POL S 201 A: Introduction To Political Theory

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
SMI 120
Christine DiStefano

Syllabus Description:

This course offers a selective introduction to the literature of Western political theory and American political thought, with a sustained thematic focus on the concept of "political legitimacy."  Readings will include:  "The Declaration of Independence," The Trial and Death of Socrates (Plato), "Anarchism" (Emma Goldman), selected chapters from Leviathan (Thomas Hobbes), Second Treatise of Government (John Locke), "The Ballot or the Bullet" (Malcolm X), Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau), "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" (Henry David Thoreau), "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (Martin Luther King, Jr.).  

Final grades will be based on two exams (50%); a 5-page paper assignment (25%); quizzes, short writing assignments, and overall performance in quiz sections (25%).


Catalog Description: 
Philosophical bases of politics and political activity. Provides an introduction to the study of politics by the reading of books in political philosophy. Organized around several key political concepts, such as liberty, equality, justice, authority, rights, and citizenship. Offered: AWSpS.
Department Requirements: 
Introductory Courses
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:45pm