Political Theory

LSC 1360 Introduction to Political Theory

An introduction to political theory through an examination of classical and modern approaches to the study of politics. Questions concerning how we get knowledge about politics and what we do with that knowledge will be addressed.  (Carter)

PLSC 3360 Foundations of Political Thought

Main currents of political thought in their historical settings from Plato to the 17th century, with a critical evaluation of those elements of continuing worth. (Carter)

PLSC 3361 Modern Political Thought

Main currents of political thought in their historical setting from the 17th century to the present.   

PLSC 3362 Twentieth-Century Political Thought

Analysis of the political implications of selected responses to the problems of modern mass society.  

PLSC 3363 American Political Thought

An historical and analytical survey of the thinkers, actors, and main currents of American political thought from the founding of the first European colonies to the present day.  

PLSC 3365 Communism and Post-Communism 

Theoretical foundations of communism and its variant forms in practice, explanations for the collapse of Eastern European communist systems, and possible futures of communism. 

PLSC 3370 Women and Politics 

An analysis and critique of women's role in politics, theories on women's status and power, political activities, ideologies, and programs of feminists, past and present.

PLSC 4360 Special Studies in Political Theory

Special Studies in Political Theory

PLSC 4361 Political Regimes: Understandings of Rome 

This course is concerned with the various understandings of “Rome” as developed in the writings of Plutarch, St. Augustine, and Machiavelli. it addresses three fundamentally different conceptions of the regime – beginning with the Roman Empire, considering the effects of the Christian Order, and addressing the new modes and orders introduced by Machiavelli.

PLSC 4362 Medieval Political Philosophy

This course introduces students to the tradition of political philosophy represented by various thinkers of the medieval period. Through an analysis of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian authors, students attempt to come to an understanding of the fundamental issues at stake in their works. The course also examines closely the alternative solutions proposed for solving what has been termed the “theological-political problem.”

PLSC 4363 Religion and Politics in the Western Tradition  

This course will examine major strands of Western thought on the proper role of religion in civil society. It will consider the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Aquinas, and Luther on the relationship between the sacred and temporal spheres. The course will examine religious issues in the modern United States, examining constitutional questions of Church-State relations, and the role of religion in major American Social movements.

PLSC 4368 Seminar: Political Theory and Philosophy 

An overview of the central questions in the study of political theory and philosophy.

PLSC 4369 Republicanism and the Good Society

This course seeks to trace the intellectual roots of republicanism demonstrating the importance of republican thought to political ideologies in contemporary liberal democracies.  The United States, Britain and Canada feature most prominently.

PLSC 4371 Jurisprudence 

An introduction to alternative ways of viewing the sources, functions, and uses of law. Attention is given to various understandings of concepts of justice and rights.

PLSC 4376 Research Design and Data Analysis in Political Science 

Focuses on the “art” and “science” of designing and conducting empirical research in political science. The topics covered include research design, measurement, data analysis, and hypothesis testing.