Modern Political Philosophy: Authority, the Origin of Rights, and Civil Society

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Modern Political Philosophy

Fall 2020

Taught By: Karsten Struhl

Section: A

CRN: 8909

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to theories that have shaped thinking about power, authority, and justice in modern liberal societies. We examine the meanings and moral foundations of rights; the idea of a social contract; state sovereignty and individual autonomy; competing conceptions of human nature; the role of reason, nature, and natural law in politics; the concepts of justice, liberty, equality, and democracy; and the emerging tensions between the nation-state and the forces of globalization. Students critically analyze primary texts by Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, and selected contemporary theorists. The relevance of these thinkers and their theories to contemporary social and political issues is a theme throughout the course.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:56am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/8/2020