Political Science | Foundations of American Political Thought
Y383 | 15791 | Westler


This course traces the development of political thought in America
from the days of the first colonies through the ratification of the
Bill of Rights.  The course will begin by examining the political and
historical contexts of the various colonial regions in America as well
as their origins in the political theories of England.  This
preliminary analysis will allow us to better understand the
development of the founding documents of America, such as the
Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the
Constitution.  As we move through the course we will consider what the
best form of government is, what the benefits and deficiencies of
popular government are, and what actions might improve popular
government.  By the end of the semester, we will have an understanding
of where the Constitution and the Bill of Rights come from as well the
main arguments for and against them.

The final grade for this course will primarily be based on exams.