Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course offers a survey of Western political Philosophy. We will be reading and discussing the spectrum of great canonical theorists that include Plato, Aristotle, Christ, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, J.S. Mill, Burke, Marx, Fanon, Malcolm X and M. L. King. Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, as we explore the nature of justice, freedom and equality—their presence and absence–in the Western Tradition.

No upcoming classes were found.

Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:GOVT 1616 001-LEC
Number:1284
Session:Summer 3-week 2
Class dates:June 21-July 8, 2022
Time / room:M-F 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM / White Hall 106
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:4
Related:GOVT 1616 201-DIS
GOVT 1616 202-DIS
GOVT 1616 203-DIS
To enroll:

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:GOVT 1616 201-DIS
Number:1294
Session:Summer 3-week 2
Class dates:June 21-July 8, 2022
Final exam/project due:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM / White Hall 104
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:0
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moon, A. (am63)
Max. enroll:15
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in GOVT 1616 001-LEC
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:GOVT 1616 202-DIS
Number:1295
Session:Summer 3-week 2
Class dates:June 21-July 8, 2022
Final exam/project due:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM / McGraw Hall 145
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:0
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moon, A. (am63)
Max. enroll:15
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in GOVT 1616 001-LEC
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Section ID:GOVT 1616 203-DIS
Number:1296
Session:Summer 3-week 2
Class dates:June 21-July 8, 2022
Final exam/project due:TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM / White Hall B06
Mode of instruction:In person
Credit:0
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Moon, A. (am63)
Max. enroll:15
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in GOVT 1616 001-LEC
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.

Student experiences

"My class has affected me in many ways since I have returned home. Not only do I talk my friends’ and parents’ ears off about Western political theory, I find that I actually view the world differently and make decisions based on the things I learned at Cornell."
"In his lectures, the professor covered key concepts in the reading and then allowed us to ask about or comment on the concepts addressed. He made lectures fun and educational."