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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 108 (GH) Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (3) Critical introduction to political authority, rights, justice, community, inequality, power, pluralism, and other contemporary, social, and political issues.

PHIL 108 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy (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 408: Social and Political Philosophy.) PHIL 108 will critically examine central philosophical positions, ideologies, and figures in the history of social and political philosophy, their relation to contemporary society, politics, and culture, and the significance of social and political philosophy for human values. The course will investigate the nature of political and social philosophies and systems of social and political practice towards providing students with a greater critical understanding of the nature of social and political organization, their effects on human values, and the traditional philosophical problem of what constitutes the good society. Students will be graded on participation, comparison/contrast papers, a position paper, a collaborative presentation, and a comprehensive final exam. PHIL 108 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 35 to 50 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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