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215.5 sec. 001 - Foundations of Political Philosophy (Fall 2020)

Instructor: David Grewal  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 5:10 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 17, 2020
To November 23, 2020

Course Start: August 17, 2020
Course End: November 23, 2020
Class Number: 32766

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 19
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course is a seminar on the history of political thought. Its focus is the social contract tradition and its critics, including criticisms or amendments of contract theory based on the alleged sociability of humankind. We will study canonical texts in this tradition, with a special interest in their implications for law.

Readings will include works by Aristotle, Hobbes, Pufendorf, Locke, Hume, Smith, Rousseau, Bentham, Kant, Mill, Marx, Rawls and others.

Students will be expected to engage in close readings of these texts, participate in seminar discussion, and write a final paper.

This course is a Foundations seminar in the PhD Program in Jurisprudence & Social Policy (JSP) and is open to all JSP, JD, LLM, and JSD students as well as graduate students from other campus departments.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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