This course focuses on some of the controversies that surround and inform our notions of individual rights and the common good. What freedoms should an individual have? What are the individual's responsibilities to the family or the community? How do we balance competing needs? The class examines texts that raise issues about these questions and explores these controversies orally and in writing. Students also receive practice in analysis and revision as they learn to employ extensive feedback and provide it for others. Argument lies at the heart of this course but the class also considers how to listen carefully and work for cooperation and consensus rather than antagonistic relationships.