Course Plan And Assignment Schedule

PHL 370: Social and Political Philosophy

Note: This course plan is subject to change at the instructor's discretion. Students are expected to check this page frequently to remain abreast of any updates.

Course Organization

In this course we will first investigate contemporary political philosophy through five main themes. After this, we will investigate how these themes apply (and fail to apply) to thinking about justice in the urban context. The following list of assignments is roughly chronological in order and gives the general themes into which our assignments will fall.

Course Introduction

  • Weeks 1-2: Argumentation, Principles of Dialogue, Argument Diagramming, The Rawlsian background to contemporary political philosophy.


  • Week 3: Dworkin, Anderson


  • Weeks 4: Miller, Sen


  • Week 5: Christman, Carter


  • Weeks 6-7: Arneson, Christiano, Cohen

Human Rights

  • Weeks 7-8: Pogge, Nussbaum

On the Ground: Political Philosophy in the City

  • Weeks 8-14: Fainstein, The Just City

Specific dates and assignment details are given below in the Course Calendar. Remember to use the "Agenda" view and click on "more details" to get full text and active links.

The whole term is planned out on this calendar. Click on the entry for any day to see what readings and work are assigned for that day. If you have a gmail account you can incorporate the events on this calendar into your own rather easily so that you may access them from your own computer or smartphone.


  1. In some cases the schedule must be viewed by clicking on "Agenda" at the top right box in order for all the text put down for a given day to be visible.
  2. Clicking on "more detail" at the bottom of an entry will display clickable links to readings, etc..

Engaged Reading Assignments

Click here for a full description of the guidelines for Engaged Reading Assignments (ERAs).

All ERAs are due on the day we are scheduled to discuss the reading, per the calendar above. Late ERAs are not accepted for any reason.

List of Supplemental Media

In the course of the term we may make use of electronically accessible journal articles and other media. Below is a listing of these items. Consult the detailed course plan for specific readings and assignments. Note that access to the journal articles comes via our library. Thus, if you have trouble accessing the articles the first place you should go for help is the reference desk at the library. Please be aware that computer problems of any kind will not excuse anyone from the responsibility to do the work of the class. Please plan ahead.


Other Resources

Selected Reading List for Political Philosophy (1944-2014)

Selected Bibliography of Sources for Doing Political Philosophy About Cities

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