POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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. We will explore how 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. We will read texts written during the period, the canon of early American thinkers, and consider their thoughts on the relationship between religion and politics, the nature position on republican governments, popular participation, the danger of factions, and the proper role of political institutions in American politics. Class meetings will consist of lecture and group work assignments.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
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001 (REC)
3POLSCI 101 or Jr>
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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