POL S 201 B: Introduction to Political Theory

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:40am - 11:50am
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Syllabus Description:

This course will survey selected authors from the canon of Western political thought, including Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and others. The course will pursue themes including but not limited to the nature of power and politics, democracy, political legitimacy, and political resistance.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the course will be conducted online, both synchronously and asynchronously. There will be usually 2 fixed meeting times per week when all class members should attempt to be “present” virtually. Meetings will be recorded for those unable to attend.  There will also be posted links directing students to recommended online lectures, podcasts or other resources to supplement their study of the course themes.

Written assessments will include 3 essays and a handful of shorter, written responses papers.

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)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 16, 2020 - 9:05pm