This class was tough.
If you are interested in having the foundations of your morality poked and prodded, if you want to see if they can survive when tested then this is a class that you must take. Professor Merrill's class studies morality through the lens of political theorists to ultimately ask, "what is justice"? The question is deep and rich, though the two reigning camps are Individual Freedom vs. Authoritarianism.
We were fortunate to have a wide variety of students who came to the class with many different views. Personally I gained a greater respect for political theory and was delighted by the challenge. I learned a lot about other people's perceptions of justice and was able to better understand which elements were logical and which portions were emotional.
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Advice for students:
To survive the class you must rise to Dr. Merrill's challenge, you MUST do all of the readings, and you must be unafraid of being wrong. You will make a mistake, you will offer an idea that you haven't fully unpacked, and you will probably blush when it happens. That is all part of the plan. The class isn't about finding the right answer so much as it is about understanding why you believe what you believe. So don't be afraid to look silly, challenge yourself, dare yourself to grow.