POLSCI 702 - Selected Political Theorists
Section: 001 Comedy, Tragedy and Political Theory
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Political theory takes many literary forms — from the Platonic dialogue to the scholastic writings of St. Thomas Aquinas to the aphorisms of Nietzsche. This mini-course will study how the comedies and tragedies from antiquity, Machiavelli, and Shakespeare convey the possibilities and limits of political life in their dramatic structure and action. By presenting specific individuals caught in moments of political decision making, these plays vividly illuminate the challenges of political choice and the concrete implications of those choices. Intended to be performed before audiences, the plays make visible underlying principles of political and communal life that can be lost in other forms of political expression.

Course Requirements:

Apart from attendance and participation in class discussion, there will be three papers of about 4 pages required during the semester.

Class Format:

The class will be run as a seminar. This is a modularized mini-course that will run for the first 7-weeks of the term.

POLSCI 702 - Selected Political Theorists
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001 (SEM)
M 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This is a mini-course that will run for the first 7-weeks. It is only worth 1.5 credits since it is a mini-course.
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ISBN: 0917974573
Mandragola, Author: Niccolo Machiavelli. Translation, introduction and notes by by Mera J. Flaumenhaft, Publisher: Waveland Pr. 1981
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