This is an advanced graduate course that delves deeply into the historical link between conceptions the Natural Law and the design of the State, especially in the works of Medieval and Reformed Christian thinkers. Pre-Christian classical ideas of Natural Law and the State and the modern renunciation of both classical and Christian conceptions of Natural Law will be explored as well.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student will complete four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 1000 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post two replies of 300-350 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least ten scholarly citations and one scriptural citation in APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least three scholarly citations and one scriptural citation in APA format. Acceptable sources include all the course readings for the included Natural Law thinkers (required), other primary works by the included Natural Law thinkers, academic journal articles, books published by university presses.
The student will be required to submit 2 book reviews covering the books listed in the Book Review Assignment Instructions. The papers must be at least 10 double-spaced pages written in current APA format, utilize and cite at least 10 appropriate sources, which should include the course readings and Scripture, to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions, and must, in all other respects, be in accord with the standards of academic writing.
The student will write a Policy Memorandum for a legislative committee that is considering changes to a policy that touches on some aspect of Natural Law. The student will explore the history of the policy issue and, using the information learned thus far in this class, explain how the issue has changed over time due to changes in public adherence to Natural Law principles. The memorandum must be at least 3-4 double-spaced pages written in current APA format, contain at least 10 citations to the course readings and other scholarly sources, and use at least three Natural Law thinkers from the course.
The student will be required to submit a research paper. The paper must be at least 20 pages written in current APA format, utilize and cite at least 20 appropriate sources, which should include the course readings and Scripture, in sufficient quantity to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions, and must, in all other respects, be in accord with the standards of academic writing. Research Paper Assignment topic: Is the Christian conception of Natural Law indispensable to a coherent moral theory of the State?