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POLS0061 Justice and Public Policy

Course Code: POLS0061

Course Tutor: Dr Jeff Howard (Department of Political Science)

Length: One Term (Spring Term)

Teaching: 20 contact hours

Assessment: 14 minute podcast and 2000 word script (50%) and 2 hour unseen exam (50%)

Credits: 15 credits, 4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS)

Module Level: L4 (Introductory)

About this course

Modern governments possess an enormous amount of power over their citizens. How should that power be used? Should hate speech be banned? Should suspected terrorists be tortured for information? Should the rich be protected in passing their wealth to their children? Should the police have greater surveillance powers? Should educated citizens’ votes count for more? This module will enable students to develop their own positions on these complex policy debates by investigating the deeper questions of political philosophy that underlie them. Readings about justice by contemporary normative political theorists will be integrated with canonical work in the history of political thought.