Political Philosophy (Rising 9th-12th Grades), June 18-22


Course open to Branson and non-Branson students.

Week 2

9:00-12:00, M-Th


Instructor: Liz Siarny (History Teacher)


Monarchs, Matriarchs and Patriarchs: A Political Philosophy Course in Authority

What is authority? Who has it? Why? This week-long course will examine these fundamental and contested questions in political philosophy, using classic texts to illuminate and deepen our understanding of what authority is and the role it plays in day-to-day life. In addition to trying to define this term in our reality, we will be thinking theoretically about what authority ought to be. Students will engage in thought-experiments and simulations to explore all aspects of the topic.

Instructor Bio:

Liz Siarny told her first grade teacher that she wanted to teach history and she's been living that dream for more than a decade now! In addition to teaching, she works as Branson's Director of Community Engagement and Mock Trial teacher coach. While not at Branson, she enjoys the challenge of keeping her pug Byron at a healthy weight. It's harder than it sounds!