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1 Proposal: number 30

30. PSCI 105: Introduction to Political Thought

Contact:Joe Rollins
Abstract:Introduction to Political Thought is designed to provide students with a broad
introduction to the theoretical literature that grounds not only the discipline
of Political Science but which also informs social structures, institutions,
and processes found throughout Western culture. Because the course is
philosophical, it begins with a contemplation of some of the most fundamental
questions posed throughout human history: What does it mean to be human? What
are justice, equality, fairness, freedom? What form of government is best?
These questions are approached through close readings of original texts and the
format for class sessions involves “active learning,” i.e., engaging the texts
as a group and discussing the concepts contained therein. Because the course
selectively surveys the philosophical canon of Western culture, it introduces
students to not only the ancients (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Socrates), it also
connects their ideas to the works of later European thinkers (Rousseau, Marx),
feminists (deBeauvoir), civil rights advocates (Martin Luther King, Jr.), and
postmodern critical theorists. Social contract theorists whose ideas
inform our understanding of the state, such as those articulated by Locke and
Hobbes,are analyzed alongside the work of theorists who now shape our
conception of
the political subject, such as Foucault, Brown and Butler. The course also
expands beyond the Western cannon by introducing students to the political
philosophies of thinkers such as Gandhi, Said, and Fanon.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
PSCI 105 2008-05-15 CV Submitted Dept
PSCI 105 2008-05-15 ET Submitted Dept
PSCI 105 2008-09-16 CV Approved GEAC
PSCI 105 2008-09-16 ET Approved GEAC
PSCI 105 2008-10-02 CV Approved UCC
PSCI 105 2008-10-02 ET Approved UCC
PSCI 105 2008-11-13 CV Approved Senate
PSCI 105 2008-11-13 ET Approved Senate