Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280) | College of Arts

Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280)

Code and section: PHIL*2280*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Yussif Yakubu


This course will begin with a discussion of what the term “politics” covers, and the similarities and differences between political philosophy and political theory. We will then discuss the development of political concepts and forms in historical and world context. Following that, we will examine the rise of liberalism and democracy in greater detail, as well as some challenges to them.

Lectures will be asynchronous. Office hours and possibly some optional discussions will be synchronous.

Texts: TBA

Course Outline


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.