UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


ESPS0013 – Hegel

Course value: 15 credits
Convenor: Rory Philips
Duration: One term (Term 2)
Teaching structure: Two-hour seminars, this module will be taught fully online
Assessment: 1 assessed essay of 3,000-4,000 words (100%)
Available to: Final Years and Affiliates

Course Description:

The course will be devoted to the philosophy of G W F Hegel, among the most influential figures in the history of philosophy. The course is aimed at students who have not studied Hegel before, though some background in philosophy is required in order to meet the demands of the course. While individual topics may vary, the aim is to offer an overview of Hegel’s thought, including his metaphysics, his practical philosophy and his aesthetics. We will also look at some of the major and influential themes of Hegel’s philosophy, which may include: the master/slave dialectic; the end of art; his philosophy of history; his account of the role of the state. Reading will be selected from, amongst others, the Encyclopaedia, The Phenomenology of Spirit, Elements of the Philosophy of Right, the Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics. We will also look at relevant source material and at contemporary scholarship and criticism. By the end of the course, students will be expected to have a sound knowledge of this difficult and important philosopher.