An Introduction to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract

Introduce viewers to the ideas in The Social Contract with a short video that explains Rousseau's theories of personal and civil liberty, general will, and political authority.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members view the video out of class, record questions and comments, and then return for a whole class conversation
  • Include in a study of Rousseau, the Enlightenment, and/or of the French Revolution
Classroom Considerations

  • The complete analysis can be found on the publisher's website with a paid membership or a trail subscription
  • To avoid the comment section, show the video in full screen mode
Pros

  • Uses an animated tale of five basketball players willingly giving up some of their personal freedoms and joining together to form a team
Cons

  • None