West European Studies | Special Topics in West European Studies
W406 | 22393 | --
Topic: History of Political Theory I 3 cr.
11:15 am-12:30 pm TR
Above section carries Culture Studies credit.
Obtain on-line auth for above section from department.
Above section meets with POLS-Y 381.
The course offers a close examination of some of the most important
works and themes in classical , Biblical, and medieval political
thought . We will read Thucydides’ History of the Peloponesian
War ; Plato’s Apology and Republic; Aristotle’s Politics ; excerpts
from other Greek plays, poems, and writings; considerable portions of
the Hebrew and Christian Bibles; portions of the writings of St.
Augustine; and materials on the development of medieval Europe. The
emphasis will be upon the development of the Greek and Judaeo-
Christian strains in Western political thought and the relationships
The course will consider such fundamental issues as morality and
political power, the role of laws and constitutions, civic virtue,
democracy, justice, freedom, and equality. Special attention will be
paid to examining the context in which these authors wrote their
works, the main concepts they used, and the implications of their
ideas for our contemporary debates. Students can expect to do a good
bit of writing on problems posed by the texts.