MA Political Theory
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences
Renowned academics and an exceptional range of options make Sheffield one of the best places in the world for this subject.
About the course
This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Politics. It’s designed to help you develop advanced knowledge and understanding of political philosophy.
The MA teaches you the research skills you need for a PhD in political theory or a related subject.
Other modules include
Research seminars in:
Teaching and assessment
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You’ll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation.
If you’re going on to a PhD you may choose to write a PhD proposal.
Fees and funding
If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University's studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.
Dr Paul Faulkner
Research focus: Testimony and trust.
Recent publications: What is Wrong With Lying?, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2007, 75(3); The Moral Obligations of Trust, Philosophical Explorations online, first 2014; A Virtue Theory of Testimony, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2014, 114(2).
"In what ways does believing what someone says introduce problems of trust? Is there anything wrong with lying? Do knowledge and belief differ in the way they get transmitted across persons? In what ways do we need to invoke communities in order to explain the ways in which knowledge is social?"
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