This course offers a survey of political theory in the West. We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of politics and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to respond to them: Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche. In each case, we will attend to the particular crises these theorists addressed in their work, such as imperialism, the European wars of religion, the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and industrial capitalism, as well as the broader philosophical and political issues they continue to pose to us now. Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, providing students with an understanding of political theory as a distinctive form of political inquiry.
Although not a prerequisite, GOVT 1615 can be taken in sequence with GOVT 3626.
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Previously offered classes
Summer 2020: Online course
|Section ID:||GOVT 1615 001-LEC|
|Class dates:||June 22-July 10, 2020|
|Due date:||Friday July 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM / TBA (see Final exams)|
|Time / room:||M-F 11 AM - 12 PM / TBA |
M-F 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM / TBA
M-F 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM / Other, Off-Campus
|Mode of instruction:||Synchronous distance learning|
|Instructor:||Moon, A. (am63)|
|This is an online course. Please review the online course FAQs.|
|To enroll:||Enrollment for this class is closed.|
The GOVT 1615 201-DIS section of this course has been canceled.
The GOVT 1615 202-DIS section of this course has been canceled.
The GOVT 1615 203-DIS section of this course has been canceled.
The GOVT 1615 204-DIS section of this course has been canceled.