國立中山大學 111學年度第2學期 課程教學大綱

National Sun Yat-sen University 111Academic year Course syllabus

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因應嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎(武漢肺炎),倘若後續需實施遠距授課,授課方式調整如下:Since COVID-19, if distance learning is necessary, the teaching methods would adjust as follows:

         同步遠距【透過網路直播技術,同時進行線上教學,得採Microsoft Teams、Adobe connect等軟體進行】
同步遠距含錄影【透過網路直播技術,同時進行線上教學並同時錄影,課程內容可擇日再重播,得採Microsoft Teams、Adobe connect等軟體進行】


因應嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎(武漢肺炎),倘若後續需實施遠距授課,評分方式調整如下:Since COVID-19, if distance learning is necessary, the evaluation would adjust as follows:


課程大綱 Course syllabus

         This seminar will examine three major challenges facing the liberal world. These have been posed by 1) misinformation and disinformation emergent from issues of untrue, false, or evidence-free, including “free,” speech that has exploded in liberal societies over the past years including claims over plagiarism, deep fakes, misrepresentations, lies and liars, 2) extremism emergent from issues relating to the end of free speech and the beginning of biased conduct, activist behavior, and intended act and action that are so out of the norm, so outlandish, and so extreme that the fabric of civil society has in all but name been rent, and 3) political violence emergent from the extreme (or hard or alt) right and the extreme left that seeks to terrorize their political opponents into submission or resignation.

課程目標 Objectives

         Over the course of the 18-week semester, we shall explore the central arguments of these books. This seminar is divided into three five-week segments: the first five weeks will focus on misinformation, the second extremism, and the third violence.
Students are expected to think seriously about the moral and political challenges posed by these three interrelated phenomena. We shall probe into their interrelationship. How might they be related? For example, does the phenomenon of misinformation impact – or not – extremism and violence? Do these phenomena diverge? Do they converge? If so, in what specific ways?
In thinking about these and related questions, some general notions should be kept in mind: the liberal order has continually been challenged since its birth in the 17th century. Are these three sets of challenges “existential” threats to liberalism? If so, why? If not, why not? How should we interpret and conceptualize these issues? What might be the policy suggestions flowing from these theoretical arguments? Do these suggestions respond to the challenges? If yes, how? If not, why not?

授課方式 Teaching methods

         Requirements: discussion 50% of the overall grade, writing 50%. Discussion entails giving presentation based on the reading assignments and asking questions that critically engage with the readings. All the students are required to give presentations in class. For writing, students choose ONE of these options:
(1) Turn in 16 essays (think-pieces) one per week, each essay limited to 1,000 words. Each essay has to discuss a different chapter of the three books. Under no circumstance may students turn in two or more essays covering the same chapter. The topic of each essay is the main idea or central vision of the book’s chapter. The essay has to engage critically with the main idea from an analytical perspective – not merely give a description of it. The essays should show evidence of critical and analytic thinking by making arguments, not just summarizing ideas.
(2) Turn in two 13-to-15-page essays (one essay in the 10th week, another the 19th week), each essay limited to 8,500 words. For each essay, the student has to discuss at least three different chapters from at least two books. Each essay has to take a position on how the liberal order might be defended, if it can be defended, vis-à-vis the three challenges. The two essays have to take different positions. If the essay is a defense, then it has to consider to what extent the liberal order can withstand these challenges. If the essay is a critique, then it has to demonstrate why the liberal order might not be completely successful in addressing its challenges. Again, the essays should be analytic in nature, neither wholly descriptive, nor wholly explanatory.
(3) Turn in one 30-page essay at the end of the semester. The essay should be no more than 12,000 words – including notes and bibliography. Possible topics include a defense of the liberal order, a critique of it, or a reflection on what might be some of the underlying causes of these three kinds of challenges facing liberalism in recent times. This essay has to draw upon all four books for this seminar. The essay should be analytic in nature. Professor On will work with students and help turn the 30-page essays into publishable papers, ready to be submitted to a political theory journal.
Students are welcome to propose their own topics, but these topics must be proposed by the students and approved by the professor at least three weeks prior to writing.
Grading Scale: A= 96% to 100%; A- =90% to 95%, B and B- fall in the 80%s, and so on.
Do not “cut and paste” any material. Do not use ChatGPT or AI bot to write. Write your paper by yourself. Cheaters flunk the course automatically and will be referred to the dean for expulsion.

評分方式﹝評分標準及比例﹞Evaluation (Criteria and ratio)等第制單科成績對照表 letter grading reference

1.Discussion in class50%

參考書/教科書/閱讀文獻 Reference book/ textbook/ documents
No copies for intellectual property rights. Textbooks provided by the instructor used only for self-study, can not broadcast or commercial use

No.AutherTitlePublisherYear of
1Sarah SongImmigration and DemocracOxford University Press2018Oxford9780190909222
2Burke A. HendrixStrategies of JusticeOxford University Press2019Oxford9780198833543
3Fernando R. TesonThe Theory of Self-DeterminationCambridge University Press2016Cambridge9781316340639
4Tommie ShelbyDark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and ReformBelknap Press2016Cambridge9780674970502

