Political Science | Intro to Political Theory
Y105 | 12594 | 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.