Liberalism and Its Global Discontents

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits

Lecturer: Jeanne Morefield

This module explores the ongoing debate between contemporary theorists of liberalism and their critics. The course begins with an examination of the work of John Rawls and communitarian and feminist responses to his theory of justice. Primarily, however, the module focuses both on more recent criticisms of Rawls’ influence on global justice scholarship as well as work that examines the reception and reinvention of liberalism in the global south.

On successful completion on the module, students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with both the key analytical concepts of contemporary liberal theory and various criticisms of that theory.
  • Analyze the problems identified by critics of liberalism and think critically about both its limitations and possibilities as a school of thought.
  • Reflect on the ways reading liberalism closely and critically can shed light on some of the most salient debates of contemporary politics


  •  4500 word essay