Term: Spring term, 2./3. year – 6 ECTS
Program: BA in PPE: Philosophy, Politics, Economics
Prior requirements: It is expected that students will have completed 60 ECTS
Teacher: Dr. Pall Rafnar Thorsteinsson
Teaching methods: Lectures, section meetings, discussions and assignments
Aims and content:
This course covers the main themes in classical political theory. The origin and development of political thought in classical Greece will be discussed with a focus on the emergence of democracy and on intellectual critique of democratic theory and practice in classical Athens. Central readings include the political theories of Plato and Aristotle. Their ideas of community, justice, law, citizenship, freedom and equality will be explored in historical context and in contrast to mainstream contemporary thought. Students will be encouraged to allow classical theory to illuminate and deepan their understanding of issues in modern political philosophy, and vice versa.
On having passed this course, students should: