PSCI 232 Spring 2015 Modern Political Thought (W)

Cross Listed as PHIL232
This course is a chronological survey of major works of political theory from the 16th to the 20th century. In discussions and writing, we will explore the diverse visions of modernity and of politics offered by such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Mill, and Freud. They help us ask: What is freedom? Who is equal? Who should rule? With what limits and justifications? What form of government best serves the people? Who are the people, anyway? And on what grounds can we justify confidence in our provisional answers to such questions? Class will be primarily driven by discussion, often preceded by brief lectures. Attention to the writing process and developing an authorial voice will be a recurrent focus of our work inside and outside the classroom.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: four formal papers of 5-7 pages; brief informal writing tasks inside and outside of class
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PSCI Political Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3597
PSCI 232 - 01 (S) LEC Modern Political Thought (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Laura D. Ephraim
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Bronfman 104 3597
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