OverviewThis module is designed to provide an understanding of the interrelationship between political theory and law in modernity. Drawing upon political theory it explores ideas of law, power, resistance, community, sovereignty and the subject. The objective is to build a solid understanding of political theory in relation to these key concepts, and then use this understanding to examine contemporary political and juridical questions such as those of democracy and citizenship; multiculturalism, bio-politics, secularism, terrorism, post-colonialism and contemporary formations of Empire. In so doing, the module seeks to equip students with the necessary intellectual tools for deploying insights from political theory and philosophy to the study of law.
This module appears in:
Combined Lecture / Seminar 40 hours per annum (approximately)
Method of assessment
100% coursework consisting of:?
an essay of 4500 words (including footnotes) which will count for 40%;
a 1-to-1 presentation of the essay idea with the module convenor which will count for 20%; ?
a 3000 word reflective on a piece of reading provided by the module convenor which will count for 30%.
The remaining 10% will be assessed based on the quality of individual student participation in seminar discussions. The criteria by which this will be assessed will include: evidence of attendance, preparation for seminars, thoughtful contribution to seminar discussion, and presentations.
J Butler (2004) Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence (London: Verso)
M Hardt and Antonio Negri (2000) Empire (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press)
W Brown (2005) Edgework: Critical Essays on Knowledge and Politics (New Jersey: Princeton University Press)
C Schmidt (1996), The Concept of the Political. Trans. George Schwab. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)
M Loughlin (2003), The Idea of Public Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
1. an in-depth understanding of the significance of political theory in attending to contemporary juridical and political problems;
2. an appreciation of juridical and philosophical ideas about sovereignty and how these shape the relationship between law and the subject;
3. detailed knowledge and understanding of the distinctions between the ideas of state, civil society, sovereign/subject and human/animal;
4. detailed knowledge and understanding of the origins of the aforementioned ideas in modernity/post-modernity and their significance for resolving contemporary juridical problems;
5. detailed knowledge and understanding of the history of political and philosophical ideas in relation to the concept of 'sovereignty';
6. critical understanding of the relationship between political theory and theories which underpin the law;
7. detailed understanding of modern theories of power and authority and their relation to societies in transition (post-racist, post-conflict societies)