The Moral Basis of Politics|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
An introduction to upper-level courses in political theory, the course considers the basic moral issues that hedge government and politics: Under what, if any, circumstances ought one to obey the laws and orders of those in power? Is there ever a duty to resist political authority? By what values and principles can we evaluate political arrangements? What are the meanings of terms like freedom, justice, equality, law, community, interests, and rights? How is our vision of the good society to be related to our strategies of political action? What are the roles of organization, leadership, compromise, and violence in bringing about social change? Readings will include political philosophy, plays, contemporary social criticism, and modern social science.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(CIR)(CSCT)(EDST-MN)(GOVT-Theory)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Plato, FIVE DIALOGUES, 2nd ed., (Hackett, 2002) ISBN: 978-0872206335
Jean Jacques Rousseau, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT AND OTHER LATER POLITICAL WRITINGS, (Cambridge, 1997) ISBN: 978-0521424462
John Locke, TWO TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT, 3rd ed., (Cambridge, 1988) ISBN: 978-0521357302
John Stuart Mill, ON LIBERTY AND OTHER WRITINGS, (Cambridge, 1989) ISBN: 978-0521379175
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, (International Publishers Co, 2014) ISBN: 978-0717802418
Frantz Fanon, THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH, (Grove, 2005) ISBN: 978-0802141323
John Shand, ARGUING WELL, (Routledge, 2000) ISBN: 978-0415166867
Other works to be announced.
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 essays, 1 midterm exam, 1 final exam
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add must add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor the professor will consider in making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
|Instructor(s): Krupicka,Benjamin Thomas Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: SCIE141; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 0||FR: 19|