GOVT 1615

GOVT 1615

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This course offers a survey of political theory in the West. We will examine some of the persistent dilemmas of politics and the attempts of several canonical political theorists to respond to them: Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche. In each case, we will attend to the particular crises these theorists addressed in their work—such as imperialism, the European wars of religion, the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and industrial capitalism—as well as the broader philosophical and political issues they continue to pose to us now. Our approach will be both historical and conceptual, providing students with an understanding of political theory as a distinctive form of political inquiry.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)
Course Subfield (PT)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 1920

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16290 GOVT 1615   LEC 001

  • 17133 GOVT 1615   DIS 201

  • 17134 GOVT 1615   DIS 202

  • 17135 GOVT 1615   DIS 203

  • 17136 GOVT 1615   DIS 204

  • 17137 GOVT 1615   DIS 205

  • 17138 GOVT 1615   DIS 206