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Minor Concentration Political Theory (18 credits)

Offered by: Political Science     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

This program offers a specialization in the subfield of political theory and allows students the opportunity to draw on closely-related courses in moral and political philosophy offered by the Department of Philosophy. Students who have completed the appropriate introductory work in the disciplines of classics, economics, history, or sociology may take specified courses in these disciplines toward the program requirements.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected as follows:

Category A

9 credits from Category A.

3 credits at the introductory level from:

  • PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to contemporary philosophy of politics by concentrating on a number of contested concepts, such as freedom, justice and equality, in contemporary political philosophy and practice.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Edwin Zoltan Filotas (Fall)

  • POLI 231 Introduction to Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The course introduces students to political theory through critical examination of classic texts in the history of political thought. In addition to gaining an understanding of several different traditions of political thought, students are encouraged to develop their skills in textual interpretation, critical reasoning, and essay-writing.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Jacob Levy (Fall)

    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 232 Modern Political Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The course introduces students to modern political thought through a critical examination of some of the key political ideologies and concepts of contemporary political discourse. Themes vary from year to year, and may include liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism, democracy, power, justice, and freedom.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Note: The field is Political Theory.

At least 6 credits selected from:

  • POLI 333 Western Political Theory 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The major themes and writers in the political theory of classical antiquity. The political ideas of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic philosophers will be explored through the significant texts of this period.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: William Roberts (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 231 or POLI 232 or PHIL 240 or at least two political science courses at the 300 level; or permission of the instructor
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 334 Western Political Theory 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Medieval and renaissance political philosophy, from Saint Augustine to Sir Thomas More. Scholastic and neo-scholastic political thought, natural law and natural rights, as well as civic and northern humanism, republicanism and liberty. Twentieth century work on similar concepts will be used.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jacob Levy (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 333 or written permission of the instructor. POLI 333 should be taken before this course
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 433 History of Political/Social Theory 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Early modern political philosophy, from Luther to Rousseau and Burke. Resistance theories of the 16th century, Hobbes and Locke, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Twentieth century work on concepts developed in this period such as rights, revolution, legitimacy, democracy, authority and liberty.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Catherine Lu (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POL1 231 or 232 or 333 or 334 or written permission
    • Note: The field is Political Theory
  • POLI 434 History of Political/Social Theory 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A consideration of selected writers and themes of late 19th and 20th century political theory. Writers include Hegel, Clausewitz, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Lenin, Rowis, Foucault, and Habermas. The rise of industrial society, scientism, the romantic revolt, revolutionary movements, socialism and liberal-democracy.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: William Roberts (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POL1 433
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.

Category B

Revision, August 2014. Start of revision.

9 credits from Category B.

Note: A course can only be used once in the program; a course used toward Category A may not also be used toward Category B.

  • CLAS 416 Advanced Latin: Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : The reading of selected texts in Roman Philosophy Prose in the original Latin.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: 9 credits of Intermediate Latin or permission of instructor
  • CLAS 426 Advanced Greek: Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : The reading of selected texts in Greek Philosophy Prose in the original Ancient Greek.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Martin Sirois (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 9 credits of Intermediate Ancient Greek or permission of instructor
  • ECON 334 History of Economic Doctrines (3 credits)

    Offered by: Economics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Economics (Arts) : The course surveys the development of economics, how the discipline and the thinking of economists evolved, and the significance of some of the analytical tools used.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: William Watson (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: ECON 208 and ECON 209 or those listed under Prerequisites above
  • HIST 320 European Thought and Culture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The cultural and intellectual history of Europe from the late Middle Ages to the to the 18th century traces the origins of the modern sense of self in popular culture and in the texts of Erasmus, Luther, Calvin, Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire and Rousseau.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 214 or HIST 215
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 101-320D
  • HIST 321 European Thought and Culture 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A cultural and intellectual history of Europe from the French Revolution to the present which traces the origins of the modern sense of self in popular culture and in the texts of Goethe, Comte, Marx and Engels, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: HIST 320 or consent of the instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 101-320D
  • PHIL 334 Ethical Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A course focusing on central questions in ethical theory such as the nature of the good and the right and the factors which determine moral rightness and wrongness.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sarah Stroud (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one of PHIL 230, PHIL 237, PHIL 242, PHIL 343, or written permission of the instructor
  • PHIL 344 Medieval and Renaissance Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A study of Medieval and Renaissance political theory.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jacob Levy (Winter)

  • PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the ethical and political theories of ancient Greece, especially those of Plato and Aristotle.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Marguerite Deslauriers (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 333
  • PHIL 348 Philosophy of Law 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of the nature of justice and law, and of the relationship between them.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Natalie Stoljar (Fall)

    • Restriction: This course is intended for students with a non-professional interest in law, as well as for those considering law as a profession
  • PHIL 442 Topics in Feminist Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Advanced discussion of topical and central themes in feminist theory.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Antoine Panaioti (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 242 and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 444 Early Modern Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of political and moral theory from the Reformation to the French Revolution including Luther, Montaigne, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Smith.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one course in political philosophy
  • PHIL 445 19th Century Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of various strands of political theory since Rousseau, concentrating on such themes as the understanding of modernity and theories of liberal society.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: at least one course in political philosophy
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 434
  • PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central themes of ancient moral theory as treated by two or more contrasting philosophers or philosophical traditions - probably including Plato and/or Aristotle, and possibly some Hellenistic or post-Hellenistic schools.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • POLI 333 Western Political Theory 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The major themes and writers in the political theory of classical antiquity. The political ideas of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic philosophers will be explored through the significant texts of this period.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: William Roberts (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 231 or POLI 232 or PHIL 240 or at least two political science courses at the 300 level; or permission of the instructor
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 334 Western Political Theory 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Medieval and renaissance political philosophy, from Saint Augustine to Sir Thomas More. Scholastic and neo-scholastic political thought, natural law and natural rights, as well as civic and northern humanism, republicanism and liberty. Twentieth century work on similar concepts will be used.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jacob Levy (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 333 or written permission of the instructor. POLI 333 should be taken before this course
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 362 Political Theory and International Relations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Key contributions of political theory to the study and practice of international relations. Three prevailing theoretical traditions will be examined: realism, 'international society', and cosmopolitanism. Key practical issues to be explored from these perspectives include war, humanitarian intervention, economic globalization, environment, and gender.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Catherine Lu (Winter)

    • Prerequisites: A 200 or 300-level course in political theory, and POLI 243 or POLI 244
    • Note: The fields are International Politics and Political Theory.
  • POLI 363 Contemporary Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course explores fundamental currents of thought in political philosophy. Topics will vary from year to year, and may include issues such as classical liberalism and its opponents, the foundations of socialism and Marxism, rational choice theory and its critics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A 200 or 300 level course in political theory
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 364 Radical Political Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Radical themes in contemporary political thought and action.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Yves Winter (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A 200- or 300-level course in political theory
  • POLI 365 Democratic Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A series of lectures and seminars on democratic theory.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Arash Abizadeh (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Prerequisite: A 200- or 300-level course in political theory
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 366 Topics in Political Theory 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A specific problem area in Political Theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: A 200- or 300-level course in political theory
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 367 Liberal Political Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The development of liberal political thought and theories of justice, including a selection of authors from: Locke, Montesquieu, Smith, Constant, Kant, Mill, Tocqueville, Berlin, Hayek, Rawls, Nozick, Walzer, and Kymlicka, as well as some of their critics.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Catherine Lu (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 231, 232 or POLI 333
  • POLI 433 History of Political/Social Theory 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Early modern political philosophy, from Luther to Rousseau and Burke. Resistance theories of the 16th century, Hobbes and Locke, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Twentieth century work on concepts developed in this period such as rights, revolution, legitimacy, democracy, authority and liberty.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Catherine Lu (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POL1 231 or 232 or 333 or 334 or written permission
    • Note: The field is Political Theory
  • POLI 434 History of Political/Social Theory 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : A consideration of selected writers and themes of late 19th and 20th century political theory. Writers include Hegel, Clausewitz, Marx, Mill, Nietzsche, Lenin, Rowis, Foucault, and Habermas. The rise of industrial society, scientism, the romantic revolt, revolutionary movements, socialism and liberal-democracy.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: William Roberts (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: POL1 433
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 459 Topics in Political Theory 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : This course will deal with a specific problem area in Political theory.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: William Roberts (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A 300- or 400-level course in political theory
    • Note: The field is Political Theory.
  • POLI 470 Philosophy, Economy and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : The application of normative political theory and the history of political thought to state-society and state-market relations and governance. The justice and ethics of economic policies and modes of production; social-theoretic and economic examinations of the state and the state system from social theory and economic theory.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • SOCI 330 Sociological Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Major sociological theoretical traditions are seen in their historical contexts, as the background to current theoretical issues. Emphasis on Smith, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Parsons.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: John Anthony Hall (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 210 or permission of instructor
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