PIA2402 - Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
SA2401 or POL2402 or SA2402 or POL2404 or SA2404
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2023/24

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to introduce to entry-level college students the central ideas and concepts in major Western and Chinese social and political philosophical traditions. It also aims to help students develop an ability to philosophically evaluate some of the core ethical and political issues that have strong bearing on political life and public policy-making. It enhances students’ critical thinking and analytical reasoning on the topics including the purpose of the state, justice, political legitimacy, citizenship, freedom, and equality within the nation-state as well as in the global society. Students are expected to develop their abilities to formulate reasoned arguments, organize ideas systematically, and improve their oral and written communication skills.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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