The Moral Basis of Politics|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
An introduction to upper-level courses in political theory, the course considers the basic moral issues that hedge government and politics: Under what, if any, circumstances ought one to obey the laws and orders of those in power? Is there ever a duty to resist political authority? By what values and principles can we evaluate political arrangements? What are the meanings of terms like freedom, justice, equality, law, community, interests, and rights? How is our vision of the good society to be related to our strategies of political action? What are the roles of organization, leadership, compromise, and violence in bringing about social change? Readings will include political philosophy, plays, contemporary social criticism, and modern social science.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT-Theory)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"
Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"
Wolff, IN DEFENSE OF ANARCHISM
Dahl, ON DEMOCRACY
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE
Weber, "Politics As A Vocation"
Arendt, EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM
Fanon, WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
Bondurant, CONQUEST OF VIOLENCE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Several essays, quiz, midterm paper, final exam. Showing of two films.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add must add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor the professor will consider in making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
|Instructor(s): Schwartz,Nancy L. Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: PAC104; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 9||FR: 10|