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PSC 241 - Introduction to Political Theory

(3 units) CO10
This course introduces major political philosophers (e.g., Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Marx, du Bois, and de Beauvoir), ideologies (e.g., nationalism, classical liberalism, republicanism, socialism, and feminism), and subjects of ongoing debate (e.g., justice, freedom, tyranny, racism, sexism, and democracy). Students will leave with an understanding of the history of political thought, the standards of philosophical argumentation, and the factors that inform complex moral judgments.

Maximum units a student may earn: 3

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. explain the cultural and historical origins of contemporary political ideologies.
2. state a thesis about a problem in political theory and provide evidence using philosophical argument in its defense.
3. articulate informed and original moral judgments about complex political phenomena.
4. show what is at stake in abstract debates in political theory and indicate how different positions in these debates have shaped politics, culture, and economics over time.
5. trace how diverse group identities and oppressions have informed contemporary debates in political theory and practice.


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