced level opposing normative arguments; demonstrate enhanced key skills such as written and oral communication skills, problem solving, working with others, and information technology skills; devise a viable research essay topic relevant to the module; construct and substantiate a comprehensive and sophisticated argument

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studymasters/pgmodules/po9a4

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
40 CATS (Module code: PO9A4-40)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92K) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M9PW) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught International Political Economy (M1P3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Politics and East Asia (M1P8) - Year 2
  • MA in International Politics and Europe (M1PA) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Relations (M9P9) - Year 2
  • MA in Globalisation and Development (M9PB) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Security (M9PC) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Public Policy (M9PF) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught United States Foreign Policy (M9PQ) - Year 2
  • MA in International Development (M9PT) - Year 2
  • MA in Research in Politics and International Studies (M9PU) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Politics and International Studies: Big Data and Quantitative Methods (M9PY) - Year 2