PSCI 286
Conservative Political Thought Fall 2021
Division II

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Conservative thinkers claim to be leading an intellectual transformation away from the tired nostrums of liberalism. They see themselves as original, dynamic, serious. This course will read leading conservative political thinkers with a view to identifying their central tenets, both negative and positive. What is it that they oppose and support? What, if anything, defines contemporary conservative thinking? Is it a coherent body of thought, a doctrine, or a collection of disparate and conflicting thinkers? What is the relationship of thinkers who emphasize the market, order, and traditional values? And what are their views on diversity, citizenship, and race, and how do heterodox leftists fit with conservative critiques of managerial liberalism?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1690
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Two 8-10 page papers and final exam
Prerequisites: Political Science Majors
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors/Seniors
Distributions: Division II

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