245. The Ancient Greeks: Politics, Poetry, Philosophy
A discussion of brilliant, enduring works by Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, Thucydides and Plato. The course focuses on the growth of “enlightenment” in classical Athens, along with its attendant social, intellectual and political problems. Socrates, who grasped both the splendor and the perils of enlightenment, is the pivotal figure. Also offered as Philosophy 245 and through European Studies.
274, 374. Special Topics in Political Theory
Topics may include democratic theory, politics of culture, women and politics, politics and psychology, Utopian and anti-Utopian political thought.
341. Politics Through Literature
Discussion of works by Kafka, Conrad, Dostoevsky, Brecht, Orwell, Camus, Pynchon, Kosinski and others that bear on the problem of alienation from self, work, society and nature in the modern world. The course does not satisfy the department’s major requirement in political theory. Also offered through European Studies and as Philosophy 341.
343. Ecology and Political Thought
Environmentalism challenges the political, economic and philosophical foundations of modernity. This seminar examines the way this challenge has been issued by various wings of the movement, including animal liberationists, ecofeminists, neo-Malthusians, eco-guerrillas, deep ecologists and wilderness preservationists. The course does not satisfy the department’s major requirement in political theory. Prerequisite: Government 206 or 344 or permission of instructor.
344. Modern Political Thought
An examination of many important thinkers from the Renaissance to the present, but with a special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Syllabus may include works by Voltaire, Tocqueville, Burke, Hegel, Mill, Freud, Fromm and Arendt. Whenever appropriate, students assess modern political developments in light of the assigned texts. Also offered as Philosophy 344 and through European Studies. Prerequisites:
206. Introduction to Political Theory
347. Marxist and Critical Theory
A survey of the basic elements of Marxist political theory and of the major streams of contemporary thought that have emerged in response to it. Some of the theorists whose work we might examine include Gramsci, Horkheimer and Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas and Foucault. Feminist, African-American and Caribbean interpreters of Marx may also be studied. Also offered through European Studies.
349. American Political Thought: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
An examination of the main currents of political thinking from the Colonial period to the end of the 19th century. The course begins with the Puritan Divines and continues through the start of the Progressive era. Thinkers considered might include Paine, the Federalists, Jefferson, Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Thoreau, Frederick Douglass and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
350. American Political Thought: Twentieth Century
An examination of the main currents of political thinking in the United States from the Progressive Era through the end of the 1960s. Thinkers considered include the Social Darwinists, Thorstein Veblen, W.E.B. DuBois, Jane Addams and John Dewey. We also look at both the resurgence of conservative thought in the 1950s and some of the sociological critiques of the post-war era out of which the New Left, civil rights, Black Power, feminist and ecological movements grew.
351. African-American Political and Social Thought
A broad-based survey of African-American social and political thought. The focus is on the theme of duality: what it means for a culture and a people to be both integral to and excluded from the larger society of which they are a part. We will examine the variety of ways African-American thinkers have confronted this duality and how they have asserted the dignity and autonomy of their people in the context of a social order historically structured to deny them their full humanity. The course will include such African-American thinkers and writers as David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. Also offered through U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Studies.
360. International Relations Theory
An advanced seminar on the theories of international relations, with oral reports and research papers. The principal contending theories of international relations are investigated and critiqued. Although the nation-state system remains the primary focus of scholars of international relations, other major non-state actors of the international system are examined. Prerequisite: Government 108 or permission of instructor. Also offered through Global Studies.
374. Utopian Political Thought
374B. Feminist Contribution to Political Theory