An investigation of modern political philosophy and ideas. Critical consideration is given to modern political thinkers, origins, developments, and present significance. Topics include: Utilitarianism, Liberal Equality, Libertarianism, Marxism, Communitarianism, Citizenship Theory, Multiculturalism, and Feminism.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- POL 150: American Government (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify the major themes and topics of modern political thought.
- Assess Rousseau's theory of inequality.
- Assess Rousseau's concept of the state of nature.
- Assess Rousseau's social contract theory.
- Assess Marx's theory of alienation.
- Apply Marx's theory of alienation to a specific scenario.
- Analyze and assess Marx's science of historical materialism.
- Explain the role of the labor theory of value in Marx's theory of capitalism.
- Apply Marx's theory of exploitation to a specific scenario.
- Explain the development of nationalism and its impact on modern political thought.
- Analyze Anderson’s account of nationalism and apply it to present political conditions.
- Analyze and assess Taylor's theory of modern social imaginaries.
- Explain the importance of popular sovereignty in modern political thought.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Rousseau Essay (Week 3)
Marx Essay (Week 6)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)
- Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Penguin Randon House LLC, 2006. ISBN-10: 1-84467-086-4 or ISBN-13: 978-1-84467-086-4
- Marx, Karl / Simon, Lawrence H. (Ed.). elected Writings: Karl Marx. Hackett Publishing Co., 1994. ISBN-10: 0-87220-218-6 or ISBN-13: 978-0-87220-218-4
- Rousseau, Jean-Jacques / Scott, John T. (Ed.). Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. University of Chicago Press, 2014. ISBN-10: 0-226-15131-X or ISBN-13: 978-0-226-15131-1
- Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries. Duke University Press, 2004. ISBN-10: 0-8223-3293-0 or ISBN-13: 978-0-8223-3293-0
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topics: Introduction, Rousseau
Topic: Rousseau's Social Contract Theory
Topic: Introduction to Marx and Marxism
Topic: Ideology and History in the Thought of Karl Marx
Topics: Nationalism and Imagined Community
Topic: Modern Social Imaginaries (or: a Plural Modernity?)
Topics: Popular Sovereignty and Beyond
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