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GOVT 395
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations

One of the central questions facing any society is how the benefits and burdens of social life ought to be distributed among its members. Some have argued that the appropriate grounds of distribution are desert: people should have (net) benefits proportional to their desert or merit (which obviously must be defined); others hold that utility or aggregate well-being is the relevant principle: holdings should be distributed in such a way as to make everyone (or the average person) as well off as possible. Yet others propose equality or need. In this seminar we will examine contemporary theories of justice beginning with the work of John Rawls, who revolutionized the discussion of justice by focusing on the basic institutional structure of the society rather than principles applying directly to individuals. We will then consider a range of issues that Rawls' institutional focus may not be able to accommodate, such as race, gender, environmental concerns, and disabilities.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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