Political Legitimacy and Justice

This specialisation focuses on legitimacy and justice, political philosophy’s core themes. Immersing yourself in theories, methods, and complex cases, you will make the leap from opinion to analysis.

Some think that political legitimacy and justice are synonyms; others argue that they are not necessarily the same and can even contradict one another. You will investigate these concepts and their implications—systematically and logically. You will be confronted with challenging cases and learn to tackle these analytically and thoroughly.

As you will discover, asking the right questions and employing proper argumentation are just as important as your conclusions. The programme addresses questions that are fundamental to every society. How do we arrive at ethics and morals of what is ‘good’ and what is ‘right’? How do communities balance protection of the public and the private spheres, both on a domestic and on a global level? What do we do when individual rights seem to run counter to collective interests? How does a political philosopher conceptualise freedom and equality?

Our Master specialisation Political Legitimacy and Justice does not offer all the answers, but it will help you develop and sharpen your own perspective.

Why Political Science at Leiden University?

  • Leiden’s Institute of Political Science is one of the largest political science departments in Europe. It accommodates a wide range of (sub)disciplines and research interests.
  • Your lecturers are high ranking specialists in their field.
  • All courses are taught in small groups, allowing for personal contact with your fellow students, as well as your instructors.
  • Besides studying interesting themes, you will also familiarise yourself with the state-of-the-art in social and political science literature and research skills.
  • The city of Leiden is a popular student city, with attractive sights and a lively atmosphere. It proposes a wide variety of cultural, sports and leisure activities.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Political Science
  • Degree Master of Science in Political Science
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60203

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