Political Science | Intro to Political Theory
Y105 | 9806 | Craiutu
The course offers an introduction to political theory by focusing on
representative selections from major works in political philosophy:
Thucydides’ The History of the Peloponesian War, Plato’s Apology,
Cicero’s On Duties, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Hobbes’s Leviathan,
Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, Rousseau’s Social Contract,
The Federalist Papers, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and Marx’s
Communist Manifesto. We shall also read two outstanding literary
works that contain valuable political ideas: Sophocles’s Antigone and
Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. There will be two exams (a mid-
term and a final) which will contain a number of short questions that
will draw on the assigned readings and ideas raised in class.
Students will also be required to write four short discussion papers.
These are short essay papers (approx. 4 pages long) on general themes
announced in the syllabus. Finally, there will be four quiz questions
that will be part of the grade for class participation.
Grades for this class will be comprised of the following: Exams:
50%; Discussion papers: 30%; Class participation: 20%