POLSCI 101 - Introduction to Political Theory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
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
  • John Lewis
  • Combahee River Collective

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)
 
11820
Open
8
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
11821
Closed
0
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11822
Open
2
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11823
Closed
0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
20000
Open
1
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
11824
Open
1
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
007 (DIS)
P
11825
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
11826
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
11827
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
15908
Closed
0
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
15909
Closed
0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
21221
Open
1
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
21222
Open
1
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
014 (DIS)
P
21518
Open
1
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
015 (DIS)
P
21519
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
016 (DIS)
P
21520
Open
1
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying
Note:
The coursepack will be very similar to last year's so if you know anyone who took the class last fall and will share, barter, or sell their pack, feel free to take advantage of it.
ISBN: 9781603094023
March. book 3 ..., Author: Lewis, John,
Required
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