Spring 2020 - POL 210 D100

Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)

Class Number: 5233

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    POL 100 or 101W or permission of department.



An examination of concepts presented by the major political thinkers of the western world. The course surveys those ideas which remain at the root of our political institutions, practices and ideals against a background of the periods in which they were expressed. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course provides an introduction to major concepts, challenges and problems in the tradition of Western political philosophy, by looking at some of the major texts in this tradition. In addition to giving students a sense of the normative and historical foundations of the study of politics, POL 210 will help students to think critically and analytically about the political life they observe and participate in, and to more effectively appreciate and evaluate various approaches to the study of politics.

There will be one 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week. Tutorials start in week two.


  • Mid-term examination 10%
  • Term paper 30%
  • Tutorial participation 20%
  • Peer essay evaluation 10%
  • Final exam 30%


Student term papers will be 2500-3000 words in length.



Steven Cahn, ed., Political Philosophy: the Essential Texts [Oxford U Press; 1st, 2nd or 3rd ed.]  ISBN 9780190201081 
ISBN: 9780190201081

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman [Dover Thrift Editions]  ISBN 9780486290362 
ISBN: 9780486290362

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
For details, see http://www.sfu.ca/politics/undergraduate/program/related_links.html and click on “Plagiarism and Intellectual Dishonesty” .

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html