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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

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 Solving8m
Lecture 1.3: Choice Points in Designing a State12m
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 Nature10m
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 Principle9m
Lecture 2.3.1: Happiness & the Harm Principle18m
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 Riding14m
Lecture 2.6.0: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of the State13m
Lecture 2.6.1: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Deliberation7m
Lecture 2.6.2: Promoting Happiness: The Epistemic Power of Large Numbers14m
Lecture 2.7: Promoting Happiness: Law & Development17m
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 134 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Lecture 3.1.0: Distributive Justice & Utilitarianism11m
Lecture 3.1.1: Distributive Justice: Problems with Utilitarianism21m
Lecture 3.2.0: Justice: The Capabilities Approach9m
Lecture 3.2.1: Justice: The Ten Central Human Capabilities22m
Lecture 3.3: Justice: Nozick's Entitlement Theory14m
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 Justice16m
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 79 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Lecture 4.1.0: Equality as a Constraint: Legal & Political Equality13m
Lecture 4.1.1: Equality as a Constraint: Re-Examining Political Equality13m
Lecture 4.2: Equality as an Objective: Introduction to Egalitarianism21m
Lecture 4.3: Equality: Connections Between Material & Political Equality19m
Reading3 readings
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Relevant Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Equality10m

Instructor

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Alexander Guerrero

Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy

About Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

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