In 2021-2022, I am co-teaching GV4H4: Foundations of Political Theory with Dr Bruno Leipold, a compulsory module for MSc Political Theory students.
This course provides an introduction to the philosophical and methodological foundations of political theory. It aims to give participants a conceptual toolbox that can be brought to bear on many different substantive problems and research questions in political theory and neighbouring fields. The course introduces some central methodological debates in contemporary political theory, explores the links between political theory and related disciplines, and familiarises students with different approaches to political theorising.
I am also teaching the following elective courses for postgraduate students at LSE.
GV4D7: Dilemmas of Equality. The course starts with the general questions of why equality matters and what is to be equalized. It then introduces some of the major debates in the contemporary egalitarian literature: equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome; luck egalitarianism versus relational equality; and equality versus sufficiency. Throughout the course, and particularly in the latter half, we consider concrete social problems and dilemmas faced by those who are committed to the ideal of equality. Topics covered this year include discrimination and policies that aim to reduce inequalities between social groups.
GV4H3: Feminist Political Theory. This course covers some of the central debates in contemporary feminist political theory, with a particular emphasis on the legacy and usefulness of liberalism. The course focuses on debates and differences within feminist political theory, rather than justifications for, or defences of, feminist political theory. Among the problems raised are conceptions of the individual and individual autonomy; the relative invisibility of gender issues in mainstream literature on justice and equality; the tendency to conceive of equality in sex-blind terms; the tendency to presume a universally applicable set of norms. We consider the theoretical debates in relation to a number of contemporary political issues. Topics likely to be addressed include: feminism and contract, individualism and autonomy, equality and the politics of difference, marriage, and feminist perspectives on trans issues.
GV4H5: Capitalism and Social Justice: This course aims to analyze the concept of social justice, examine which economic system might best achieve it, and consider the implications for the organization of work. The positions to be assessed span the political spectrum, including the classical liberalism of F. A. Hayek, the modern liberalism of John Rawls, Robert Nozick’s libertarianism, and interpretations and defenses of Karl Marx. Topics likely to be addressed include contemporary debates about exploitation, domination in work and the labour market, working hours and their implications for rights to leisure, dignity and recognition in work, and the role of business ethics in unjust societies.