POLSCI 190 - First-Year Seminar in Political Science
Section: 001 Socrates
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Course Note:
This course is designed to introduce first-year students to political science topics in a seminar format. The content varies, depending on the instructor.
Requirements & Distribution:
Honors, Theme, FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar with introduce the student to Socrates as a complex character through readings primarily from the ancient Greek texts such as Plato and Xenophon, but also through readings that show how Socrates has been appropriated and interpreted by more recent thinkers. The Athenian democracy executed Socrates for his willingness to question the traditions and conventional beliefs about what made life worth living. Rejecting the outward rewards of fame and fortune, he turned to the nurturing of an inner life, but an inner life that entailed engaging others in reflection about their own beliefs and assumptions. In fostering questioning, though, he also challenged the security of the city and raised questions about the compatibility of the good life and the political world. His execution and his thought highlight the complex relationship between individual and public virtue, between the search for knowledge and the role of traditions in building political stability.

There will be three short papers during the academic term and a final paper of 10 pages at the end of the academic term. Classes will focus on discussions of the readings and their portrayal of Socrates.

POLSCI 190 - First-Year Seminar in Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs Y1
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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