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PHIL 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy

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Course Description

A critical examination of political philosophies such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Communitarianism, Libertarianism, Socialism, Feminism, Marxism, etc. through readings by influential thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Marx, Rawls, and contemporary writers. Topics include theories of human nature, conceptions of justice, the rights of individuals, the distribution of wealth and power, the significance of ideology, and the role of markets. Also listed as PLSC 280.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9C2, 9D3
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C2; Area D), UC (IGETC Area 3B; Area 4)
C-ID: POLS 120