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Citizens and Existentialism

GOVT 350
Spring 2014
Section: 01  
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Citizenship affirms shared meanings. Existentialism highlights the absurdity of the world. Can these two attitudes co-exist? Social theory in France built a civic republican politics, while also seeking to replace old meanings. Civic republicans affirm liberty, citizen equality, and civic virtue; existentialists rediscover fraternity, sorority, and human decency. Can France's experience be applied generally? We will explore how, when central meanings begin to break down, individuals create community. Which institutions help and hinder the project of citizenship? We will read some, not all, of the following theorists.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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