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Social and Political Theory

PHL 240W

Social and Political Theory

PHL 240W

Course Description

Examines past and present political and social systems from theoretical perspective. Entails comparison and evaluation of major ideologies and philosophies of the relationship of individuals to political and social institutions. Political systems such a socialism, communism, fascism, anarchism and liberalism explored. Credit may be earned in PHL 240 or POL 240 but not in both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Learn the philosophical significance of the main theories of political philosophy covered in the course.

Objectives:

  • State and explain the main arguments in favor of and opposed to the major theories of political philosophy studied.
  • Analyze issues of political philosophy, identify the premises and assumptions used to support the major theories studied.
  • Explain and clarify the basic philosophical assumptions supporting the main theories studied.
  • State and explain the main objections to the theories studied.

Master the terminology and vocabulary necessary to understand, read and question the literature appropriate to the theories covered in the class.

Objectives:

  • Define and correctly use the key terms appropriate to the topics of the class when discussing and analyzing the issues of the course.
  • Apply the terms to the readings to analyze the texts and the issues raised in them.
  • Offer crucial comments and questions addressed to the readings so as to demonstrate an in depth understanding of the text and the issues raised, orally and in writing.

Think and write critically about the political philosophies covered in the course.

Objectives:

  • Apply the appropriate concepts and strategies of critical thinking to the issues.
  • Formulate their own analyses of the issues of the course and construct arguments in favor of them.
  • Anticipate objections to their own arguments and respond to the objections with justifiable answers.