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Syllabus Issues in Democratic Theory - 56867

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HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: Political Science

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Yotam Benziman

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 10:00-11:00

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Yotam Benziman

Course/Module description:
This class will analyze the concept of justice as it is manifested in contemporary political theory.

Course/Module aims:
This class will analyze the concept of justice as it is manifested in contemporary political theory.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
develop a theoty of social justice
analyze the relations between justice and equality
decide when affirnative action should be allowed, if at all
conclude which are the basuc human and citize rights
recommend a policy that will diminish cases of injustice in Israeli public arena

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: lecture and discussion

Course/Module Content:
1. Introfuction
Plato, The Republic, trans. Tom Griffith, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 357-362.

2. The Notion of Justice
Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, trans. Roger Crisp, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, chapter 5.

3. Justice and Fairness
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice(Oxford University Press, 1973), pp. 3-22.

4. Criticizing Rawls the Self and the Community
Michael Sandel, "The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self," Political Theory 12 (1), February 1984, pp. 81-96.

5. Justice and Libertarianism
Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (Blackwell, 1974), pp. 150-174.

6. Equality of Welfare?
Ronald Dworkin, "What is Equality? Part 1: Equality of Welfare," Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (3), 1981, pp. 183-191; 228-240.

7. Equality of Resources?
Ronald Dworkin, "What Is Equality? Part 2: Equality of Resources," Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (4), pp. 283-314.

8. Spheres of Justice
Michael Walzer, Spheres of Justice, Basic Books, 1983, chapter 1.

9. Between Theory and Politics
Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference, Princeton University Press, 1990, ch. 1.

10. Justice and Multiculturalism
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship, Oxford University Press, 1996, ch. 6.

11. Affirmative Action?
Tom L. Beauchamp, "In Defense of Affirmative Action," The Journal of Ethics 2, 1998, pp. 143-158.

12. International Justice?
Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence and Morality, Philosophy and Public Affairs 1(3), pp. 229-243.

13. Injustice
Judith N. Shklar, The Faces of Injustice, Yale University Press, 1990, pp. 1-14; 40-50.

14. Conclusion

Required Reading:
See under course content

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 70 %
Assignments 30 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

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