Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 208
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- PHL 208
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- Political Philosophy
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Course DescriptionIntroduction to and analysis of political theories and concepts through study of the works of major figures in the history of political philosophy from Plato to the present. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students completing this course should be able to:
? Recognize and reflect on philosophical assumptions about political issues that are embedded in ones own ideas about politics in order
to evaluate political ideas that permeate our culture.
? Identify and explain the contributions of major figures in political philosophy to contemporary political discussions and to contemporary political
institutions in order to define ones responsibility within a political community.
? Recognize and reflect on the historical interconnectedness of political philosophers ideas in order to respectfully communicate with others
whose political opinions might differ from ones own.
? Critically read and think about contemporary and classic political debates in order to analyze political arguments and discussions.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Essays in the form of in-class exams, short papers, and term papers
- Short-answer exams
- Student presentations
- Class and small group discussions
- Service Learning projects
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Philosophical perspectives on politics
- The contributions of significant philosophers (including but not limited to some of the following: Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Augustine, Hobbes, Locke, J. S. Mill, Thomas Jefferson, Marx, Engels, Lenin)
- The philosophy of some of the following: the polis, the cosmopolis, utilitarian liberalism, contract theory, natural rights, civil rights, justice, individualism
- Comprehend philosophical writings
- Paraphrase. illustrate, and explain ideas contained in philosophical writings
- Critique and challenge ideas within the scope of political philosophy
- Write philosophically coherent arguments