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PSCI 0011 Western Political Thought

This course explores central themes in the history of western political thought, from Plato to Rousseau.  It focuses on the major works by key thinkers. This allows key themes (such as justice, the nature of the state, citizenship, and the role of religion) to be explored across the long-term development of western political thought.

Sample topics:

Plato, The Republic

Aristotle, Politics

Augustine, City of God

Aquinas, Summa Theologiae

Machiavelli, The Discourses

Hobbes, Leviathan

Locke, Two Treatises of Civil Government

Rousseau, The Social Contract

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