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ASPO 25A12 - War, peace and the sovereign state : political thought from Machiavelli to Kant

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

This course examines the evolution of political ideas from the early 16th century to the end of the 18th, with a particular focus on the emergence and development of the related concepts of sovereignty, the state and international law. Beginning with Machiavelli, in whose writings the shape of modern political thought is first discernible, it will examine successively the theories of Bodin, Grotius, Hobbes, Locke, Pufendorf, Rousseau and Kant. The course will be of equal interest to students of Political Science and International Relations.

Teachers

SHARKEY, Ronan (Maître de conférences des Universités)

Pedagogical format

Cours magistral hebdomadaire Séminaires de méthodes hebdomadaire

Course validation

A. Continuous assessment (in the seminars): 67%, comprising (i) essay (“term paper”): refer to seminar programme; (ii) oral presentations: refer to seminar programme; (iii) “grade modifying mark” (at the discretion of the seminar supervisor) B. Final exam (2h): 33%

Required reading

  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Hobbes, Leviathan, De Cive
  • Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • Rousseau, Social Contract and Discourses
  • Kant, Political Writings, ed. H. Reiss

Senior lecturers

  • BARNIER-KHAWAM, Pablo (Doctorant contractuel)
  • DE LIGIO, Giulio (Professeur)
  • SHARKEY, Ronan (Maître de conférences des Universités)
  • VAN DER SCHOOT, Dolf (Doctorant)