Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

PHL 225 Political Philosophy(RLA)

4 hours; 4 credits. Overview of the most influential ideas in the history of political philosophy. The course will begin by examining ancient political thought and will transition up to the ideas of some contemporary political thinkers. Throughout the course, students will consider criticisms of the historical texts. Among the issues addressed are the justifications for political systems, the connection between human nature and the ideal political arrangement, and the influence that economic factors have on political structures. In the course of these investigations students will become familiar with various schools of of political thought which may include social contract theory, utilitarianism, socialism, communism, libertarianism, and anarchism. (social science). Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 130. Please Note: This course satisfies the college option.