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POLI 240: Foundations of Western Political Thought

Basic ideas of political thought are analyzed in this course by following the development of citizenship, a vital element of democracy. Should the duties and rights of citizens be minimized to achieve greater individual freedom? How would a definition of citizenship including the experiences and contributions of women and men influence democracy? What obligations do citizens have to future generations and other inhabitants of planet Earth? On what ethical framework should the judgments and actions of citizens be founded? Discussion will be in light of the writings of eminent theorists, such as Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Burke, Locke, Pope Leo XIII, Machiavelli, Maistre, Maritain, Mill, Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft.

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