Introduction to Political Theory

POL 3003 3 Quarter Hours
Course Level CPS - Undergraduate Quarter
Description Discusses the development of the political ideas of the Western world, including the ideas of the major philosophers of Greece (where thinking and writing about how the state can be organized began 2,500 years ago), Rome, the Christian Era, and the Renaissance. Examines the major ancient and medieval political theorists—including Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, as well as Machiavelli, an early modern theorist—in the context of the societies in which they lived. Considers the relevance of their writings to the present day, particularly in terms of such themes as the idea of community, the nature of justice, the relationship of politics and ethics, the role of religion and the church, and the emergence of statecraft and realpolitik.


Students should refer to the CPS Prerequisite Table for course prerequisite and corequisite information.


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There are no current sections scheduled for this course. Undergraduate course numbers changed beginning with the Fall 2016 term. Please make sure you are using the current course number.
Next Term Starts
  • Summer Graduate
    Jul 10, 2017 (4-, 6-, and 8-week classes)
    Aug 7, 2017 (4-week classes)
  • Fall Undergraduate
    Sep 4, 2017 (7.5- and 15-week classes)
    Oct 25, 2017 (7.5-week classes)
  • Fall Graduate
    Sep 18, 2017 (6- and 12-week classes)
    Oct 30, 2017 (6-week classes)

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