Contemporary Political Theory

Contemporary Political Theory
History of political science, including the moral and ethical dimensions of politics.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPoli 201 or Poli 202 or Phil 201 or Phil 202.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining POLI 367
Course Outcomes

Political Philosophy

Students will have a factual and theoretical knowledge of contemporary normative political theory from the standpoint of the question of the relationship between theory and practice.

Faith and Political Analysis

Be able to articulate principles of faith in political analysis.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

See the practical consequences of abstract philosophical ideas, think more deeply and coherently about their own moral and political commitments

Political Philosophy

Students will attend to the deeper question of the nature and limits of theory (or “reason,” or “philosophy”) as it functions in the political-moral realm.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Possess a faculty and theoretical knowledge of countries, poilitical processes, political theories, and political thought.

Political Philosophy

Students will examine the risks both of a postmodern celebration of irrationalism and those inherent in the ongoing project of constructing a purely “rational” politics and morality.

Effective Research and Analysis

Use appropriate methods of analysis and research, including qualitative and quantitative methods, historical comparison, and textual interpretation to answer political questions.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Think critically, analytically, and synthetically.

Effective and Professional Writing

To learn to address significant, complex and challenging ideas in clear, correct, and strong English, based upon a careful engagement with textual sources