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PHIL 201 Introduction to Political Philosophy • 5 Cr.


Examines the values and assumptions underlying governments and political systems. Students discuss philosophical issues behind international conflicts and cooperation in the present world. Same as POLS 201. Either PHIL 201 or POLS 201 may be taken for credit, not both.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Articulate conceptions of citizenship and the potential tensions between these and self-interest.
  • Summarize key concepts in political philosophy.
  • Distinguish competing conceptions of liberty, equality and the good life in various theories of justice.
  • Formulate and evaluate normative theories of justice in political philosophy.
  • Apply theories of justice to specific policy issues.
  • Analyze issues of sustainability including the free rider problem and the tragedy of the commons and how these bear on theories of justice.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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