Faculty of Arts
Community, Society and Rights
This course covers a range of topics including: cultural claims, the relevance of ethnicity and culture to group rights, problems accommodating cultural claims in a multicultural society, the theories of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke as to the existence of a "state of nature" and the emergence of the political state, as well as the concept of sovereignty, social contracts and political amalgamations between sovereign units. There will be detailed discussion of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: a Liberal Theory of Minority Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996)
Coursework + exam
PHIL 205: 15.0 points
30 points in Philosophy or Political Studies or Politics and International Relations