Checking date: 06/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Political Philosophy
Study: Master in Advanced Studies in Human Rights (67)

Coordinating teacher: RIBOTTA , SILVINA VERONICA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 5.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
How we should organize society? Why do we need a system of government? What does justice mean? What is the role of political power in Human Rights Theory? Political Philosophy is not just to theoretically understand and to explain political life, but also to offer an assessment of the issues that we should face as citizens, in order to choose between competing goals and values, to solve conflicts, to rule our common tasks and to guarantee our rights. .- General goals This subject offers the student the opportunity to obtain the following competences: 1. Awareness of politics as a regulative system of social relations. 2. Understanding of the main concepts used in politics, as well as of the main contemporary political ideologies and its contribution to human rights discourse. 3. Critical awareness of the political phenomenon and interdisciplinary view of political issues.
Description of contents: programme
1. Political Philosophy Introdution. Core concepts: State, Law, Power, political ideologies, Liberty, Equality, Democracy. 2. Contemporary Theories of Justice and Human Rights. 3. Debates about contemporary Political Philosophy and Human Rights.
Learning activities and methodology
.- Methodolody Theoretical classes and case discussion .- Tutorials A minumun number of three individualized tutorials are suggested
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • Antón Mellón, J. (ed.), . Ideologías y movimientos políticos contemporáneos. Tecnos. 1998
  • Barry, B., . Why Social Justice Matters. Polity Press. 2005
  • Beltrán, E. y Maquieira, V. (eds.). Feminismos. Debates teóricos contemporáneos. Alianza Editorial. 2005
  • Chomsky, N., . La responsabilidad de los intelectuales. Galerna. 1969
  • Cohen, G., . Rescuing Justice and Equality. Harvard University Press. 2008
  • Davis, J.C., . Utopía y Sociedad Ideal. Fondo de Cultura Económica. 1983
  • Hart, H.L.A., . Derecho, Libertad y Moralidad. Dykinson. 2006
  • Ignatieff, M., . Fuego y cenizas. Éxito y fracaso en política. Taurus. 2014
  • Jonathan, W., . Filosofía Política. Una introducción. Ariel. 2001
  • Nussbaum M. y Sen, A. (comps.), . La calidad de vida. Fondo de Cultura Económica. 1998 (1993)
  • Rawls, J.,. A Theory of Justice (Revised Edition). The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 1999
  • Ribotta, S.,. Las desigualdades económicas en las teorías de la justicia. Pobreza, redistribución e injusticia social. Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales. 2010
  • Sandel, M., . Justicia. ¿Hacemos lo que debemos?. Debate. 2001
  • Sen, A., . Desarrollo y Libertad. Planeta. 2000
  • Águila (del), R.. La senda del mal. Política y Razón de Estado. Taurus. 2000

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.