POL3412 - Rethinking Freedom, Law, and Ethics

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Why is freedom valuable? Under what conditions should the law interfere with our freedom? Should the law be used to prohibit or discourage those activities that many people consider as unethical, worthless, or harmful to oneself? This course engages students to rethink the value of freedom and the role of the law. A variety of controversial topics will be discussed. They include: the limits of the freedom of speech, the use of recreational drugs, the right to die, and prostitution. It is expected that by studying the course, students will be able to make their own arguments about the use of law in limiting personal freedom and in regulating social interaction.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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