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[POLS 180] Introduction to Political Thinking

Introduction to political philosophy through consideration of the enduring question: What is justice? Investigates responses offered by ancient thinkers and those of the early modern period in order to examine the historical development of political theory in the Western tradition. Additional topics of inquiry include: the possibilities and limits of power, freedom, property, and the good society; the relationship between religion and politics; as well as the philosophic presuppositions about human nature and social responsibility that underlie the ancient and modern perspectives. Emphasis on close readings of philosophical texts, critical analysis, and class discussion.

Course Title

Introduction to Political Thinking

Course Code

POLS 180



Fulfills Domain/Capstone Requirements



Offered usually every year. Open to first-year and second-year students only.

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