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)