PHIL 302 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Time & Place: MWF 9.30-10.20 am, KELL 404
Instructor: Professor Roy Perrett
Contact Information: B-304 Sakamaki Hall
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 2.30 -3.30 pm
An introduction to some of the most important issues in political philosophy, including: human nature and its relation to society, the extent to which the powers of the state are justified, the tension between liberty and rights, and the way resources ought to be distributed.
Jonathan Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy, revised edition. [IPP]
Michael Rosen & Jonathan Wolff (eds.), Political Thought [PT].
What Is A Writing Intensive Course?
Phil 302 is a writing intensive course. This means that writing will be used as a means of learning course material. Since much of the course material is contained in the required texts, students will not be able to respond intelligently and creatively to assignments without devoting time to careful reading. Writing intensive courses in philosophy are, therefore, also reading intensive courses. Reading entails learning and familiarizing oneself with the philosophical terminology used in the texts and working to follow the line of reasoning presented. Depending on how advanced a student you are you should reserve 3-4 hours a week for reading and digesting course materials.
(1) Class participation. This counts for 10% of the final grade.
(2) Two short reaction papers of 500 words each: due weeks 4 & 12. Each of these counts for 5 % of the final grade.
(3) One midterm essay of 1500 words: due Friday 6 March. This counts for 40% of the final grade. Students unsatisfied with their grade for this essay will have an opportunity to rewrite and resubmit.
(4) One final take-home exam (equivalent to an essay of 1500 words). This counts for 40% of the final grade.
If you feel you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please (i) contact the KOKUA Program, room 013, QLCSS, 956-7511 or 956-7612; (ii) speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet your access needs related to your documented disability.
(The Instructor reserves the right to change this schedule if necessary.)
Wks 1-2: The State of Nature (IPP 1; PT I)
Wks 3-5: Justifying the State (IPP 2; PT II)
Wks 6-7: Who Should Rule? (IPP 3; PT III)
Wks 8-9: The Place of Liberty (IPP 4; PT IV)
Wks 10-11: The Distribution of Property (IPP 5; PT V)
Wks 12-14: Individualism, Justice, Feminism (IPP 6; PT VI-VII)
First Reaction Paper due Friday 6 February
Midterm Paper due Friday 6 March
Second Reaction paper due Wednesday 8 April
Final Exam due 9.45 am Friday 15 May