Political Science | Introduction to Political Theory
Y105 | 10646 | Fumurescu


	This course uses representative selections from major works
in political philosophy in order to address some of the fundamental
questions about political life.  What is the proper role of politics
in everyday life? What is justice? What is representation? Where all
these concepts come from and how did they change over time? Which
form of government is best, and why? What are the challenges faced
nowadays by a liberal democracy? Authors as Plato, Aristotle,
Machiavelli, Hobbes, Mill, Arendt, etc, will be used as support for
pondering possible answers.
	GOALS: The goal of the course is to offer a broad framework
for discussing – in an intellectually stimulating environment –
topics that, although central to politics and public life, are often
taken for granted if not ignored altogether.  After completing this
course, you will be gained 1) a special awareness about how everyday
concepts – such as ‘democracy’, ‘rights’, ‘liberty’, ‘civic  virtue’
and the like – have emerged and changed their meaning over time and
2) improved skills in thinking about today’s political challenges
with clarity and precision.