Political Theory and Philosophy 1 – Building a Society

This course will look at some of the biggest ideas in political philosophy – liberty, equality and justice. The problem of how to build a just society has preoccupied thinkers as far back as Plato, and the debate still rages today. We will discuss John Rawls’ famous Veil of Ignorance thought experiment – designed to produce a set of principles which, if applied, should produce the most just result for any society builders. We will explore Rawls’ ideas, have a go at applying them for ourselves, and then debate some of the most powerful critiques of his experiment. In addition, we will also look more broadly at conceptions of freedom and equality within political philosophies of both the left and the right.

All of our online courses consist of small seminar groups, with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate with peers as well as learning from our expert tutors. This will be a fully live and interactive event, with summary notes and a certificate of attendance issued upon completion of the course.

This style of learning is an excellent preparation for university, and should give participants a real taste of political philosophy as an undergraduate subject, enabling students to make a more informed choice about options for future study .

For currently available dates, full practical details, and a link to the booking form please scroll down past the reviews.

‘This course allowed me to broaden my perspective on different philosophical debates as it is heavily discussion lead. It allowed me to question my own beliefs which I find deeply valuable and has helped me to become more open to different ideas.’

‘I think this course is great if you want quite a diverse understanding and perspective of political philosophy. I did not expect such a range of things to be discussed, so i have gained quite a few skills from this experience.’

‘A very good way to help you think on your feet and evaluate certain viewpoints on very interesting concepts like justice and liberty.’

‘The course was very interesting, you can get your opinions across while listening to others, the material covered was broad enough to not be too focused but specific enough to go in good depth, the tutor was very knowledgeable, I recommend this course to anyone considering it.’

‘The course was packed with interesting thinkers, discussions and debates and allowed you to express your opinions and clearly understand quite hard political concepts.’

‘This course allowed me to broaden my perspective on different philosophical debates as it is heavily discussion lead. It allowed me to question my own beliefs which I find deeply valuable and has helped me to become more open to different ideas.’

‘I think this course is great if you want quite a diverse understanding and perspective of political philosophy. I did not expect such a range of things to be discussed, so i have gained quite a few skills from this experience.’

Practical Details

The Political Theory and Philosophy 1 – Building a Society course is an online event for students aged 15-18.

This is a two-day course, running on 17th – 18th October. Teaching hours on each day will run from 10am till 3.30pm, with a break for lunch, and an independent study task.

This is a live online event, with small seminar groups offering fully interactive classroom discussion and debate (much as you would normally expect from our in-person courses). The event will not be recorded, so it is essential that you are able to attend during the course hours, and that you have a reliable audio and video connection.

The cost of the two-day Political Theory and Philosophy – Building a Society course is £180 per student. As class sizes are small, places are very limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You can see our full booking terms and conditions here.

You can book online using the link below, or if you have any further questions, please call us on 0800 8101058, or email info@debatechamber.com