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Hours to complete

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 weeks of study, 12-15 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Moral Foundations of Politics

Welcome to the course. Meet your instructor and learn about the structure of the course and what makes it distinctive. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 22 min), 4 readings
Video3 videos
The Shape of the Course6m
Expectations14m
Reading4 readings
Course Overview3m
Meet Your Instructor3m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Readings3m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Enlightenment Political Theory

This module explores what makes a government legitimate. More specifically, was the Third Reich illegitimate and was Eichmann breaking some kind of higher law here?...
Reading
5 videos (Total 75 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Paradox of Discomfort and the Organization of the Course14m
Politics in the Enlightenment13m
Early vs. Mature Enlightenments15m
The Workmanship Ideal19m
Reading4 readings
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, pg. 21-55, 135-14940m
Locke, First Treatise30m
Locke, Second Treatise20m
Hobbes Lessons for the Professors of Mathematics10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Mini Quiz - Enlightenment Political Theory20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Utilitarianism: Classical and Neoclassical

Classical and neoclassical utilitarianism are examined in this module starting with the historical context. Professor Shapiro then shifts to the contemporary debates as they relate to politics today....
Reading
16 videos (Total 285 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video16 videos
The Theory of Classical Utilitarianism23m
The Utility Monster and the Principle of Diminishing Marginal Utility10m
The Panopticon and Bentham on Government7m
Distribution and Diminishing Marginal Utility17m
Bentham on Equality and Rights13m
Neoclassical Utilitarianism: The Philosophical Context Beginning19m
Neoclassical Utilitarianism: The Economic Context17m
Ideological Stakes of the Transition from Classical to Neoclassical Utilitarianism9m
Introduction and the Harm Principle17m
Bentham, Mill, and The Rights-Utility Synthesis14m
The Harm Principle in Practice10m
The Harm Principle and the Spectrum of Harm18m
Harm Examples12m
Is the Harm Principle Conservative?12m
Office Hours 19m
Reading4 readings
Bentham, Intro to Morals and Legislation10m
Bentham in W. Stark, Jeremy Bentham's Economic Writings, 44225m
Mill, On Liberty, Chs. 1-2m
Mill, On Liberty Ch. 530m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Utilitarianism: Classical and Neoclassical30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Marxism, Its Failures and Its Legacy

This module on Marx's Enlightenment theory focuses on the foundations of capitalism theory and its major weaknesses. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 198 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Marx as an Enlightenment Thinker15m
Marx's Challenge to Classical Political Economy20m
The Working Class12m
Exploitation - The Micro Story14m
Exploitation - The Macro Story and the Theory of Crisis24m
Marx's Overall Failures14m
Failures in the Macro Theory15m
Rethinking the Labor Theory of Value22m
Office Hours 249m
Reading5 readings
Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party10m
Marx, Capital (Vol. I), Prefaces, Chs. I, IV, VI, XII, XVI (excerpts)45m
Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program45m
Marx, Theories of Surplus Value, Ch. XVII (Sections 8-11, 14)50m
Roemer, "Should Marxists be interested in exploitation?" Analytical Marxism10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Marxism, Its Failures and Its Legacy30m
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By MSSep 17th 2015

excellant work dont by Dr Ian Shapiro and staff on putting such a mind turning,thought provoking MOOC on a complex and ever controversial subject known as POLITICS!..I hope to see more from them soon

By NKDec 30th 2015

The Course (Moral Foundations of Politics ) is an important subject for Politicains and the students of Political science. Prof. Ian Shapiro's lectureres have good information and most helpful.

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Ian Shapiro

Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

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