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NATURE OF POLITICS Political Science 790:101:01-13 Dr. Shippen Rutgers University, Fall 2011 Email: TTh 5:35-6:55, Hickman Hall 138 Office: Hickman Hall 508 Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-Noon (Please meet with your TA with any questions first.) Teaching Assistants Christina Doonan Sections: 9, 15, 21 Noah Eber-Schmid Sections: 2, 3, 22, H1 Amanda Marziliano Sections: 1, 4, 20 Danielle Pritchett Sections: 7, 10, 19 Stephanie Szitanyi Sections: 6, 8, 18 TA Sections meet on selected days, and ONLY on the dates indicated in the syllabus schedule below. Please mark your calendars accordingly. E-mail your TA to clear up any confusion. Course Description This course provides a general introduction to some of the major thinkers, themes, and concepts in the history of Western Political Thought in order to assess their continued relevance for addressing contemporary political issues and to introduce students to a set of critical tools that will enable them to extend their own understanding of politics beyond a more limited understanding of politics as government. Beginning with the ancients, we shall examine the early political concepts subsequently developed by later thinkers in the face of changing historical (political-economic) conditions. We begin with the ancients as they provide us with much insight into the workings of politics due to the small nature of the city-state and the necessity of being politically active required by all Greek citizens. The ancients were not, however, terribly concerned with the individual as divorced from the polis and had a tendency to privilege the whole over the parts of society. For this reason, the modern thinkers helps us transition from the ancients and the dominance of republican ideals to some of our own concerns framed largely by the liberal tradition. This is not to say that ancient political thought is somehow antiquated. As we shall see, many of their primary concerns continue to resonate with us. It is within these two traditions, republicanism and liberalism that we are able to more clearly understand the political spectrum that exists today. Course Requirements Attendance is required at all class meetings and sections and students are expected to have read the required readings prior to coming to class, and be prepared to contribute their insights to class discussion. A good deal of information not included in the assigned reading is presented through lecture so it is important not to miss any class. If you must miss class for a legitimate reason such as illness, death in the immediate family, religious observance, jury duty, or
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