POLSCI 302 - Development of Political Thought: Modern and Recent
Section: 002
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the history and development of modern Western political thought. We will focus on the gradual separation between politics and religion, the central role of social contact theories, the justification of private property, the ascendancy of the modern state, the re-articulation of the republican project, the displacement of sovereignty from the king to the people, and the shifting meaning of political and individual freedom. Readings will include works by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, "The Federalist Papers", Tocqueville, and John Stuart Mill. All readings will be from the original works. There are no secondary textbooks for this course. Students will be evaluated based on argumentative essays, exams, and class participation. Class time will feature a mix of lecture and written group-work assignments.

POLSCI 302 - Development of Political Thought: Modern and Recent
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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All of the readings for this class will be available on line. There is, however, quite a bit of reading so you may want to buy hard copies of the books. Info about ordering hard copies will be available at the first class meeting.
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