Modern Political Philosophy: the Social Contract tradition

Course Information
TitleΝεότερη πολιτική φιλοσοφία: η συμβολαιοκρατική παράδοση / Modern Political Philosophy: the Social Contract tradition
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Zografidis
Course ID600020438

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 55
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students upon completion of the course will - have become acquainted with the central concepts of the modern political philosophical tradition - have experienced the concept of the social contract, as a fundamental legitimizing principle of the political organization - have understood the way in which modern political thought has interpreted the contractarian tradition.
General Competences
  • Work autonomously
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Theories of the social contract, either in a purely individualistic or in a more holistic version, marked the political thought and life of the 17th and 18th centuries, with Grotius, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant and Fichte as their main representatives. Despite their limited influence from the 19th century onwards, these theories have not been displaced from the focus of political research, as many elements of the historical and theoretical environment that contributed to their formation and prevalence are still active today. The aim of the course is to present the main epistemological, methodological and anthropological premises of the contractarian tradition as well as to examine the central theoretical conditions for its criticism.
Political Philosophy, Theory of Social Contract, Justice
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Στυλιανού, Ά., Θεωρίες του κοινωνικού συμβολαίου: από τον Γκρότιους στον Ρουσσώ. Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2011. 2. Rousseau, J.-J., Το κοινωνικό συμβόλαιο ή Αρχές πολιτικού δικαίου (3η εκδ.). Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2013.
Additional bibliography for study
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