Welcome to Minervaland! You have been selected to serve as part of the Constitutional Convention following a political crisis. In accordance with Rawls’ principles of the “veil of ignorance,” you bring no social identity with you to this Convention.
Oh, so a few facts you should know about Minervaland:
I. Politics Committee
P1. How is power distributed in Minervaland?
P2. How do citizens participate in the government of Minervaland?
P3. How should political speech by regulated in Minervaland?
P4. Should peaceful assembly be permitted?
P5. Does Minervaland have an official religion? If so, which?
II. Law & Justice Committee
L1. How long can a citizen be held in detention by authorities before being formally charged with a crime?
L2. When is torture permitted in Minervaland?
L3. When one is accused of a crime, one is . . .
L4. Who reviews most legal cases in Minerva?
L5. When are trials held in secret?
III. Economy Committee
E1. How will property be treated in Minervaland?
E2. When can property be seized from individuals?
E3. Employment is:
E4. Vacations should be provided:
IV. Human Welfare Committee
H1. Should Minervaland guarantee a basic income for its citizens?
H2. How should healthcare be provided in Minervaland?
H3. How should childcare be provided?
H4. How should the state support education in Minervaland?
H5. How will elderly Minervans be cared for?
Check for understanding
Review/extension of Lee Kuan Yew
Examination of Tharoor
Homework: Assignment #216 (review only)
Check for Understanding
Reflect and share:
Discussion (some key points to address):
Homework: Assignment #215.
Looking ahead to Thanksgiving:
Check for understanding
Homework: Assignment #214.
The Problem of Human Rights
Reading and Winnowing the UDHR
Homework: Assignment #213
Word cloud exercise:
Role play activity:
Roles. At the beginning of class we will divide into the following roles. If your name is listed below you will be the spokesperson for your role. If your name is not listed, please choose a role to serve as a researcher and supporter. (Ryan will join Loup as Questioner if he is present. Otherwise we will have just one questioner.)
Key questions for discussion. Please note that not all roles will have something to say about each question. For example, Locke will have much to say about #1 and #4; his position on #2 can probably be inferred; but we don’t really know what he would say about #3, so he should probably remain silent on this question.
Homework: Assignment #209.
Share in pairs or triads
Homework: Assignment #208
HS150 Global Thinking