Law and Ethics (SPS 303)

2021 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Social & Political Sci.(SPS)
3
6.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Faruk Aksoy faruk.aksoy@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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CONTENT

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.

OBJECTIVE

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

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of this course, students should acquire an understanding of some key ideas and concepts that shape academic and non-academic debates about politics.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to offer well-constructed arguments for their views about social, political and legal matters
Upon successful completion of this course, students should develop their ability to read philosophical writings
Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a basic understanding of the key concepts and theories in political philosophy
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be knowledgeable about the nature of law, the rule of law, democracy, constitutionalism, political legitimacy, freedom, justice, and the institutions of social justice.

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

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 40
Participation 20

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

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.