Focuses on social contract theory, an important political philosophy and one frequently invoked in value debate. This module is intended to introduce students to three of the most important theorists within this tradition: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Understanding the Foucault Kritik is a module designed to help students understand the philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s most significant philosophers, Michel Foucault. Foucault’s ideas are often used by both policy and value debaters as a perspective to critique opponents’ positions. Foucault is a notoriously complex thinker and this module seeks to give students a basic understanding of key concepts as thy apply to debate especially the biopower kritik, a popular argument among policy debaters.