Political Theory and Philosophy – Meaning and Purpose

This second political philosophy course will focus on some more radical perspectives on questions of political and public life. We will start with a classic – Aristotle’s Politics, and then look at a more modern take on the importance of public life by the great post-war thinker, Hannah Arendt.

On day 2 we will explore the cultural side of political philosophy with analyses of class and gender. In particular we will look at the work of Pierre Bourdieu on cultural capital, and the role of subtle and shifting class markers in public life. Finally we will use a phenomenological lens to discuss gender, and it’s political significance.

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 – Meaning and Purpose course is an online event for students aged 15-18.

This is a two-day course, running on 7th – 8th November.  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 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