PHIL 411 Philosophy, Governance, and Public Policy




Public policy affects us all, but it also reflects a nation's commitments and concerns. It is important, therefore, that we critically reflect on its goals and implementation. This course evaluates the ways in which ethics and political philosophy can inform our thinking about issues in and pertaining to governance and public policy. Topics may include the trade off between ideal policy and practical feasibility, the role of science and Indigenous knowledge in informing public policy, how to measure wellbeing and offer due consideration to the interests of future generations, the right to privacy, immigration and open borders, minority rights, etc.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework

Course Notes

PHIL 411 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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