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Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction to and grounding in classical and modern political thought. Students will be introduced to theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Marx. Students will also examine such timeless questions as: "What is justice?" "What is the good life?" and "What is power?" among others. This course is also listed as PHIL 12. Previously POLS 2.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify significant political theories held by major philosophers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Marx, Rawls, Locke, Kant, etc.)
  • Analyze arguments in political philosophy concerning human nature, justice, rights, government, liberty, law, power, liberalism, etc.
  • Apply philosophical theories to current political and social issues.
  • Evaluate the tension between the common good and individual rights.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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