PSCI 312
American Political Thought Spring 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as PSCI312 / LEAD312
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From democracy to liberty, equality to community, foundational ideas — about what makes for good government, about what constitutes the good society, about what is necessary to lead a good life — define the American political tradition and consume the American political imagination. Designed not only to uncover these (sometimes melodious, sometimes cacophonous) values but also to place current ideological debates about them in a broader developmental context, this tutorial will offer a topical tour of American political thinking from the birth of nationalism in the colonial period to the remaking of conservatism and liberalism in the early twenty-first century. Utilizing primary source material ranging from presidential speeches to party platforms, newspaper editorials to novels, we will seek to interrogate — reconciling where possible, distinguishing where necessary, interpreting in all instances — the disparate visions and assessments of the American political experience offered by politicians, artists, intellectuals, activists, and ordinary citizens over the course of more than two centuries. Our focus, then, is nothing less than the story of America — as told by those who lived it.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3602
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5- to 7-page essays, five 2- to 3-page critiques, and a revised and extended 10- to 12-page final essay
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors and prospective majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives; LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership; PHIL Related Courses; PSCI American Politics Courses; PSCI Political Theory Courses;

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