Political Science (POLI) 357
Political Philosophy: Hobbes to Human Rights (Revision 3)
Political Science 357: Political Philosophy: Hobbes to Human Rights introduces early modern and modern political philosophy. The course provides a solid grounding in the content of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, and Harriet Taylor Mill’s “Enfranchisement of Women.” Attention is also given to the political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels.
Part 1: Re-Ordering Political Philosophy: The Individual
- Unit 2: Hobbes on Human Nature
- Unit 3: Hobbes on Civil Society
- Unit 4: Locke: An Overview
- Unit 5: Locke's Politics
Part 2: Modern Political Philosophy
- Unit 6: Rousseau
- Unit 7: The Rights of Women: Wollstonecraft
- Unit 8: Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill
- Unit 9: Marx
- Unit 10: Human Rights
Conclusion: Re-visioning Continues
Your final grade in Political Science 357: Political Philosophy: Hobbes to Human Rights is based on the grades you achieve in the assignments. To receive credit for the course, you must achieve a course composite grade of “D” (50 percent) or better. Students are advised that some universities require a minimum grade to receive transfer credit for a course.
|Assignment 1: Participation||20%|
|Assignment 2: Comparative Essay||20%|
|Assignment 3: Research Presentation||25%|
|Assignment 4: Critical Synthesis||35%|
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All of the readings and study materials are provided online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
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Opened in Revision 3, February 8, 2018.
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