Intro Phil: Social and Political Issues (PHIL*1010) | College of Arts

Intro Phil: Social and Political Issues (PHIL*1010)

Code and section: PHIL*1010*01

Term: Fall 2022

Instructor: Mark McCullagh


Method of Delivery:

Each week: 2 hrs lectures, 1 hr small group discussion meeting

Course Synopsis:

We will read and discuss some classic texts on Political Philosophy by Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes and Rawls. Then we will read and discuss some more recent writings on topics such as whether people in rich countries are obliged to help those in poor countries; what obligations parents have towards children; whether multiculturalism conflicts with liberalism.

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

  • One discussion-starter presentation - 15%
  • Two discussion-response presentations (7.5 points each) - 15%
  • Two in-class tests - 40%
  • Final exam - 30%

Required Textbooks:

This course uses online resources.


* Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.