PHIL 728

Political Philosophy 1


In this course in 2021 we focus on issues concerning migration and justice. We analyze questions such as the following: If human beings have a right to freedom of movement or association, does this entail that they ought to be free to migrate and settle wherever they choose?  Does the commitment to the moral equality of all human beings mean that national borders should generally be open?   What responsibilities do we have to refugees seeking safe haven? What kinds of criteria may states permissibly use in formulating selection and citizenship policies? Does justice require regularizing the status of those who have been living in the state in ways deemed to be unlawful under certain conditions? Are there normative constraints on how destination countries may treat their “guest workers” from other countries and if so, what are they? May governments ever defensibly restrict out-migration, preventing its citizens from leaving the territory, as the Soviet Union once did? 


Coursework only

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for PHIL 728.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Not offered in 2023; planned for 2024




PHIL 728: 15 points