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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 key terms found in the context of social philosophy.
  • Explain and assess ethical and social theories relevant to organizing a just society or state.
  • Argue for or against freedom of speech, thought, and activity.
  • Assess the strengths or weaknesses of John Stuart Mill’s position on civil liberties.
  • Explain and assess John Rawls’s social contract theory.
  • Explain and assess theories and assumptions made by specified advocates for social change.



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