What is public policy? Is there such a thing as the public good? This seminar course examines the notion of the “public” through investigating possible answers to a central political question: what is the purpose of government? Drawing on readings in philosophy and political theory, the course considers a variety of approaches to interpreting the nature of the public good and asks how policy makers should respond when competing goods (e.g., freedom and security) clash with each other. The course involves discussion of contemporary issues in public policy. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Admission to Trinity One
Innis One, Munk One, New One, SMC One, UC One, Vic One, Woodsworth One