Start Term: 201020 pos 203 Introduction to Political Ideas Initiator: Erich Saphir Credit Hours: 00 Campus



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Classification: Transfer Start Term: 201020

POS 203 Introduction to Political Ideas
Initiator: Erich Saphir Credit Hours: 3.00

Campus: West Lecture Periods: 3.00

Date: 3/12/2009 Lab Periods:

Description:

Introductory survey of western political philosophy. Includes political philosophy as a discipline, and introduction to the ideas of key political thinkers from ancient through medieval, early modern, late modern, and contemporary periods.


Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss political philosophy and key questions it seeks to address.

  2. Identify key figures in ancient political thought and explain their core ideas.

  3. Identify key figures in medieval political thought and explain their core ideas.

  4. Identify key figures in early modern political thought and explain their core ideas.

  5. Identify key figures in late modern political thought and explain their core ideas.

  6. Identify key figures in postmodern and contemporary political thought and explain their core ideas.


Outline:

  1. Political Philosophy as a Discipline

    1. Political philosophy as a discipline

    2. What is Human Nature?

      1. Nature versus nurture

      2. Reason and revelation

    3. What is right and justice?

      1. Natural right and law

      2. Convention and power

      3. Other approaches

    4. What is the good regime?

      1. Good society

      2. Good government

      3. Basis of legitimacy

    5. Liberty and Equality

  2. Ancient Political Thought

    1. Plato

    2. Aristotle

    3. Other thinkers

  3. Medieval Political Thought

    1. St. Augustine

    2. St. Thomas Aquinas

    3. Marsilius of Padua

    4. Other Thinkers

  4. Early Modern Political Thought

    1. Niccolo Machiavelli

    2. Francis Bacon

    3. Thomas Hobbes

    4. John Locke

    5. Other thinkers

  5. Late Modern Political Thought

    1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    2. Publius

    3. Alexis de Tocqueville

    4. John Stuart Mill

    5. Karl Marx

    6. Other thinkers

  6. Postmodern and Contemporary Political Thought

    1. Friedrich Nietzsche

    2. Modern liberalism and conservatism

    3. Feminism

    4. Selected contemporary thinkers




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