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Jason F Lambacher
POL S 401
Seattle Campus

Advanced Seminar in Political Theory

Topics can include, but are not limited to, analytical theory pertaining to justice, exploitation, and freedom; revolution and social changes; collective choice and action; sexuality and politics; critical theory; Marxist theory; post-structuralism. Content varies. Recommended: POL S 201.

Class description

This course surveys the intersection of environmental ideas and political theory. Political theory is a normative enterprise that evokes reflection on ideas central to political life. Environmental political thought calls for a similar kind of reflection but includes environmental themes in its imagination. This class critically investigate concepts such as nature, individualism, society, justice, consumption, wilderness, bioregionalism, phenomenology, sacrifice, and utopianism from political and environmental points of view. An examination of why different “schools” of political thought interpret environmental problems from their own unique, often richly historical, perspectives helps to accomplish this task. Further, environmental political theory is not equivalent to “environmental politics” or “environmental policy,” though many of the ideas encountered in course texts animate the motivations of activists and politicians and support certain principles of legislation. Environmental political thought is concerned, above all, with meaning and is particularly attuned to perennial controversies about "the good life" and the significance of living in a world that is alive.

Student learning goals

Critical engagement with environmental texts, open discussion, and committed writing.

General method of instruction

Seminar discussion and short lectures.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Papers and exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jason F Lambacher
Date: 02/14/2014