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Academic Year 2005/2006
The Moral Basis of Politics
GOVT 159 SP
An introduction to upper-division courses in political theory, the course considers the basic moral issues that hedge government and politics: Under what, if any, circumstances ought one to obey the laws and orders of
in power? Is there ever a duty to resist political authority? By what values and principles can we evaluate political arrangements? What are the meanings of terms like freedom, justice, equality, law, community,
and rights? How is our vision of the good society to be related to our strategies of political action? What is the role of organization, leadership, violence, etc., in bringing about social change? Readings will
political philosophy, plays, contemporary social criticism, and modern social science.
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- Major Readings
- The following list is tentative. Please check with instructor for final list.
Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"
Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE
Weber, "Politics as a Vocation"
Sartre, DIRTY HANDS
Fanon, WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
- Examinations and Assignments
- Four 2 page papers. Two 6-8 page papers. Final.
- Additional Requirements and/or Comments
- Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add must add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor
the professor will consider in
making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
- Instructor(s): Moon,J. Donald
- Times: .M.W... 08:30AM-09:50AM; Location: PAC104;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 20)
- SR. major: X Jr. major: X
- SR. non-major: X Jr. non-major: X SO: X FR: 20
- Curricular Renewal: Ethical Reasoning, Writing
- FYI: FYI Seminar
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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