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Fall 2017-2018
* WWS 370 / POL 308 / CHV 301 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Ethics and Public Policy

Stephen J. Macedo

The course examines major moral controversies in public life and differing conceptions of justice and the common good. It seeks to help students develop the skills required for thinking and writing about the ethical considerations that ought to shape public institutions, guide public authorities, and inform the public's judgments. The course will focus on issues that are particularly challenging for advanced, pluralist democracies such as the USA, including justice in war, terrorism and torture, paternalism, markets and distributive justice, immigration, and refugees and the place, if any, of religious arguments in politics.

Sample reading list:
Rawls, John, Theory of Justice, selections
Nozick, Robert, Anarchy State and Utopia, selections
Walzer, Michael, Just and Unjust Wars

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week; the quantity depends on the sort of material covered. Weekly intensive participation in precepts required to develop skills of analysis and deliberation. Short paper, midterm; longer paper; final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Students should select the P99 option to enroll in the course. Final precept selection will take place during the first week of classes.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22119 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:88 Limit:140 Closed
23687 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23688 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:9 Limit:13 Closed
23689 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th        Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
23690 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th        Enrolled:11 Limit:13 Closed
23691 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23692 P06 10:00 am - 10:50 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23693 P07 11:00 am - 11:50 am F        Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
23826 P08 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   450   Enrolled:14 Limit:15 Closed
22813 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled