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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 105 (GH) Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics (3) Historical and contemporary philosophies of law; concepts of responsibility, property, rights, and justice; and ethical issues in legal practice.

PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics (3)

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

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 405: Philosophy of Law.) PHIL 105 will provide students with a critical overview of central positions and figures in philosophy of law and teach students interpretative and critically evaluative methods for distinguishing and attempting to resolve philosophical problems within these positions. This course will investigate the history of philosophy of law and the diverse views of human nature inherent to central philosophical positions. The course will examine the relations between human values, ethics, and law as well as how these relations affect the organization of broader social, political, and religious institutions. Students will be graded on participation, case study analyses, a group presentation and response, and a final paper. PHIL 105 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in philosophy. This course is offered once a year with an enrollment of 25 to 100 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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