Sep 16, 2019  
2018-19 Course Catalog 
    
2018-19 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POLS 201 - Introduction to Political Philosophy


5 CR

Same as PHIL 201 .
Explores the philosophical foundations of politics and political activity. Organized around key political and philosophical concepts, such as authority, citizenship, equality, justice, liberty, power, rights, and sustainability. Either POLS 201 or PHIL 201  may be taken for credit, not both.

Course Outcomes
  • Articulate conceptions of citizenship and the potential tensions between these and self-interest.
  • Summarize key concepts in political philosophy.
  • Distinguish competing conceptions of liberty, equality and the good life in various theories of justice.
  • Formulate and evaluate normative theories of justice in political philosophy.
  • Apply theories of justice to specific policy issues.
  • Analyze issues of sustainability including the free rider problem and the tragedy of the commons and how these bear on theories of justice.


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