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Justice, the State, and the Individual

Program(s): Immersion

This course is nearly at capacity. We strongly recommend you consider at least one alternative course option for your application.

This course will introduce you to some of the most important issues in political thought. What should we think about the nature of justice, and the relationship between justice, morality, law, and social conventions? How do, should, and could individuals and their political communities relate to each other? What is the basis, if any, for the legitimacy of political authority? What are possible approaches to the resolution of political and social conflicts, and what are the relative merits of those approaches? Does it make sense to see political life as a means to individual human happiness? To get at these issues we will read some of the most important works of political thought from the ancient Athens of Plato to late Roman world of Augustine to the revolutionary modes of thought proposed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential Course


Course Considerations

Students should have demonstrated facility with critical reading and writing.

Writing Intensive
Reading Intensive
Discussion Intensive

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

June 12

End Date

June 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Paul Cheney

Secondary Instructor

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)
Examining Culture and Society
Law and Politics
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

SOSC 25304 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

June 10
June 11