PHIL 436 (01) - Social and Political Philosophy

Social & Political Philosophy

Durham   Liberal Arts > Philosophy
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2019 - Full Term (08/26/2019 - 12/09/2019)
Class Size:   35  
CRN: 15695
Examines social and political thought that may include texts from ancient through contemporary times, addressing topics such as natural rights, revolution, law, freedom, justice, power. Questions may include: What is a community, and how are individuals related to communities? Can any particular form of government be morally justified, and if so, what kind of government? Can anarchism work? Is there something wrong with a society in which there is private ownership of property? What is oppressive? What is freedom, and are we free? What roles should different forms of power play in a society? Could and should there be a genderless society? Is ethnic diversity valuable?
Equivalent(s): PHIL 436H, PHIL 436W, PHIL 437
Attributes: Inquiry (Discovery), Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Andrew Christie

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2019 12/9/2019 TR 9:40am - 11:00am HS 201
Additional Course Details: 

I'm looking forward to teaching this class during an intense political season.  The class will attend a mock political convention SATURDAY, November 2: U.S. national party conventions are the culmination of the presidential nominating process, as well as the only opportunity for the two national parties to formally adopt a platform outlining their policy positions and proposals.  The convention also serves as a rare meeting of local, state, and national party officials and elected representatives, as well as interest groups, lobbyists, protesters and counter-protesters.  New Hampshire plays a unique and important role in the nomination of the U.S. presidential candidates due to its “First in the Nation Primary”.  Building on this role, the New Hampshire Humanities Collaborative and UNH College of Liberal Arts is offering an active-learning based Mock “Nominating Convention” in November 2019.  Students from several campuses will come together at UNH in Durham and represent 50 state delegations (plus D.C., Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands).  In the morning session, students will focus on drafting the party platform. In the afternoon, drawing on polling data and the insight of analysis, students will predict the distribution of delegates for their state and determine the presidential nominee.  Drew Christie


Book Details

Steve Cahn, Political Philosophy: the essential texts, 3rd Edition

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