POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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, citizenship, liberty, equality, duty, self-reliance, and conformity. We will explore how the meaning of these terms changes 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. Students will read original political theory texts, the canon of early American thinkers, including: John Winthrop, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Alexis de Tocqueville, R.W. Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and others. In-class group work will be a component of this class. The class is writing intensive and students will produce several analytic essays based on a close reading of texts.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
16POLSCI 101 or Jr>
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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