POLS 4406 – POLITICAL THEORY – Section W1


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.

Pre-requisite –

  • 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
978-1-107-65141-8

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Understand the difference between politics and political theory and the interelationships between the two.
  2. Understand the importance and relationship of philosophical thinkers to political theory and practice.
  3. Understand the relationship between political theory and political action.
  4. Explore the following concepts and their relationship to political theory: freedom, equality, justice, democracy.
  5. Discuss the basis for idealogies such as liberalism, socialism, conservatism,nationalism and anarchy.
  6. Discuss contemporay idealogies such as feminism, multiculturism and others.
  7. Analyze and discuss key issues relating to the 21st century politics.

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