PHIL 112 Introduction to Social Philosophy • 5 Cr.
Introduces fundamental social and political theories, such as Mill's libertarianism and Rawls's social contract theory. Students also examine concepts of liberty, justice, civil disobedience, democracy, and political rights.
May be used as social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- define in short-answer quizzes key terms found in the context of social philosophy (e.g., social contract theory, natural law, rights, supererogatory, civil disobedience).
- explain in brief essays ethical and social theories relevant to organizing a just state (e.g., social contract theory, libertarianism, Natural Law Theory).
- present orally or in writing arguments for or against freedom of speech, thought, and activity.
- critique orally or in short essays the strengths or weaknesses of Mill’s position on the limitation of government.
- explain in writing John Rawls’s social contract theory, and explain how it is an improvement on Thomas Hobbes’s theory.
- explain and assess in an essay the theories and assumptions made by specified advocates for social change (e.g., Gandhi, Wollstonecraft, King).
- Winter 2014 (current quarter)