MofoPo summer syllabus 08

MofoPo summer syllabus 08 - Political Science 118b The...

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Political Science 118b The Moral Foundations of Politics Ian Shapiro Summer, 2008 Class meeting time : Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm Professor Shapiro contact information : Office hours: Wed: 2:00 - 4:00 pm Tel: 432-5253; Email: [email protected] When do governments deserve our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? This course explores the main answers that have been given to this question in the modern west. We start with a survey of the major political theories of the Enlightenment: Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition. In each case we start with a look of classical formulations, locating them in historical context, but then shift to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today. Next we turn to the rejection of enlightenment political thinking, again exploring both classical and contemporary formulations. The last part of the course deals with the nature of, and justifications for, democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and anti-enlightenment political thinking. In addition to exploring theoretical differences among the various authors discussed, considerable attention is devoted to the practical implications of their competing arguments. To this end, we discuss a variety of concrete problems, including debates about economic inequality, affirmative action and the distribution of health care, the limits of state power in the regulation of speech and religion, and difficulties raised by the emerging threat of global environmental decay. There are no prerequisites. Requirements: Take-home Midterm Exam 35% Take-home Final Exam 55% Class Participation 10% Optional Paper 30% (with mid-term 25%, final 35%) Key: L = On sale at Labyrinth Books, York Street R = In reader on sale at Tyco, Elm Street C = On reserve at CCL
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COURSE SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE OF CLASSES Monday, July 7 Informational and housekeeping session
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