Political Science | Intro to Political Theory
Y105 | 20632 | Hanson
Y105 raises perennial questions of Western political
thought: What is politics, and what role does it play in the
fulfillment of human life? What is the relation between politics and
government, and is government necessary for the realization of
liberty, equality and justice? Which form of government best answers
human needs, and how can it be maintained and improved over time?
What obligations do citizens owe their government, and where do
those obligations end? Political philosophers such as Plato,
Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill
answered these questions differently, and we will explore those
differences using a combination of texts in political philosophy,
literature, and history. Students will then know whose political
philosophy is most compatible with their own, and why. They will
also appreciate why others may disagree, and on what grounds.