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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Introduction to Part II of the Course

An introduction to the course and to some of the fundamental problems in legal and political philosophy. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min), 4 readings
Reading4 readings
Syllabus10m
Networks10m
Grading10m
Argumentative Reflections10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Political Community and Borders

This unit explores the issues of how our political communities are and should be defined. What is the basis of political community? Should we be allowed to change what political community we are a part of? If so, how easily?...
Reading
6 videos (Total 96 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Lecture 6.1: Voluntarism & Political Community 16m
Lecture 6.2: Alternatives to Voluntarism: Rehfeld's Random Constituencies 18m
Lecture 6.3: Political Community, Cosmopolitanism & World Government 12m
Lecture 6.4.0: Immigration & Exclusion 16m
Lecture 6.4.1: Immigration, Exclusion & Open Borders 19m
Reading5 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Political Community and Borders20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Representatives, Elections, and Lotteries

This unit examines how our political community, once defined, should make law and policy. Who should get to have a say? ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 119 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Lecture 7.1: The Case for Representatives15m
Lecture 7.2: The Case for Elected Representatives11m
Lecture 7.3.0: The Perils of Elected Representation: Part I14m
Lecture 7.3.1: The Perils of Elected Representation: Part II17m
Lecture 7.4.0: The Lottocracy18m
Lecture 7.4.1: The Promise of Lottocracy13m
Lecture 7.4.2: Concerns About Lottocracy21m
Reading5 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Representatives, Elections, and Lotteries18m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Constitutions

This unit examines the role and importance of constitutions. Should we have a constitution? Why might we want one? What should be in it?...
Reading
8 videos (Total 102 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Lecture 8.1: Constitutions as Limits13m
Lecture 8.2: The Mechanisms of Constitutional Limitations8m
Lecture 8.3.0: Pre-Commitment & Constitutional Authority17m
Lecture 8.3.1: Pre-Commitment Revisited7m
Lecture 8.4: Constitutions & Process Theory15m
Lecture 8.5.0: Constitutions, Judicial Review, & Constitutional Interpretation15m
Lecture 8.5.1: Constitutional Interpretation9m
Reading5 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Constitutions18m
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Top Reviews

By MRMar 13th 2016

Although at first I was a bit put off by the speaker's idiosyncratic voice, the content and thought ticklers presented were so good that this course rates a five.

By AGOct 13th 2015

Very engaging course. Particularly like the peer reviewed assignments which got one thinking more deeply about the concepts explained in the lectures.

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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