Contemporary Political Theory|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course examines a number of important 20th-century theories of politics. Major issues include the role of reason in grounding the basic values and principles of our moral and political lives, the moral and conceptual foundations of liberal and civic republican democracy, and critiques of liberalism from communitarian, critical theory, and postmodern perspectives. This course, together with GOVT337 and GOVT338, provides a survey of major Western political theories; at least two of these courses are recommended for students concentrating in political theory.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Nietzsche, GENEALOGY OF MORALS
Freud, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Marcuse, ONE-DIMENSIONAL MAN
Arendt, HUMAN CONDITION
Rawls, THEORY OF JUSTICE (parts), POLITICAL LIBERALISM
Sandel, DEMOCRACY'S DISCONTENT
Avineri & de-Shalit, eds., COMMUNITARIANISM & INDIVIDUALISM
Rabinow, ed. FOUCAULT READER
Rosen, HERMENEUTICS AS POLITICS
Nussbaum, "Human Functioning & Social Justice"
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One class presentation and short paper, midterm paper, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC. HIST, PHIL, CSS, OR COL --
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