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Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 20 hours of videos and quizzes...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Unit 1: Introduction to Part I of the Course

An introduction to Part I of the course and to some of the fundamental problems in legal and political philosophy. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Lecture 1.1: Political Institutions & Starting Positions7m
Lecture 1.2: Peace & Problem Solving 8m
Lecture 1.3: Choice Points in Designing a State 12m
Reading4 readings
Syllabus10m
Networks10m
Grading10m
Argumentative Reflections10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Unit 2: Happiness and Welfare

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the role for legal and political institutions in promoting happiness, peace, stability, and human flourishing....
Reading
12 videos (Total 134 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Lecture 2.1.0: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & the State of Nature 10m
Lecture 2.1.1: Happiness, Thomas Hobbes & Escaping the State of Nature10m
Lecture 2.2: Happiness, Welfare & the Scope of the State6m
Lecture 2.3.0: Happiness, John Stuart Mill & the Harm Principle 9m
Lecture 2.3.1: Happiness & the Harm Principle 18m
Lecture 2.4: A More Constructive Role for the State in Promoting Happiness4m
Lecture 2.5: Promoting Happiness: Collective Action Problems, Public Goods, and Free Riding 14m
Lecture 2.6.0: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of the State 13m
Lecture 2.6.1: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Deliberation 7m
Lecture 2.6.2: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Large Numbers 14m
Lecture 2.7: Promoting Happiness: Law & Development 17m
Reading7 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Happiness and Welfare22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Unit 3: Justice

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the State’s role in bringing about justice, introducing and analyzing four different views of justice....
Reading
9 videos (Total 135 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Lecture 3.1.0: Distributive Justice & Utilitarianism 11m
Lecture 3.1.1: Distributive Justice: Problems with Utilitarianism 21m
Lecture 3.2.0: Justice: The Capabilities Approach 9m
Lecture 3.2.1: Justice: The Ten Central Human Capabilities22m
Lecture 3.3: Justice: Nozick's Entitlement Theory 14m
Lecture 3.4.0: Justice: Rawls's Theory of Justice13m
Lecture 3.4.1: Justice: Rawls & The Original Position15m
Lecture 3.4.2: Justice: Rawls & The Two Principles of Justice 16m
Reading3 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Justice20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Unit 4: Equality

Why should we have a State? This unit examines answers that focus on the importance of equality. It introduces and analyzes views of equality as a constraint, and views of equality as a societal or political objective....
Reading
5 videos (Total 80 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Lecture 4.1.0: Equality as a Constraint: Legal & Political Equality 13m
Lecture 4.1.1: Equality as a Constraint: Re-Examining Political Equality 13m
Lecture 4.2: Equality as an Objective: Introduction to Egalitarianism 21m
Lecture 4.3: Equality: Connections Between Material & Political Equality 19m
Reading3 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Equality10m
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Top Reviews

By SDMar 4th 2017

I enjoyed this course and learned a lot. The lecturer was good, and structured the topics and lectures well so that topics were disclosed in a gradual and logical manner. I looked forward to part 2!

By TBJun 24th 2016

Would recommend this course to anyone living during this time as it explores what's true for ALL humans and forces you to think critically about how we can ALL become our best selves

Instructor

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Alexander Guerrero

Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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