d2l - SPP Thurs 1 - Social&PoliticalPhilosophy...

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Thursday, Week 1 Thursday, Week 1
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1. 1. Introduction Introduction 2. 2. Problem of Political Authority Problem of Political Authority o Anarchist’s Challenge Anarchist’s Challenge 3. 3. Drinking in Mankato Drinking in Mankato o Discussion Discussion 4. 4. Divine Right Theory Divine Right Theory
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Updates Syllabus & lecture notes are on D2L Discussion board questions on D2L 1 st quiz next Thursday Presentation: Sign up by next Thursday, at the very latest! First come, first serve!
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Readings book reading is pretty light for each class day it’s also a secondary, rather than primary, source I will supplement the book reading with some additional reading Primary sources (e.g., Mill, Locke, Plato, Hobbes) Articles Also, send me any articles to me that you find interesting (or might like for us to cover) You can earn extra credit points in participation of you send me articles relevant to social & political philosophy
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Group Presentations Student duos should select one topic on political or social philosophy that they find of interest, and then present that topic to the class Groups need to approve their topic with me (in person or via email) Typically, presentations should provide a good overview of the topic, consider both sides of the argument, and then state which side they agree with and why. A hardcopy of the presentation be the equivalent of approximately 2 double-spaced pages Students have until next Thursday to sign up and give a provisional topic On the D2L discussion board, you should state what day you would like to present (I will post the class days) I will post the updated schedule on the D2L mainpage
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A few possible Presentation Topics Is two major political parties enough? Healthcare Effect of money on politics “Bush Doctrine” (preemptive w) Other countries’ governmental systems (e.g., socialism) Welfare Criminal legislation and enforcement (e.g., drugs) Abortion and law Death Penalty Gun Control Stem Cell Research Gay Marriage Liberty vs. Security Media Bias? Immigration
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