The social contract theory is based on the notion that a voluntary, unanimous agreement exists among a society’s members to obey governmental laws formed by those they collectively select. It is not a formal contract, but a moral code that enables us to each pursue our own self-interests, understanding that others feel permission to do the same. Ideally, this will serve to create a peaceful society. The principle of equality considers the concepts of justice, social benefits and harms, and real versus perceived differences between people. “It is unjust to treat people differently in ways that deny to some of them significant social benefits unless we can show that there is a difference between them that is relevant to the different treatment” (MacKinnon, 2015, p. 175). This activity aligns with module outcome 2.
Prepare for your discussion by completing your readings and viewings. Then respond to the following:
- Media sometimes serves to solidify or undermine our understanding of the social contract in terms of race, class or social equality. Current topics of racial profiling, police brutality, and other issues of social inequality often appear in media. Please share specific examples and post a link to a political cartoon that best illustrates your ethical approach.
- Are philosophers Carole Pateman and Charles Mills correct that the social contract is not inclusive of all people in our society? Please explain your response.
Your initial post is due by Thursday at 11:59 PM EST. Your responses to other posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST.
Initial Discussion Post
Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA (Links to an external site.) style formatting. You may use additional sources and materials as long as they are relevant to the discussion and cited properly.
Responses to Other Posts
After you have submitted your initial discussions, read through the postings of your peers. You must choose and respond to (at least) two of your peers’ discussion posts. The posts you choose to respond to do not necessarily have to be classmates’ initial posts.
Each response to a peer should be (at least) approximately 100 words in length and should contribute to the discussion in progress. All responses to classmates should be substantive. That is, they should go beyond simple agreement or disagreement with classmates’ posts. Responses must be respectful, substantive, and consistent with the expectations for discussion, as stated by the prompt. Please monitor and respond to feedback to your initial discussion thread throughout the module. You must reply to your classmates’ postings within the designated due dates for the discussion activity. Please direct any questions you may have to your instructor.
See the Course Calendar for due dates for posts and responses.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
This is a “post first” discussion forum. You must submit your initial post before you can view other students’ posts.
To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.
This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 30% of your final course grade.
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