This course is a primarily chronological introduction to a selection of major and some minor works in Western political theory. The texts we read are (mostly) old, but the questions should be familiar: How should we live, and what rules should govern our collective life?
Those are, roughly, the questions of the good life and justice. How should we go about pursuing our goals? That is the question of political action. Finally, why do we disagree when we answer those questions? That’s the question of ideology. The course uses various interactive technologies, and a laptop is recommended but not required. Assignments include regular reading questions, short papers, writing on a course blog, and optional group work.