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PHIL 330 Social and Political Philosophy

Theories of political and legal obligation and authority, legal reasoning, society and the state. Readings in classic and contemporary texts.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: (PHIL 230 is strongly recommended.)

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 330 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu15:3017:00

Perhaps the most fundamental concept of political philosophy is "authority." In the process of pursuing this central topic, we will also consider a number of related issues, including social contract theory, democratic theory, anarchism, liberalism, and justice. Readings will include classic and contemporary sources. We will also consider real life exercises (and abuses) of authority, along with some empirical studies, as sources of philosophical questions and to illustrate philosophical points.

COVID-19 notice: during 2020W Term 1, this course (lectures and discussions) will be taught entirely online and asynchronously (with some synchronous options).

PHIL 330 002Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

My provisional plan for PHIL 330 is to post one pre-recorded lecture each week, to give one synchronous lecture each week (probably on Tuesdays) and to run one more interactive synchronous session (probably on the Thursdays). The other asynchronous components will include directed reading, discussion board activity, etc.