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University of Texas at Dallas CJS 3301 Theories of Justice Fall 2005 Syllabus

Instructor: Brian Bearry Office: GR 3.312 ext. 4906 Office hrs: by appointment email: Required texts: Porter, Jene, ed. Classics in Political Philosophy Hayek, Friedrich The Road to Serfdom Rawls, John. Justice as Fairness, a Restatement . Course description and objectives:

Teaching Assistant: TBA

This course provides an introductory survey of the basic theories and perspectives regarding the concept of justice by examining selected readings from classical and contemporary theorists. The first half of this course will explore classical theories justice, as well as explore classical theories’ political and social ramifications on contemporary society. The focus of the second half of the semester will shift to the modern and current debate regarding justice; with particular attention paid to the relationship between justice and both human and individual rights. Upon the completion of the course, you should have a basic understanding of the general principles and problems regarding theories of justice, as well as have a basic understanding of these theories application to present social life. Course requirements, attendance policy and grading: exam #1 exam #2 exam #3 Quizzes/participation 30% 30% 30% 10%

Course requirements: There will be three exams , each weighted at 30% of your final grade. 10% of your final grade will be determined by attendance and quiz performance. Failure of four quizzes will result in the loss of 5% of your participation grade; failure of six quizzes will result in the loss of your full participation grade. There will be a grade reduction of 5% of your course grade for every two additional quiz failures. Grades are determined at the instructor’s discretion. Attendance is expected and required. The exams will consist almost equally of lecture and reading material. All exams and the course grade will be determined by the following scale: A: 94-100 A-: 90-93 B+: 87-89 B: 84-86 B-: 80-83 C+: 77-79 C: 74-76 C-: 70-73 D+: 67-69 D: 64-66 D-: 60-63 F: below 60

Class rules and grades:

1. email: You must put your full name on all email correspondence. Emails sent without a name will not be answered. We will NOT send exam, quiz, assignment and final grades via email. You may receive your grades when exams, etc., are returned during or after class, or you may drop by my or the TA’s office hours to receive your grades and other pertinent material. 2. You may not reschedule an exam for any reason—except for a documented medical emergency. 3. In order for you to receive an excused absence, you must notify me or the Teaching Assistant prior to class; or you must have a documented medical emergency; otherwise, all absences and tardies will be considered unexcused. 4. Attendance is expected and required. Failure of 4 quizzes will cause the loss of 5% of your final grade; failure of 6 quizzes will result in the loss of 10% of your grade (one full-letter grade.) 5% will be deducted from your final grade for every two failed quizzes thereafter. Should you miss a quiz due to an absence or tardy, a grade of “F” will be assigned and will stand. There are no make-up quizzes or exams. 5. There will be a 5% final grade reduction per incident for disrupting class. This includes cell phones, pagers, and any other electronic device that rings, whirrs, clicks, beeps, etc. This also includes talking and any other behavior that interferes with others trying to participate in class. 6. All grades are final (unless there is a mistake when determining a grade—this does happen). The time to be concerned with a grade is during the semester, not after. When challenging a grade, it is the responsibility of the student to produce the requisite materials. There is no extra credit given in this class. DO NOT BRING CELL PHONES INTO EXAMS. ANYONE CAUGHT WITH A CELL PHONE OR ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WILL IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE A 0 (F) FOR THAT EXAM. University Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty: It is the policy of the University of Texas at Dallas that cheating and plagiarismwill not be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations will result in immediate disciplinary action to the fullest extent of the policy, which can range from automatically failing an exam to dismissal from the University. See the University catalog for a detailed explanation. You should allow yourself ample time to complete the reading prior to class. The Crime and Justice Studies Program has designed this course to have a substantial reading component, and as the material is written in a rather dense and obscure manner, you should expect each week’s reading to take anywhere from six to twelve hours (the rule of thumb for assigning weekly reading is to assign approximately 3 hours of reading for each class hour.) Reading: When reading, ask yourself the following questions; it will help you put the material in context as well as dramatically help you on your papers and exams. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Is what your author discussing a right, good or just way to live? Is this how men and women actually live or should live? Can women and men live the way your author suggests? Who benefits—individuals? Society? All? Who is ruling—why? Is this good, right or just rule? If you answer “no” to the questions concerning goodness and rightness; or if you believe a concept or idea is unjust, ask yourself the question, “What’s the alternative?”

The following may be found in the text Classics in Political Philosophy (Porter)

reading schedule:
Aug 22 first day of class classical understanding of justice: Aug 24--introduction to Aristotle and classical justice Aug 29--Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books 1,5, 8 (Porter) Aug 31--Aristotle, Politics, Bks 1,3, 4 (Porter) Sept 5 LABOR DAY—no class Sept 7--Aristotle, Politics, Bks 5, 7 (Porter) Sept 12--introduction to Niccolo Machiavelli Sept 14--Machiavelli, Prince, Dedicatory Preface, chapters V-XIV Sept 19--Machiavelli, Prince, chs. XV-XXVI Sept 21--EXAM #1 Sept 26--introduction to John Locke (“liberal”justice) Sept 28--Locke, 2 nd Treatise chs. I-VII Oct 3--Locke 2 nd Treatise, chs VIII-XIX Oct 5--introduction to Rousseau (“socialist” justice) Oct 10--Rousseau, 2 nd Discourse, entire Oct 12--Rousseau, On the Social Contract, entire Oct 17--introduction to Karl Marx Oct 19--Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts; The German Ideology Oct 24--EXAM #2 Oct 26--introduction to F.A. Hayek and John Rawls Oct 31--Hayek, Road to Serfdom, chs 3,4,5,6 Nov 2--Hayek, Road to Serfdom, chs. 7, 8, 9 Nov 7--Hayek, Road to Serfdom, chs 10, 11, 13, 14 Nov 9--Rawls, Justice as Fairness, pt I Nov 14--Rawls, Justice as Fairness, pt II Nov 16--Rawls, Justice as Fairness, pt III Nov 21--Rawls, Justice as Fairness, pt IV Nov 23 THANKSGIVING—no class Nov 28 Last day of class

Nov 30 FINAL EXAM 5:00 P.M.