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Spring 2016-2017
* POL 307 / CHV 307 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Just Society

Alan W. Patten

An introduction to theories of social justice and examination of their implications in areas of contemporary social and political controversy. The first half of the course introduces the problem of social justice and examines two classic positions, as articulated by John Locke (whose name is associated with liberalism, property, and capitalism) and Karl Marx (whose name is associated with the critique of capitalism). The second half of the course focuses on contemporary theories of justice. We will read authors such as John Rawls and Robert Nozick, and examine controversies over poverty, taxation, equal opportunity, and environmental justice.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
125 pages of reading per week

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41756 L01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm T Th   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:22 Limit:
44021 P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCormick Hall   272   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
44022 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Corwin Hall   023   Enrolled:10 Limit:14 Closed
41757 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled