[POLS 285] Modern Political Theory

An examination of the revolutionary challenge to classical and medieval political philosophy posed by such writers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, and Nietzsche. Broad themes include: the question of human nature, the possibilities and limitations of social contract theory, the concept of property and its implications, the nature of rights and duties, as well as the meaning of human freedom and equality.

Course Title

Modern Political Theory

Course Code

POLS 285




Prerequisite: Political Science 180 or sophomore standing.


Offered each spring.


Also listed as Philosophy 285.
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