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d2l - SPP - Tues 1 - Social & Political Philosophy...

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Social & Political Philosophy
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Class Breakdown 1. Introduction 2. Syllabus Overview 3. Icebreaker 4. Informal Fallacies Small Group Exercise 5. Exit Questions
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Political/Social Questions Why have a government? What is the moral responsibility of the citizen to follow the law? When (if ever) is revolution justified? To what liberties are citizens entitled? Why (if at all) should government be democratic? How should resources be distributed in society? What is the most justified form of society?
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Contemporary Issues How should we treat illegal immigrants? Should the U.S. allow gay marriage? When is war justified? Liberty vs. Security in a post 9-11 world Should the stupid be able to vote? How much ought society provide to the less fortunate? Should colleges and businesses institute affirmative action? Marijuana: Legalize it? Free Speech: What should be the limitations?
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Objectives of the Course The objectives of this course: to examine assorted political and social issues raise your level of understanding about political theories and justification enhance critical thinking skills improve writing skills develop reading comprehension This course is worth 3 credits
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Course Book Political Philosophy by Jean Hampton
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Class Breakdown Each class meeting will generally consist of the following: lecture small group discussion overall class discussion in-class activities (e.g., answering study questions, doing exercises, applying theories to cases, etc.).
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Grade Breakdown Attend/Particptn: 10% Presentation: 10% Midterm Exam: 20% Paper: 20% Quizzes: 20% Final Exam: 20%
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Attendance Students receive three grace absences If you miss a portion class, this will count as a full absence Students who miss four or more classes should be aware that it will negatively affect their grade. Any absences above 5 will result in an automatic failure of the course. Documented verification for all absences should be kept and must be furnished in the case a student exceeds the three grace absences, and is seeking an excused absence (e.g., verifiable doctor’s note). If you anticipate missing more than three classes, you should
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