20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Cosmopolitanism is the idea that the world should in some sense be understood as a single political entity.  This module will engage with `cosmopolitanism¿ from the perspective of normative political theory. It will start by discussing the historical origins of cosmopolitanism, from the Cynics in Ancient Greece to Immanuel Kant and will then move to a discussion of the contemporary wave of cosmopolitanism theorising that began in the latter part of the 20th century.  There have been two core strands to this wave:  claims about the global scope of justice claims about the need for a global democracy Both strands have come in for considerable criticism:  Is justice really global in scope? Is it an idea that belongs within the state or nation?  Do we really need a global democracy, and is it feasible?  Does cosmopolitanism imply a world state?  Is the whole notion of cosmopolitanism dangerously imperialistic?  During the module students will discuss all of these questions, and more.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying Single or Dual Degrees in Politics.

Staff Contact: ULAS LUKE A
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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