Teaching

The following are the courses I teach most regularly, with links to recent syllabi:

Theories of Social Justice (Political Science 331/5331)

Course Description:
This course overviews the leading contemporary conceptions of social justice, including utilitarian, liberal, libertarian, communitarian, and deliberative-democratic theories, and their implications for the design of political, economic, and social institutions. In addition, this course will examine special topics such as justice between generations, global justice, and the rights of resistance or disobedience.

Syllabus: Social Justice Syllabus F17

History of Political Thought I: Justice, Virtue, and the Soul (Political Science 391/5090)

Course Description:
This course offers a critical introduction to the main issues and debates in western political theory, including but not limited to the topics of justice, legitimacy, equality, democracy, liberty, sovereignty, and the role of history in the political and social world. The course is designed to be the first in a three-semester sequence on the history of political thought. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take the courses in chronological sequence. The first semester begins with ancient Greek political thought, and follows the development of political ideas up to the early sixteenth century.

Syllabus: POL 391 Syllabus S16

Global Justice (Political Science 4070)

Course Description:
This course examines contemporary debates and controversies regarding global justice. Seminar discussions will be arranged around significant issues in the current literature, for example: What (if anything) do we owe to the distantly needy? Do we have special obligations to our compatriots? Do political borders have normative significance? And so on. This course will be of interest not only to political theorists and philosophers, but also students in other fields concerned with social justice or international relations generally.

Syllabus: Global Justice Syllabus S17