POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2006
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is an introduction to the major early works in American political thought from the colonial period to the Civil War. In particular, we will examine core theoretical concepts such as, democracy, freedom, citizenship, liberty, equality, self-reliance, and conformity and will explore the ways in which the meanings of these terms change over time and from author to author. Throughout the course we will pay particular attention to the dynamic, evolving, and, at times, conflicting character of the American tradition. In general, our study of these texts and concepts will center on the issue of democracy. How democratic is American politics? What is meant by the term democracy? In order to think more carefully about these questions, we will turn to the canon of early thinkers in America and consider their thoughts on the relationship between religion and politics, the nature of republican governments, the ideal character of popular participation, the danger of factions, and the proper role of political and legal institutions in American politics. Class meetings will consist of lectures and discussions.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
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001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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