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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 002 (GH) Philosophy, Politics, and Social Theory (3) Examines relations between political and social organizations, the justification and limits of the state, and issues concerning individuality and community.

PHIL 002 Philosophy, Politics, and Social Theory (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course provides an introduction to central political and social theories as well as assumptions which underlie contemporary political and social structures and which shape the contemporary cultural environment. The course will discuss the ideas of central social and political philosophers, the broader historical and cultural context in which they work and worked, and the nature of the relations and influences between the two. Students will develop an appreciation of the nature of political and social values in the context of conflicting political visions as well as the critical skills with which to examine them. They will be graded on a collaborative annotated bibliography project, a collaborative position paper, evaluations of peer papers, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 002 satisfies the GH requirement and is geared towards non-Philosophy majors. It may be used to fulfill minor requirements in philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 150 to 200 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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