Freedom and Authority
Your assessment is to write an essay assessing the issue you selected, both in
terms of versions of social contract theory proposed by Thomas Hobbes, John
Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau and from your own view of the proper
relation between society and the individual.
Address the following concepts in your essay:
- Explain the ethical basis for the relation of individuals to their government
- Describe the theories of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau about how
societies are organized.
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the theories in justifying the
imposition of authority over individuals.
- Apply these social contract theories to the issue you have selected.
Your instructor may provide video feedback on your work, as well as completing
the official scoring guide for the assessment.
Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that
detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Format resources and citations according to current APA
Number of resources: Use your judgment to ensure your topic is
thoroughly researched. There is no minimum number of resources
Length of paper: Submit 2-3 typed, double-spaced pages.
Font and font size: Use Arial, 12-point font.