PHIL 366 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least C-.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introduction to political economy — the integrated study of the relationships of government, political processes, property, production, markets, trade, and distribution from the standpoint of assessing these arrangements with respect to the interests and progress of humanity. It explores the relations between individual action and collective outcomes as they shape and are shaped by environmental conditions, institutions, social norms, ideologies, and strategic and communicative interaction, paying special attention to the consequences of these relations for politics, law and economic policies, aggregate economic outcomes, and justice and human welfare. This course will introduce students to analytic frameworks, such as prisoner's dilemmas and principal-agent problems to analyze these relations, exploring their powers and limitations. Readings begin with classical social contract theory and continue with contemporary sources in political philosophy and economics.

Course Requirements:

There will be 3 papers and a final examination.

Intended Audience:

All students interested in exploring political economy, are welcome.

Class Format:

There will be 2 hours of lecture & 2 hours of discussion each week.

PHIL 366 - Introduction to Political Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
24538
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
24539
Closed
Wolv. Access
1PHIL Ugrd
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
26391
Closed
Wolv. Access
 
-
MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
26392
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
29026
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
29027
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
Additional readings will be made available on CTools.
ISBN: 0872200477
Basic political writings, Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; translated and edited by Donald A. Cress ; introduced by Peter Gay., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. [Nachdr.] 1987
Required
ISBN: 0872201775
Leviathan : with Selected Variants from the Latin Edition of 1668, Author: Thomas Hobbes; Edited by Edwin Curley, Publisher: Hackett 1994
Required
ISBN: 9780521405997
Governing the commons : the evolution of institutions for collective action, Author: Elinor Ostrom., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. ed., re 2002
Required
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