T PHIL 200
Introduces and discusses different philosophical views on humanity, good, rights, universality, and other concepts that have influenced our understanding of human rights.
This version of "Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights" will focus on current debates on immigration and citizenship, taking as reference the work of philosopher Seyla Benhabib. Students will read her works on "The Rights of Others: Aliens, Immigrants, Citizens" and "Another Cosmopolitanism." Students will also have the opportunity to attend a lecture by Professor Benhabib and ask her questions about these themes. Seyla Benhabib is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Yale University and will be visiting the University of Washington in October 2013.
Student learning goals
Students will identify key questions in current debates on immigration and citizenship.
Students will learn about contemporary philosophers who attempt to respond to these questions, with special emphasis on cosmopolitan theories.
Students will develop their own position on these issues.
General method of instruction
The course will focus on the reading of texts by Seyla Benhabib, participate in a conference with her, and then develop their own positions through class discussions and other practical activities.
Reading of required texts and participation in class discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Participation (25%), conference with Professor Benhabib (25%), assignments (25%), final paper (25%).