POL S 308
Origin and evolution of major political concepts from ancient Greece to the medieval period, from Thales through Aquinas.
Why do people go to war? Does morality apply to international relations? Are citizens entitled to disobey the law? Is democracy the best form, of government? What defines a just state? These questions absorbed the attention of a number of brilliant thinkers in 5th and 4th Century B.C. Athens. Their search for answers left behind works of unmatched insight and permanent relevance. In this course we will try to understand and evaluate their contributions.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts. Thucydides, Peloponnesian War; Sophocles, Antigone; Plato, Apology, Crito, Republic; Aristotle, Politics.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments. Two 8-10 page papers.
Grading: Papers: 80 %; Class/quiz participation: 20 %.