PHI 326. Topics in the History of Modern Thought: On Juridico-Political Subjectivity
Prof. Kyoo Lee, Suite 325-4, Dept. of Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Office Hours: T/Th 11:00am - 12:30pm

Class Schedule and Material

Course Description       
This course examines key concepts in modern political and legal philosophy, pertaining to the rise and crises of modern individuals: (1) how the early modern and Enlightenment ideas on politics, law, the ideal state, freedom, bureaucracy, power, democracy and justice evolve or differ from classical and contemporary views on such terms; the study focuses on (2) how human subjectivity or individuality becomes a categorical zero-point in modern legal and political arena.   

Course Objectives         
By the time you take the final exam, you will:    

Required Texts 

Grading Scale
97- A+
93- A
90- A-
87- B+
83- B
80- B-
77- C+
73- C
70- C-
67- D+
63- D
60- D-
Below 60 F (Fail)

Course Requirements and Evaluation Criteria
Attending (up to 10 points)
Preparing/Participating/Presenting (up to 30 points)
Writing (up to 60 points)
(40 pts) 4 In-class exams, consisting of short Q & A and short essays, each up to 10 pts.
(20 pts) 2 papers, each minimum 3,000 words and maximum 5,000 words: see Paper Grading Rubric

Statement of College Policy on Plagiarism
"Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else‘s ideas, words, or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one‘s own creation. Using the ideas or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism.`It is the student‘s responsibility to recognize the difference between statements that are common knowledge (which do not require documentation) and restatements of the ideas of others. Paraphrase, summary, and direct quotation are acceptable forms of restatement, as long as the source is cited. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The Library has free guides designed to help students with problems of documentation." (From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 36)
Should plagiarism be determined, a formal disciplinary action will be taken immediately: the student in question will receive an F grade for the course.

Accommodation of Religious Observances
Upon request, academic accommodations for a religious observance are available on an individual basis; by the end of the second week, please provide me with a supplementary document that specifies and verifies your context and needs for modification.

Accommodation of Documented Disabilities
Please contact me within the first two weeks of the semester. An appropriate arrangement will be made.