Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280) | College of Arts

Key Concepts in Political Philosophy (PHIL*2280)

Code and section: PHIL*2280*01

Term: Fall 2019

Instructor: Karen Wendling


This course will begin with the development of political concepts and forms in historical and world context. We will examine the rise of liberalism and democracy in greater detail, as well as some challenges to them. We  will end with a discussion of the interaction between political philosophy and public policy.


Required texts:

The Politics Book

Wolff, An Introduction to Political Philosophy, 3rd edition

Wolff, Ethics and Public Policy, 2nd edition


"Course Outline"

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.