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80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethical Dilemmas

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Theme: Family Life and the State All states regulate their constituent families to some extent, but the proper relationship between the state and the family has been hotly debated for millennia. In this course we will consider a variety of issues in which the interests of the state may possibly clash with the wishes and liberties of families. Our discussion will be motivated by readings from several intellectual traditions, including philosophy and sociology. Topics for discussion may include, but need not be limited to: (a) The regulation of marriage, (b) Government standards of and support for the education of children., (c) Government intervention in the promulgation of arts and literature, and (d) Abortion rights. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion and submit several papers. At the end of the semester, each student will give a colloquium style presentation to the class on an individually chosen topic that relates family life and possible state intervention.

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