每週課程內容及預計進度 Weekly scheduled progress

WeekDateContent and topic
12023/02/12~2023/02/18Introduction: the scope and the nature of this seminar.
22023/02/19~2023/02/25Chapters 1 and 2 of Saving Liberalism from Itself by Timothy Stacey
32023/02/26~2023/03/04Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Saving Liberalism from Itself
42023/03/05~2023/03/11Chapters 6, 7, and 8 of Saving Liberalism from Itself
52023/03/12~2023/03/18The Truth Won’t Save Us (pp. 159-171) in Saving Liberalism from Itself
62023/03/19~2023/03/25Chapters 1 and 2 of Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy
72023/03/26~2023/04/01Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy
82023/04/02~2023/04/08Chapters 6, 7, and 8 of Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy
92023/04/09~2023/04/15Chapters 13 and 14 of Democracy and Fake News
102023/04/16~2023/04/22Chapters 15 and 16 of Democracy and Fake News
112023/04/23~2023/04/29Donald Trump: Aggressive Rhetoric and Political Violence by Brigitte L. Nacos, Robert Y. Shapiro, Yaeli Bloch-Elkon Perspectives on Terrorism Vol. 14, No. 5 (October 2020), pp. 2-25 (24 pages)
122023/04/30~2023/05/06Chapter 1 of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy
132023/05/07~2023/05/13Chapter 2 of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy
142023/05/14~2023/05/20Chapter 3 of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy
152023/05/21~2023/05/27Chapter 4 of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy
162023/05/28~2023/06/03Chapter 5 of Faith, Nationalism, and the Future of Liberal Democracy
172023/06/04~2023/06/10Flexible Learning
182023/06/11~2023/06/17Flexible Learning

課業討論時間 Office hours

         時段1 Time period 1:
時間 Time:星期一09:00~ 11:00
地點 Office/Laboratory:社1011-2
時段2 Time period 2:
時間 Time:星期四09:00~ 11:00
地點 Office/Laboratory:社1011-2

系所學生專業能力/全校學生基本素養與核心能力 basic disciplines and core capabilitics of the dcpartment and the university

basic disciplines and core capabilities of the department and the university
Class activities and evaluation
本課程欲培養之能力與素養 This course enables students to achieve.紙筆考試或測驗 Test.課堂討論︵含個案討論︶ Group discussion (case analysis).個人書面報告、作業、作品、實驗 Indivisual paper report/ assignment/ work or experiment.群組書面報告、作業、作品、實驗 Group paper report/ assignment/ work or experiment.個人口頭報告 Indivisual oral presentation.群組口頭報告 Group oral presentation.課程規劃之校外參訪及實習 Off-campus visit and intership.證照/檢定 License.
參與課程規劃之校內外活動及競賽 Participate in off-campus/ on-campus activities and competitions.課外閱讀 Outside reading.
※系所學生專業能力 Basic disciplines and core capabilities of the department
1. 瞭解政治學基本議題與研究方法 1. To understand basic topics and research methodology in political science.V VV       
2.瞭解政治學主要領域的核心概念 2. To understand core concepts in major fields of political science.V VV       
3.參與跨領域學術活動的能力 3. The ability to participate in interdisciplinary activities.            
4.獨立文獻整理及反思的能力 4. The ability to classify and organize literature and documents and to reflect on them. V VV       
5.參與研究計畫的能力 5. The ability to participate in research project.            
6.理論思考的反省能力 6. The ability to understand and reflect on theories.V VV       
8.熟稔外語閱讀及寫作 8. Enhance the aility and skill of foreign language, in reading and writing.            
9.增進外語表達與理解能力 9. Improve the ability of expressing and understanding foreign language.           
※全校學生基本素養與核心能力 Basic disciplines and core capabilities of the university
1.表達與溝通能力。 1. Articulation and communication skills           
2.探究與批判思考能力。 2. Inquisitive and critical thinking abilitiesV          
3.終身學習能力。 3. Lifelong learning           
4.倫理與社會責任。 4. Ethnics and social responsibilityV          
5.美感品味。 5. Aesthetic appreciation           
6.創造力。 6. Creativity           
7.全球視野。 7. Global perspectiveV          
8.合作與領導能力。 8. Team work and leadership           
9.山海胸襟與自然情懷。 9. Broad-mindedness and the embrace of nature            

本課程與SDGs相關項目:The course relates to SDGs items:

SDG1-消除貧窮(No Poverty)
SDG2-消除飢餓 (Zero Hunger)
SDG3-良好健康與福祉(Good Health and Well-being)
SDG4-教育品質(Quality Education)
SDG5-性別平等(Gender Equality)
SDG6-乾淨水源與公共衛生(Clean Water and Sanitation)
SDG7-可負擔乾淨能源(Affordable and Clean Energy)
SDG8-優質工作與經濟成長(Decent Work and Economic Growth)
SDG9-工業、創新和基礎建設(Industry,Innovation and Infrastructure)
SDG10-減少不平等(Reduced Inequalities)
SDG11-永續城市(Sustainable Cities and Communities)
SDG12-責任消費與生產(Responsible Consumption and Production)
SDG13-氣候行動(Climate Action)
SDG14-海洋生態(Life Below Water)
SDG15-陸域生態(Life on Land)
SDG16-和平、正義和穩健的制度(Peace,Justice And Strong Institutions)
SDG17-促進目標實現的全球夥伴關係(Partnership for the Goals)

本課程校外實習資訊: This course is relevant to internship:

The course includes internship.(For statistical use only. If the course without internship, please ignore this item.)


Internship: The required or elective courses should include credits and learning hours. Students should participate in the corporative company or institution to practice and learn the real skills. An internship certification must be handed in at the end of internship to get the credits or to fulfil the graduation requirements.