POLS 160A

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Classical Political Thought 

 

Description:

We cannot hope to change our political world if we do not understand its origins. This course reawakens the great debates which shaped our political heritage. This course has two different but complimentary goals in terms of its “scope.” First, it seeks to give students a taste of in-depth analysis of the most influential period in the history of political thought: Greece, and particu- larly Athens of the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. Second, this course is designed as a part of a three-semester sequence which surveys the growth of political thought in the West. This second purpose demands an introduc- tion to the non-Greek components of our political heri- tage; Hebrew, Christian, and Roman political thought. In addition, it is useful to form some contrasts with the political thought of other cultures, such as China.

Prerequisites:

Upper division standing or instructor consent

Units:

3

Grading:

Normal Grading Rules