A philosophical investigation of conceptual and normative issues associated with one of several broad domains of social and political thought: human rights, the varieties of human conflict, and war and peace. Examines both classical and recent texts. Brings theoretical perspectives to bear on contemporary issues.
In this course, we will investigate contemporary theories of justice and democracy from recent political theory. We'll be considering these theories in two important contexts--the context of globalization and the context of multiculturalism. Both of these contexts provide significant and unavoidable challenges for the ideals of justice and democracy, and we'll learn about how.
This course will provide students with a background in recent political philosophy. Furthermore, this course will sharpen critical thinking skills, and develop the ability to think about the relationship between normative theories and the contexts in which they are applied.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This will be a discussion-based class, with some lectures when necessary. Small group work and student presentations to the class will be part of the course as well.
No particular background is necessary, although a willingness to engage difficult and abstract material will be a strong asset.
Class assignments and grading
Some short discussion papers on the readings, a longer analytic paper, contributions to online and inclass discussion, and a few quizzes.