POLSCI 101 - Introduction to Political Theory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Primarily for first and second year students.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What does it mean to be a "liberal" in the United States? What does it mean to be a "conservative"? This introductory-level political theory class explores these two most powerful orienting ideologies of our time using classic texts of political theory, current writings, and current events. We will look at how "liberalism" and "conservativism" changed during three periods of significant social transformation in the United States:

  • the Founding;
  • the Era of Progressive Reform, broadly understood to encompass Progressive Era (1890-1920), New Deal (1933-1936) and Great Society (1960's) legislation;
  • the contemporary era of Social Movements.

Authors include:

  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Locke
  • Edmund Burke
  • Karl Marx
  • John Crevecoeur
  • Brutus
  • William Apess
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Upton Sinclair
  • Eric Schlosser

and more.

This course is in the Political Theory subfield.

Course Requirements:

2x500-word papers 1x-750 word paper weekly reading quizzes (on line) attendance required

Intended Audience:

The class is designed for political science majors and non-majors. It assumes no prior knowledge of political theory or United States history.

Class Format:

Lecture meets twice a week for an hour and a half each. Discussion sections meet once a week for an hour.

POLSCI 101 - Introduction to Political Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11885
Open
9
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
11886
Closed
0
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11887
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0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11888
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0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
20393
Open
1
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
11889
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0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
11890
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0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
11891
Open
2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
11892
Open
2
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
16077
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0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
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16078
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0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
21692
Open
1
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
21693
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
014 (DIS)
P
22026
Closed
0
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
015 (DIS)
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22027
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0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
016 (DIS)
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22028
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0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill
Note:
We will begin using the Coursepack on the THIRD class meeting, Tuesday, September 12. Please be sure to get a copy by then.
ISBN: 9781603094023
March, Volume 3, Author: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, Publisher: Top Shelf Productions FIRST 2016
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