POLITICAL THEORY   [Archived Catalog]
2020-2021 Greensburg Campus Catalog


Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course is designed to introduce students to the idea of normative political theory and to important authors and concepts in the western political theory tradition. Students will learn to understand both historical and contemporary debates surrounding important political concepts such as authority, justice, liberty, and democracy, and to appreciate the differences among normative, empirical, logical, and faith-based political claims. Students will learn to read critically and analytically, to make simple normative arguments, and to explain the specific role of normative arguments in political science and political life. Depending on the interests, area of expertise, and inclinations of the particular instructor, some of these may be emphasized more heavily than others.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: LG/SNC Elective Basis
Course Attributes: DSAS Phil. Think or Ethics General Ed. Requirement, Global Studies, SCI Polymathic Contexts: Ethical/Policy GE. Req., West European Studies

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