Political Philosophy (PHIL351)
Dr. Marie Jayasekera
Mondays & Wednesdays · 9:30am–10:45am · LA5–246
This course will cover some of the most fundamental and influential ideas of texts and thinkers that are central to the modern Western political tradition, including Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and John Rawls. We will explore foundational questions of political philosophy, such as the nature of individual rights, the source of government authority, the justification of religious tolerance, and the meaning of political ideals such as liberty, equality, and justice. We will aim not only to gain understanding of the views and arguments put forward in the texts but also to actively, critically, and collaboratively engage with them as well as our own views.
This course satisfies GE areas C2 and F (writing).