Political Science | Introduction to Political Theory
Y105 | 10520 | Craiutu


The course offers an introduction to political theory by focusing on
representative selections from major works in political philosophy:
Thucydides’s History of the Peloponesian War, Plato’s dialogues,
Aristotle’s Politics, Cicero’s On Duties, Machiavelli’s The Prince,
Hobbes’s Leviathan, Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, Rousseau’s
Discourse on Inequality and Social Contract, Tocqueville’s Democracy
in America, and Marx’s Communist Manifesto. The goal of the course is
to offer a broad framework for discussing topics that are central to
politics and public life: political power, constitutionalism, the role
of laws, civic virtue, religion and politics, democracy, justice,
freedom, and equality. Special attention will be paid to exploring the
context in which our authors wrote their works, the main concepts they
used, and the implications of their ideas for contemporary debates.