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Introduction to Political Theory

Semester
Units
4
Number
4
CCN
71538
Course Description

In this course we will explore the concept of justice by reading classics in Western political theory as well as more contemporary writings. It is commonly said that justice requires giving people what they are due, but what are people due? Does justice consist of both freedom and equality, or are these conflicting political values? How would a just society distribute the goods that we all need, such as rights and liberties, educational opportunities, and income and wealth? In addition to engaging philosophical texts, we will examine debates about justice in the context of a range of particular topics and problems, including legal regulation of sexual conduct, labor market regulations, affirmative action, immigration, and global justice.