Political Science | Liberty and Its Enemies
Y200 | 3388 | Furniss
In this course we will explore the trade-offs between the
value of individual liberty and the generally understood
requirements of living productively in a decent civil society and a
democratic political order. We will look at questions such as these:
What are our responsibilities to our families, to our society, to
our country? What restrictions on our liberties might be warranted
in the name of social cohesion or national security? On the other
side, what are the dangers that social, economic or political
demands might overwhelm our freedoms?
There are three specific assignments. The first is to come
to class prepared to discuss the readings and associated issues. The
second is to take two examinations. These examinations are not
cumulative. The third consists of a series of in-class assignments.
You are to write your reaction to a number of issues identified in
the Class Schedule and then to participate in class discussions on
how one might resolve them. Your notes will be handed in after class.
I would be pleased to discuss specifics on readings and
assignments. My office hours are Mondays, 9-11 in Woodburn Hall,