PO 220 History of Political Philosophy
SP 2007 HO
M, 10-11; T, 11:30-1:30; R 11:30-1:30; F, 10-11or by appointment.
January 16 - May 4
12:25 - 1:40 PM
Curtis, Great Political Theories Volumes 1 and 2
Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
90-100=A Class participation 20%
80- 89=B Term paper 20%
70- 79=C Each Exam 20%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
: for each day any of the above assignments is late, 10% will be subtracted from the grade for that part of the paper.
No work will be accepted after the last class except for the final exam.
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1. Attend classes regularly. Each absence will lower your cumulative grade for the course by 2%. There are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness attested to by a Doctor, or a family death. You may regain one point for your cumulative grade by handing in a typed summary of the reading for each day you miss. These summaries are due one week after the class is missed. They will not be accepted for credit after that time. If you are missing a lot of classes due to health, consider dropping the course or taking an incomplete for the course.
2. Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they were absent.
3. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assignment and are prepared to discuss it in class. This course is a combination of lecture and discussion and you are expected to take part in the discussions. 20% of your final grade will be determined by your in-class participation.
4. There will be three examinations, including the final. Examinations will be take-home, long essay types. Exams may be comprehensive.
5. A term paper is required for this course. Details will be given on a separate handout.
6. No late or early examinations will be given or accepted except in extreme cases such as family deaths or illness. Missing an exam, except in those extreme cases, will result in an “F” for the course.
7. Late assignments will have their grade lowered one letter for each day or part of a day they are late. Assignments are due at the start of the class on the due date.
8. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an “F” for the course and a recommendation to the Provost that you be dismissed from the university.
9. Seniors in their last semester need not take the final exam if they have an “A” going into the final exam.
10. If you have any questions or problems come and see me, call me, or email me.
11. Any student with special needs or who has a disability in the classroom environment should come and see me immediately after the first class.
11. Portable phones and pagers must be turned off in class, except for security or emergency medical personnel.
12. No work will be accepted after the last class except for the final exam.
13. Course grades will be determined on the following bases:
90-100=A Class participation 20%
13. I will respond to emails during office hours.
14. No assignments or exams will be accepted via email.
19 Intro to course
22 What is political philosophy?
Curtis, Vol. 1, preface and introduction
26 Creating and evaluating theories
29 The Greeks: Socrates and Plato
2 Plato and Aristotle
5 Christianity: Augustine and Aquinas
12 Early pragmatism: Machiavelli
16 The Reformation and Resistance: Luther and Brutus
26 Who should rule? Hobbes
2 Hobbes continued
Detailed Outline Due
FIRST EXAM DUE IN CLASS
9 Limiting government: Locke
23 Functional divisions of government: Montesquieu
26 Forcing people to be free: Rousseau
Curtis Vol. II, pp. 18-34
2 Rational economic man: Adam Smith
9 Classical conservatism: Burke
SECOND EXAM HANDED OUT
INITIAL PAPER DUE
13 Individual liberty: Mill
Federalist #10 (handout) Federalist #51 (handout)
SECOND EXAM DUE IN CLASS
20 The Dialectic: Hegel
27 Social Darwinism
Klymlicka handout, Janet Richards handout
CORRECTED COPY DUE IF NEEDED
FINAL EXAM HANDED OUT
7 FINAL EXAM DUE 1:00
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This assignment will give you an opportunity to think about political philosophy and to develop an outline of a personal political philosophy. There are no right or wrong answers to the following questions; but there are answers that are better or worse depending upon on how well you present your ideas. Your grade will be determined largely upon how well and completely you make your arguments. The organization of your thoughts becomes very important in such a paper. Therefore, be sure to clearly define your terms and have your paper follow a logical progression.
STYLE: see Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual
To complete this assignment, you must hand in three separate reports, each of which must be typewritten, double-spaced. All previous reports should be handed in each time. No emailed assignments will be accepted.
MARCH 2 Detailed Outline (30% of your overall grade)
APRIL 9 Initial Paper (50%- 70% of the overall paper grade)
APRIL 30 Corrected Copy (if necessary) (20% of the overall paper
NOTE: for each day any of the above assignments is late, 10% will be subtracted from the grade for that part of the paper.
CONTENT OF THE PAPER:
Answer each of the following questions in your paper:
1. What is the nature of humankind?
A) Moral or immoral?
B) Just or unjust?
C) Self-centered or altruistic?
D) Social or individualistic?
E) Competitive or cooperative?
F) Static or dynamic?
G) Passive or aggressive?
H) Can humankind be enlightened or is it doomed to ignorance?
I) Are some people better than others?
2. What made you reach each of the above conclusions?
3. Is every member of the human race equal in terms of these attributes?
4. Given what you have said about the state of human nature, answer the following questions regarding government:
A) Can we govern ourselves?
B) Who should rule?
C) Should there be elections? If not, what method should we use to choose rulers?
D) What aspects of our life should be controlled by government?
E) What freedoms should we have?
Be sure your paper includes and introductory paragraph and a summary paragraph.
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