Law and Ethics (SPS 303)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Nedim Nami Nomer, Faik Kurtulmu┼č,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen. Certain fundamental questions, posed by the ancients but persisting in their relevance, informs the structure of the course: What is good life? How should we live? What does the life of a virtuous individual and citizen consist of? How can the likely conflicts between the two be resolved? Related to these, the course also explores the diverse relationships between law and ethics and adresses issues such as political authority, representation and consent, freedom, justice, and equality.


This course aims to encourage students to reflect on the meaning of being an individual and a citizen.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to

1. offer well-constructed arguments for their views
2. critically evaluate arguments
3. develop their ability to read philosophical writings
4. have a basic understanding of the key concepts and theories in political philosophy
5. be knowledgeable about the nature of law, the rule of law, constitutionalism, political legitimacy, the place of religion in politics, freedom, justice, and the institutions of social justice.

1.Acquire an understanding of some key ideas and concepts that shape academic and non-academic debates about law and ethics.
2. Be able to offer well-constructed arguments for their views about social, political and legal matters


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Participation 20



Goodin, R. E. and Pettit, P., editors (1993). A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford.
Miller, D. (2003). Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Shapiro, S. (2011). Legality. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.