History of political thought, part 2



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SYLLABUS

HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT, PART 2

POLS 3202
SPRING, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Dan Tschirgi

E-mail: tschirgi@aucegypt.edu
This, the second part of an introductory course dealing with the development of politically relevant thinking in the Western World since the classic contributions of Plato and Aristotle, focuses on the modern thinking of Niccolo Machiavelli up through the 20th Century thinking of V. I. Lenin and J. M. Keynes.
Students will be required to read and understand the seminal writings of a variety of political thinkers, among whom figure: Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, George Wilhelm Hegel, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and J. M. Keynes. (Please see the attached Complete Reading List).
Evaluation will be achieved through three examinations (two partial exams and one final exam) and a grade for “Participation.” Normally, each scheduled exam will have a weight of 30% of the final course grade while “Participation” will count for the remaining 10%. Exams will be cumulative; therefore, students will remain responsible throughout the term for all material covered during this course.

It should be noted that unannounced quizzes may be administered if they are deemed necessary by the instructor. The instructor’s determination regarding the need for quizzes will be based on his perception of the level and quality of classroom discussion. The total value of quizzes will not exceed 5% of the total grade to be assigned, and this 5% will be taken from the 90% originally assigned as the value of the three scheduled examinations.
Readings will mainly be taken from William Ebenstein and Alan O. Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers: Plato to the Present, (5th Edition). Students are expected to read assigned material prior to attending each classroom session. (Please consult the attached Reading Schedule). Students are encouraged to buy Machiavelli’s small, but exceedingly powerful book, The Prince, for every political scientist should have copy of this important text.

READING SCHEDULE (SPRING, 2016) POLS 3202

Feb


  1. Introductory Remarks




  1. Lecture: Niccolo Machiavelli


8 The Prince: Full text. Buy it in AUC Bookstore, or download the complete text at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1232/1232-h/1232-h.htm


  1. Thomas Hobbes, Ebenstein on “Blackboard”


15 Hobbes
18 Hobbes
22 John Locke, Ebenstein, on Blackboard.
25 John Locke
29 John Locke
March


  1. Jean Jacques Rousseau, Ebenstein, on Blackboard


7 Rousseau
10 Rousseau
14 Review: Machiavelli to Rousseau
17 EXAM #1
21 REVIEW OF EXAM #1
24 George W. Hegel, Ebenstein, on Blackboard
28 Hegel
31 Karl Marx, Ebenstein on Blackboard

April
4 Marx, Ebenstein, on Blackboard
7 Marx
11 Marx
14 Lenin, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Online at https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/
18 Lenin
21 Freud in Ebenstein, on Blackboard
APRIL 24 TO MAY 2: HOLIDAYS, MID-TERM BREAK
May


  1. John Maynard Keynes, in Ebenstein, on Blackboard


9 Keynes,


  1. EXAM #2


16 END OF COURSE AND REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM




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