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2017-18 Catalog 
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PHIL 112 - Introduction to Social Philosophy

5 CR

Introduces fundamental social and political theories, such as Mill’s libertarianism and Rawls’s social contract theory. Students also examine concepts of liberty, justice, civil disobedience, democracy, and political rights.

Course Outcomes
  • explain ethical and social theories relevant to organizing a just state (e.g., Rawls’s Social Contract Theory, Mill’s Utilitarianism, Aquinas’s Natural Law Theory).
  • argue for or against a broad freedom of speech, thought, and activity.
  • explain and evaluate society’s common justifications for limiting lifestyles.
  • defend or challenge the ethical merits of a war by appealing to Just War Theory.
  • defend or challenge the ethical merits of an act of civil disobedience by appealing to theories of civil disobedience.
  • explain and assess the theories and actions made by specified advocates for social change (e.g., Gandhi, Wollstonecraft, King, Critical Mass, Zapatistas).

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