2 PART ASSESSMENT
PART 1 300 WORDS DUE ON 16TH MAY
PART 2 2400 WORDS DUE ON 27 MAY
2 PART ASSESSMENT PART 1 300 WORDS DUE ON 16TH MAY PART 2 2400 WORDS DUE ON 27 MAY PLAGIARISM FREE
INSTRUSTIONS FOR 300 WORD RESPONSE PART (A) SEPARATE WORD DOCUMENT: Pick only one and write a short 300 response Both question reading forwarded to support: PICK ONE ONLY Here are the prompts for your second and final 300 word short / “in class” response, on decolonial theory, which, like last time, is due on Tuesday of next week (the 17th) by 11:59PM. Again, a response to ONE of the following: 1. Explain Waldron’s argument against the claim that historic injustices are ‘past offences,’ and how this position relates to colonial dispossession. OR 2. Briefly introduce Fanon’s account of decolonial violence and evaluate the claim that violence is intrinsically valuable. ESSAY 2400 WORDS: INSTRUCTIONS: CHOOSE ANY ONE TOPIC AND WRITE YOUR ESSAY: The 2400-word main essay is a scholarly writing exercise that is designed todemonstrate your understanding and research skills. It should introduce and explain thekey ideas, evaluate them, and build an argument or explanation toward a clear conclusion. AT LEAST 12 REFERENCES Have an argument: topic sentences are a great idea!ii. Structure your essay around your argument: e.g.,signposting, logical flowiii. Argue for and against positions, acknowledge criticismsiv. Find an opponentv. Stay on topic, maintain relevance and coherence: don’tget side-tracked!vi. Keep it simple and straightforward: big words don’t meanbig ideas etc ASP214 Essay Questions1. ‘Liberalism is an individualistic political project.’ Critically evaluate this statement 2. Explain and critically evaluate the role that the ‘veil of ignorance’ and ‘thedifference principle’ play in Rawls’ liberal egalitarianism. 3. ‘Rawls’ theory of justice as fairness strikes a sensible balance between political realityin contemporary liberal-democracies and the need to promote greater equality.’Critically evaluate and discuss this statement.4. ‘Rawlsian liberalism is ideological.’ Critically evaluate and discuss this statement. Makesure to provide some discussion of the meaning of ‘ideology.’ 5. Explain Sandel’s communitarian criticism that liberalism presupposes a falseconception of the ‘unencumbered self.’ Is this criticism justified? 6. ‘Rawls’ idea of an ‘overlapping consensus’ accurately reflects the pluralism ofmodern societies.’ Critically evaluate this statement. 7. ‘Feminism and liberalism are in inherent tension.’ Critically evaluate this statement. 8. How has feminist philosophy contested and revised existing accounts of justice? Inyour answer, consider at least two different strands of feminist political thought (e.g.liberal, Marxist, intersectional) and evaluate each of these. 9. Why does Karl Marx argue that property rights and wage-labour result in‘exploitation’ and ‘alienation’? What view of justice does this argumentpresuppose? 10. ‘Marxism is as relevant today as ever.’ Critically evaluate this statement. Make sureyou refer to central theoretical claims of Marxism in your answer. 11. ‘Indigenous perspectives on justice can help to clarify central problems incontemporary political philosophy.’ Critically discuss this statement by reference toat least two of the themes examined in the first seven weeks of the unit. 12. What are Charles Mills’ criticisms of liberal egalitarian theory (e.g. Rawls’ theory)?Do you think that Mills’ ‘non-ideal’ approach offers a successful corrective? 13. Discuss and critically evaluate Fanon’s account of violence as it pertains to both thecolonial exploitation of land, resources, and labour, and to decolonisation. 14. Does Kymlicka’s theory of multiculturalism adequately resolve tensions betweenliberals and minorities?