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POLS 041 – Intro to Political Theory

Credits: 3.00

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

Section Description: Political philosophy is systematic thinking about the purposes of government, not just a description of its functions and institutions. It is an investigation into the nature of justice and what sort of government can best achieve it. The questions which have engaged Western political philosophers for the past 2,000 years have been remarkably constant, though their answers have differed dramatically due to their differing conceptions of human nature and the purpose of human communities. This course presents you with the opportunity to enter into a conversation with great, representative thinkers of the Western tradition about questions of deep and enduring significance.

CRN: 14775

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 117/117

Days Time Location
TR 11:40 - 12:55 LAFAYETTE HALL L207

Instructor(s): Jan Lynn Feldman

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020