Undergraduate Course Code: POL404Y1Y L0101
Public, Private and the Liberal State
Liberalism, it is sometimes said, stands or falls with the distinction between public and private. This seminar examines how these terms are conceptualized and how they affect the practice of liberal democracy, especially in Canada and the U.S. We will spend the first term developing a conceptual toolkit that will help us understand some of the ways in which public and private are conventionally understood. We will then spend the second term exploring some of the new (and often unexpected) ways in which public and private are playing out these days in public policy – for instance, in education, health, welfare, multiculturalism, professional sports, and war-making.
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