PSCI 359
Western Political Thought in Transition Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 489 / PSCI 359
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While modern Western political thought traces its roots to the classical era of the Greek polis, its direct legacy from the Greeks derived in fact from the later (Hellenistic) period. It was monarchical in nature and was destined to be creatively transformed during the turbulent centuries stretching from late antiquity to the eighteenth. This tutorial will focus on that crucial period of transition, which eventuated in the emergence of recognizably “modern” constitutionalist notions of consent, parliamentary representation, and individual rights. Readings will involve both primary texts and secondary sources and will concentrate on the contributions of such authors as Eusebius of Caesarea, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, John of Paris, Marsiglio of Padua, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
The Class: Format: tutorial; each student will write & present orally every other week an essay of approx. 7 pages on an assigned topic focusing on the readings for that week; students not presenting an essay will present orally a 2-page critique of their partner's essay
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3200
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on essays, critiques, and on a brief final written exercise focusing on the overall themes of the tutorial
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History and Political Science majors
Unit Notes: meets Group C and Group G requirements in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 489 Division II PSCI 359 Division II

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