PS101_fall02.pdf - Political Science 101 Introduction to Political Theory F AL L S EMES TER 2002

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PS101_fall02.doc Political Science 101: Introduction to Political Theory F A L L S E M E S T E R 2 0 0 2 MW, 11 a.m.– noon Angell Hall, auditorium A Instructor: Office Hours: Professor Mika LaVaque-Manty Mondays, 1:30–2:30 611 Church St., rm. 358 Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 615-9142 and by appointment [email protected] GSIs : Ryan Hudson ([email protected]) (AA) Byoung-Yong Lee ([email protected]) Ellora Puri ([email protected]) Jeremy Shine ([email protected]) Aleksandra Thurman ([email protected]) OVERVIEW This course is a chronological introduction to a selection of major — and some minor — works in Western political theory. Some of the central themes that the course will cover are justice ,’‘ human nature ’ and political action. What is justice, and injustice? What are people like, what do they want and what may they hope for? Do we all want the same from our lives? How may and how should different political ideals be pursued? We will survey answers offered by many different kinds of thinkers, writing under a variety circumstances. Finally, we will pay attention to what our theorists themselves are up to: how they argue for their views, whom they are addressing, and how they can be interpreted. A common question students taking this course ask is, “What do the texts and issues for this course have to do with our politics?” Here’s a possible answer: It is up to you to decide whether they indeed have. Your answer, at the end of the day, may reasonably be “no.” But before you jump to that conclusion, you should note that many people — many generations, in fact — have taken these texts to deal with the most important political questions there are. Along with the “canonical” texts, we will also read short supplementary pieces that should help you think about the connections. IMPORTANT DATES September 18: First short paper due October 14: Fall study break; no class October 16: Midterm exam November 25: Paper due November 27: Thanksgiving recess; no class December 11: Last class. December 18: Final exam at 10:30 a.m. Read this syllabus carefully. You are responsible for the information it contains. If you have any questions, direct them to Professor LaVaque- Manty either in class, via phone or e- mail, or during office hours. If you lose this syllabus, ask for a replacement copy or visit the course website. Any changes made to this syllabus will be posted on the course website.
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Prof. LaVaque-Manty — 2 POLSCI 101, Fall 2002 LEARNING OBJECTIVES The objectives for student learning in this course can be roughly categorized into two main categories: knowledge and skills. However, since the skills are cognitive (have to do with your ability to process knowledge), they can only be met if the knowledge goals have been met.
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