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Course Description

A renaissance painting in a gold frame

A study of the philosophic and ideological developments which have led to the emergence of the modern state and contemporary politics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Apply political theory as a distinctive approach to the study of politics that can complement all other subfields in the discipline of political science by focusing on the normative aspects of politics
  • Analyze politics through exposure to normative principles and values that inform current political debates and policy options
  • Analyze complex arguments and learn to differentiate substantive thought from rhetoric
  • Construct arguments that are coherent, effective, and insightful
  • Apply critical thinking in the study of politics by distinguishing what ought to be (prescriptive) from what is (descriptive)

Course Topics

  • Political theory
  • Political authority
  • Democracy and political equality
  • Liberty and rights
  • Justice
  • Feminism and multiculturalism
  • Nations, states, and global justice
  • Alternatives to liberalism (western and non-western)

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): PHIL*2280


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (Unit-Based) 15%
Participation (4 Discussions; 5% each) 20%
Midterm Assignment 25%
On-Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


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