Political Philosophy


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises a relevant coursework and an individual take-home assignment.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • key works within the Western political, philosophical tradition and the basic concepts and questions involved therein
  • issues central to international political society such as the nature of democracy, rights, citizenship, representation, freedom, and the state.


The student must attain

Skills in:

  • analyzing and reflecting on major works and issues from the modern Western political philosophical tradition.




The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • discussing broad lines of thought within modern political philosophy
  • communicating about issues in political philosophy in a clear written English.

Type of instruction

Please see § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of examPolitical Philosophy
Type of exam
Written exam
The examination is an individual take-home assignment; the content of the assignment must demonstrate that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives.
The exact content of the assignment will be determined by the course instructor at the start of the semester. The assignment paper must comprise a minimum of six pages and a maximum of eight pages.

The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner and censor.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titlePolitisk filosofi
Module codeBALISE2014
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Language and International Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities