In this course students are introduced to some of the great works in the canon of western political philosophy. On the basis of selections of the primary texts from Plato to Marx, supported by a modest amount of secondary literature, we survey some of the lasting justifications of political institutions in the western tradition, as well as important contributions to the analysis of political concepts such as legitimacy, freedom, and justice. During the seminars emphasis will be placed on conceptual analysis and the interpretation of texts, skills that will be of particular use to students interested in pursuing the major ‘Human Diversity’ and/or philosophy.
After successful completion of the course students are able to:
- Reproduce the main arguments of major political philosophers from Plato to Marx.
- Develop a capacity to critically read, analyse, and interpret difficult philosophical texts.
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Mode of instruction
- Participation: 15%
- Presentation: 15%
- Midterm paper: 30%
- Written examination with short essay questions: 40%
There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.
This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.