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Political Science: Intro to Political Theory

POLS 041 OL1 (CRN: 60037)

3 Credit Hours

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Examination of basic problems in political philosophy, e.g. morality and law; punishment; freedom; equality; obligation and disobedience.


Patrick Neal ()


Dates: May 19 - June 13, 2014;


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This course is designed to introduce you to some important issues in the field of political theory, and to encourage and stimulate you to think seriously about them. The course presupposes no prior knowledge of political theory. The only "prerequisites" are an interest in the philosophical questions that lie at the heart of political life, and a willingness to read and think seriously about them. This semester, we will address questions like these: Can the state enforce morality? If not, why not? If so, how is that morality to be determined? What are the limits of individual liberty? What duties do we owe to the political community? Is it ever legitimate to disobey the law? When? The means of addressing these questions will be the close and critical examination of various texts by both contemporary and classical writers.


2-3 short essays, frequent participation on discussion board.


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