Lesson 1 (from The First Treatise of Government, Chapters 1-5, pp. 5-36)
The First Treatise of Government, Chapters 1-5.
The objective of this lesson is to explain how monarchy is based on absolutism and creates slavery.
1) For Class Discussion: Locke declares that slavery is in direct opposition to what the nation stands for. Why is this so?
2) Group Discussion: What kinds of freedom can the people have in a monarchy? Do you think all monarchies are absolutist? Why or why not?
3) Individual Writing Assignment: Describe what absolutism means to you in a few paragraphs.
4) For homework:
a) Journal Writing: Do you think that Locke presents a convincing argument? Why or why not? Explain in a paragraph.
b) Reading Assignment: Read the first five chapters of John Locke's First Treatise of Government.
Lesson 2 (from The First Treatise of Government, Chapters 1-5, pp. 5-36)
According to Filmer, Adam's power over his family is equal to the king's supremacy over his subjects. The objective of this lesson is to...
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