Modern Political Thought
Many political ideas which we take for granted were once new and controversial. This course reawakens the great debates which shaped our political herti- age. In particular, the era beginning with Machiavelli and ending with the French Revolution left a deep and last impression on how we perceive the political environment around us. This period is usually consid- ered the key period in the development of Western Political theory. We will examine war, empire, civic virtue, liberty, rights, contract theory, democracy, populism, realism, enlightenment, feminisim, and revolution, among other concepts. In addtion, we will ask if political scientists from previous centuries saw our discipline differently than we see it. Kant once observed that those who are ignorant of the past are slaves to it. Pols 160B is designed to liberate you!
Upper division standing or instructor consent
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