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PH362 - Hobbes and Rousseau

  • Module code: PH362
  • Module name: Hobbes and Rousseau
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to set out and critically assess the central ideas and arguments found in Hobbes’s and Rousseau’s key writings in the area of political philosophy. These ideas and arguments will be both compared with each other and discussed in their own right. Particular issues to be discussed will include Hobbes’s and Rousseau’s differing views on the natural condition of humankind and human nature, and how their views on this matter relate to their accounts of freedom, morality and the basis of a legitimate political order. The emphasis will be on a close reading of key texts and on discussion of issues raised by these texts.

Timetabled teaching activities

In this module students must attend 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of seminars per week. Lectures for 2016-17 Mondays 1pm to 3pm S0.19 There will be no lectures in reading week (week 6) Seminars for 2016-17 Seminars start in week 2 There will be no seminars in reading week (week 6) Please sign up for a seminar group using Tabula.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH362-15)
A (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 4