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PHIL 150 - Modern Political Philosophy

5 Credits
Where did the idea of liberty come from? What does it mean? Examines the development of the modern ideas of liberty and the liberal state including the work of Locke, Hobbes, Smith and the Federalist. Also examines some of its observers and critics, including de Tocqueville and Marx.


Designed to Serve Transfer students, students interested in the history of ideas, students interested in liberty, Political Science majors, Students needing Humanities distribution credit.
Active Date 2011-07-25

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions: AA Humanities Area I
Course Outline
1. Thomas Hobbes, selections from Leviathan. Hobbe’s theory of human nature, the role of the state, and a classic defense of the need for government to have extraordinary powers. 2. John Locke, selections from Second Treatise on Government. What is liberty? Where does it come from? Under what conditions may it be limited by oneself or others. Outlines of a representative form of government. Locke’s justifications for rebellion against a monarch. 3. Adam Smith, selections from The Wealth of Nations 4. Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution. 5. selections from the Federalist Papers 6. A. de Toqueville, selections fro democracy in America. 7. Karl Marx, selections from Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, German Ideology, Manifesto of the Communist Party

Student Learning Outcomes
Students demonstrate an ability to critically assess political concepts and lines of reasoning.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic lines of reasoning offered by the target texts.

Students will demonstrate an ability to construct lines of reasoning on issues relevant to political philosophy.

Students will develop skills for independent learning.

Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate their own thinking about the course material.

Students will demonstrate some understanding of the history of modern political ideas.

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