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|Discipline and Nbr:
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
An examination of philosophical concepts such as liberty, equality, rights, justice, and democracy. Typical approaches will use these and other concepts to address the nature of government and citizenship, attempting to understand the U.S. Constitution, civil rights, and contemporary issues such as affirmative action and the welfare state. These concepts will be explored through the thought and experience of diverse groups within the United States.
Eligibility for Engl 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
The examination of basic concepts in political philosophy such as liberty, equality, rights, justice and democracy. These concepts will be explored through the thought and experience of diverse groups within the United States.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Eligibility for Engl 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Major Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1996||Inactive:||
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1997||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1997||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1996||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1996||Inactive:||
The student will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of political philosophy,
such as liberty, equality, justice, rights, and the legitimate
government. Demonstrate the ability to understand and analyze
concepts which are prerequisites for understanding political
thought in a diverse society: race, ethnicity, gender, class,
culture and religion.
2. Demonstrate familiarity with the political philosophy of several
prominent classical or contemporary philosophers, including those
who address issues and views of diverse groups in the United States.
3. Demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts and theories to
practical issues such as understanding the U.S. Constitution, civil
rights, affirmative action, welfare, multiculturalism, and
4. Demonstrate an understanding of how these concepts and principles of
political philosophy, especially where they involve issues of social
justice, equality, liberty and citizenship, have been involved in
the historical and present experience of at least three of the
following groups: African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino
American, European American, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and
Americans of Middle Eastern origin.
Topics and Scope
1. Topics: Classes will typically cover the basic concepts and issues of
political philosophy. These include rights, liberty, governmental
authority and legitimacy, interpreting constitutions, citizenship,
justification of communal values, finding unity within diversity, and
respect for diversity.
2. Scope: The focus of the course is on the concepts and issues of
political philosophy which are relevant for a student understanding and
reflecting on contemporary political issues. Historical background will
be presented in order to provide for a good understanding and appreciation
of contemporary issues. The experience of at least three of following
groups will be emphasized: African American, Asian American
Chicano/Latino American, European American, Indigenous Peoples of the
Americas, and Americans of Middle Eastern origin.
3. Sequence: The sequence may vary according to the instructor and the
needs of the students. A typical sequence is as follows:
1. Introduction: the nature of philosophical reflection and the
special issues of political philosophy.
2. The basic issue of governmental legitimacy. Various theories about
what justifies state power over individuals.
3. The rights of the individual: liberty, human rights, political
rights, negative and positive rights.
4. Rights and responsibilities involved in citizenship.
5. Theories of constitutional interpretation.
6. Common, shared values: procedural values and substantive values.
What procedural values are necessary to hold a community together?
What substantive values are necessary within a society?
7. Issues of diversity and community within a society, individual and
group identity and dignity.
8. Systematic political philosophies and differing views of human
nature and human society: conservatism, liberalism,
communitarianism, democratic socialism, Confucian political ideals.
While varying, assignments for Philosophy 9 typically involve:
1. Regularly assigned reading from course texts.
2. Regular multiple choice and/or short essay quizzes covering the
3. Essays and/or exams. Exams will include essay questions. Papers
typically will be two to ten pages.
4. Final examination involving true/false, multiple choice, fill-in,
and essay questions.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
50 - 85%
|Written homework, Essay exams, Term papers||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
10 - 45%
|Multiple choice, True/false, FILL-IN||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 20%
|ATTENDANCE AND/OR PARTICIPATION||
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION, Will Kymlicka,
Oxford, pb., 1995.
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY, Rite Manning and Rene Trujillo,
THINKING ABOUT RACE, Naomi Zack, Wadsworth, 1998.
AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY, Jonathan Wolff, Oxford, 1996.
AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY: THE DEMOCRATIC VISION OF
POLITICS, Lesley Jacobs, Prentice Hall, 1997.
RACE MATTERS, Cornell West, Vintage Books, 1994.
MULTICULTURAL CITIZENSHIP: A LIBERAL THEORY OF MINORITY RIGHTS, Will
Kymlicka, Oxford, pb., 1995.