Fall/Winter Timetable

POL381H1S L0201

Topics in Political Theory

Privilege and Opportunity


This course will treat the interrelated concepts of privilege and opportunity. We may define privilege as the monopolization by a limited, self-perpetuating group of essential resources; opportunity, as the partial or total absence of privilege. We will explore a variety of historical and current group privileges (aristocratic birth, class, gender, race, religion) and deploy these concepts to illuminate a variety of disputes (over the ownership and use of land, employment, housing, privacy, freedom of movement, and personal security). Contemporary liberalism, in turn, will be interpreted as an attack on privilege and a demand for opportunity.



Format and Requirements



POL200Y1 or ?POL200Y5 or (POLC70H3 and POLC71H3)