Contemporary Political Theory|
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
How shall we get along? This course examines some important 20th and 21st century theories of politics. Major issues include the role of reason and emotion in grounding the basic principles of our political lives, the conceptual foundations of liberal and civic republican democracy, and critiques of liberalism from communitarian, critical theory, and postmodern perspectives. We will explore what political theory can be today. 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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Camus, THE REBEL
Arendt, THE HUMAN CONDITION
Beauvoir, THE SECOND SEX
Jouvenel, THE PURE THEORY OF POLITICS
Oakeshott, RATIONALISM IN POLITICS AND OTHER ESSAYS
Freud, CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Foucault, THE FOUCAULT READER
Rawls, JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS, A RESTATEMENT
MacIntyre, AFTER VIRTUE
|Examination and Assignments: |
One or two essays; midterm paper; class presentation and paper; final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some background in social or political theory -- from GOVT, SOC. HIST, PHIL, CSS, OR COL -- is helpful.
|Instructor(s): Chakravarti,Sonali Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 25||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 0|