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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

POT 2002 - Introduction to Political Theory

Credit Hours: 3.0

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None

This course provides students the opportunity to explore the main threads of Western political philosophy, studying the work of thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, J.S. Mill, Nietzsche, and possibly more recent theorists. We will explore the great philosophical questions of politics such as: What is the nature of man, and thus, what form of political society is best suited to our nature? What is justice? What is liberty? What is the legitimate basis of governmental authority? What is the appropriate purpose and role of government? What goals and values should a society strive toward? Students will learn about political ideas and their importance, the historical development of ideas that are politically important in our times, and how these ideas are reflected in the contemporary politics and ideology. The course will help to inform students’ political thinking and will serve as a foundation for dealing with political ideas and issues that they will encounter in future courses and in life. The primary General Education learning outcome for this course is Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the skills necessary for analysis, synthesis, evaluation, decision making, critical and creative thinking and the creative process.

Parallel: College Transfer (A.A. and A.S)