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The [course_title] is designed to explain the influential political theories of the Enlightenment, including classical and contemporary formulations as they are related to politics now. Additionally, understand the nature of democratic politics, and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thought. Examine logical variations among different authors, and get noteworthy observation to the practical suggestions of their competing thoughts.

Understand various issues and debates about economic inequality, approving action and challenges raised through arising warning of global environmental collapse.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Yale University

Course Curriculum

1. Information and Housekeeping 00:35:00
2. Introductory Lecture 00:48:00
3. Natural Law Roots of the Social Contract Tradition 00:47:00
4. Origins of Classical Utilitarianism 00:43:00
5. Classical Utilitarianism and Distributive Justice 00:46:00
6. From Classical to Neoclassical Utilitarianism 00:49:00
7. The Neoclassical Synthesis of Rights and Utility 00:43:00
8. Limits of the Neoclassical Synthesis 00:48:00
9. The Marxian Challenge 00:46:00
10. Marx’s Theory of Capitalism 00:51:00
11. Marxian Exploitation and Distributive Justice 00:48:00
12. The Marxian Failure and Legacy 00:47:00
13. Appropriating Locke Today 00:47:00
14. Rights as Side Constraints and the Minimal State 00:47:00
15. Compensation versus Redistribution 00:46:00
16. The Rawlsian Social Contract 00:49:00
17. Distributive Justice and the Welfare State 00:52:00
18. The “Political-not-Metaphysical” Legacy 00:49:00
19. The Burkean Outlook 00:48:00
20. Contemporary Communitarianism (I) 00:49:00
21. Contemporary Communitarianism (II) 00:48:00
22. Democracy and Majority Rule (I) 00:51:00
23. Democracy and Majority Rule (II) 00:52:00
24. Democratic Justice: Theory 00:47:00
25. Democratic Justice: Applications 00:51:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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