Fall 2021 - POL 210 D100
Introduction to Political Philosophy (3)
Class Number: 3875
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
Basic ideas of political philosophy are analyzed in this course by following the development of citizenship a vital element of democracy. Should the duties and rights of citizens be minimized to achieve greater individual freedom? How would a more inclusive definition of citizenship considering the experiences contributions of women influence democracy? What obligations do citizens have to future generations and other inhabitants of planet Earth? On what ethical framework should the judgements and actions of citizens be based? Discussion will be in light of the writings of eminent political thinkers, such as Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft.
- Three quizzes in lecture 30%
- Attendance and Participation in tutorial 10%
- Short paper 15%
- Term paper 30%
- Asynchronous contributions to the online discussion board 15%
All books available through Vital Source as E-books.
Plato, Republic (Hackett Publishing 2004) ISBN: 9780872207363
Thomas Hobbes, The Leviathan (Hackett Publishing 1994) ISBN: 9780872201774
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (Cambridge University Press 1988) ISBN: 9780521354486
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract (Dover 2003) ISBN: 9780486426921
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Dover 1996)
Karl Marx, Selected Writings (Cambridge University Press 1994) ISBN: 9780521349949
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (Hackett Publishing 1995) ISBN: 9780872203167
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