Political Science (POLI) 357

Political Philosophy: Hobbes to Human Rights (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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POLI 357 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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.

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Participation 20%
Assignment 2: Comparative Essay 20%
Assignment 3: Research Presentation 25%
Assignment 4: Critical Synthesis 35%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

All of the readings and study materials are provided online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POLI 357 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

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Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, February 8, 2018.

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