The Ethics Behind Social Contracts

Delve into the hows and whys of political society by learning about social contract theory and its ethical implications for human rights and behaviour. As humankind has progressed, the development of power systems has continued, to attempt to keep order within civilisations. This agreement to participate in these systems acts as a social contract, and its ethics govern us. Many scholars have researched this area of human behaviour and ethics, and so in this course, we’ll discuss:

  • The definition of Social Contract
  • Different social contract theories by Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau
  • Twentieth-Century Theory and the Self-Interest Principal