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Deepa Bhandaru
POL S 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Political Theory

Philosophical bases of politics and political activity. Provides an introduction to the study of politics by the reading of a few books in political philosophy. Organized around several key political concepts, such as liberty, equality, justice, authority, rights, and citizenship. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course will focus on the question of justice, on what justice means for political life and why it is valuable. As we delve into the meaning of justice, we will consider how justice relates to other political values, such as freedom and equality. The writings of key canonical thinkers in political theory will guide our inquiry into justice. Over the course of the quarter, we will read the work of Plato, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Class assignments and grading

Students will write three 4-5 page essays that will analyze the themes of the course by closely engaging the readings.


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Last Update by Deepa Bhandaru
Date: 11/03/2013