Course Description –
Students explore systematic efforts to explain and interpret political phenomena. Important works from the western tradition and works of non-western thinkers are considered. Students investigate questions of political obligation, political consent, justice, freedom, and equality.
- POLS 1101
Required Course Resources –
AN INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY
John Hoffman and Paul Graham
Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013
Course Learning Objectives –
- Understand the difference between politics and political theory and the interelationships between the two.
- Understand the importance and relationship of philosophical thinkers to political theory and practice.
- Understand the relationship between political theory and political action.
- Explore the following concepts and their relationship to political theory: freedom, equality, justice, democracy.
- Discuss the basis for idealogies such as liberalism, socialism, conservatism,nationalism and anarchy.
- Discuss contemporay idealogies such as feminism, multiculturism and others.
- Analyze and discuss key issues relating to the 21st century politics.