POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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America is known as a nation of doers. Its folk heroes like Molly Pitcher, Daniel Boone, Geronimo, and Harriet Tubman were men and women of action. Its archetypes—The Pioneer, the Entrepreneur, the Vigilante, the Inventor, and the Founder—get things done. But is this the sum of the nation? Have Americans embraced action and exploit, while leaving the life of the mind to their (coffee-drinking, cigarette-smoking) continental counterparts?

In American Political Thought, we’ll examine the frequently neglected history of American ideas, focusing on major early works from the eighteenth century to the Civil War. Over the course of the semester, we’ll investigate three fundamental political concepts in turn: Government, Citizenship, and Factions. In each section, we’ll pay particular attention to the ways in which each concept is shaped by historical events and the demands of political action. We’ll also examine how each concept changes over time and chart the dynamic and evolving character of American political thought.

POLSCI 306 - American Political Thought
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001 (REC)
12POLSCI 101 or Jr>
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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