PL 225 - Social and Political Philosophy
(3 cr.) Students explore the way theories, concepts and ideas are embodied and contested in social and political life. The course provides comprehensive treatment of thinkers, issues and debates that have been of central importance in the evolution and progress of modern and contemporary societies. Students discuss meaningful approaches and differing conceptions of fundamental concepts such as authority, justice, equality, liberty and democracy, connecting them to contemporary issues of liberalism, nationalism, civil rights and others. Several authors and thinkers, ranging from ancient times to the most current, whose thought on these questions has been seminal, invigorate the discussion: Plato, Al Farabi, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Hobbes, Martin Luther King and Michel Foucault. Prerequisite: PL 101 or QU 101; Every Other Year, Fall

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