Prof. Susan Cohen

Office Hours

Willis 418, ext. 4123

Spring 1999

POSC 256

THE FAMILY IN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Course Requirements:

Take-home midterm

25%

Final exam

30%

Final paper

35%

Participation

10%

Please note: There will be NO CLASS on Thurs. April 1, because of Passover. I will try to schedule an extra class, probably some time in May. In addition, I will be away on Thurs. April 8, once again because of Passover; on Thurs. April 15 I will be at a conference. However, there WILL be class on the 8th and 15th, as I am arranging for you to watch "The Age of Innocence," which we will be reading later in the term.

Tues. March 30

Introduction

Thurs. April 1

NO CLASS

Tues. April 6

Sophocles, "Antigone"

Thurs. April 8

Watch "The Age of Innocence".

Tues. April 13

Plato's Republic, Book V, secs. 449a-467e (res.)

Thurs. April 15

Watch "The Age of Innocence".

Tues. April 20

Locke, Two Treatises of Government

1st Treatise, Ch. 5 (subjection of Eve)

2nd Treatise, Ch. 6 (paternal power)

2nd Treatise, Ch. 7, secs. 77-90

Edmund Leites, "Locke's Liberal Theory of Fatherhood" (res.)

Thurs. April 22

Rousseau, Emile, Bk. V (selections to be announced)

Tues. April 27

Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (selections to be announced)

 Thurs. April 29

Mill, "The Subjection of Women"

Tues. May 4

Gilman, Herland

Sara Ruddick, "Maternal Thinking" (res.)

 Thurs. May 6

Wharton, The Age of Innocence, chs. 1-16

Tues. May 11

Wharton, The Age of Innocence, chs. 17-end

TAKE-HOME MIDTERM DUE

Thurs. May 13

Jean Bethke Elshtain, "Feminism, Family, Community" (res.)

John Hardwig, "Should Women Think in Terms of Rights?" (r)

Rosemarie Tong, ch. 5, "Carol Gilligan's Ethics of Care," Feminine and Feminist Ethics (res.)

Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family, ch. 1

 Tues. May 18

Okin, Justice, chs. 2-5

Thurs. May 20

Okin, Justice, chs. 6-8 

Tues. May 25

Purdy, In Their Best Interest?, Introduction, chs. 1-2

Thurs. May 27

Purdy, Interest, chs. 3-4

Tues. June 1

Purdy, Interest, chs. 5-Conclusion

Jane English, "What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?" (res.)

PAPER DUE

Mon. June 7

FINAL EXAM, 7 p.m.