Introduction to 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 after 1500 and the basic concepts, questions, and frames of understanding of the discipline
  • key thinkers within the history of political philosophy

  • the significance of political philosophy for understanding contemporary international political phenomena such as international organizations and institutions and global social and political movements.


The student must attain

Skills in:

  • communicating knowledge on political-philosophical issues in a clear, well-structured and comprehensible manner.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • identifying the political-philosophical basis for discursive positions, political cultures and response patterns in both contemporary and historical events within international politics

  • applying political-philosophical knowledge in the analysis of concrete issues within contemporary national and international politics.



Name of examIntroduction to Political 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.
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 titleIntroduktion til politisk filosofi
Module codeBALISE201814
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities