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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Political Philosophy, BA


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Contact:

Kenneth Baynes
Philosophy
208 Tolley
315-443-8976
or
Elizabeth Cohen
Political Science
100 Eggers Hall
315-443-5870

Faculty

See faculty listings under the programs in Philosophy  and in Political Science .

Political philosophy is reflective thought on group activity. It differs from political science in that it is a conceptual inquiry, while political science is a more empirical and practical application of that inquiry. The program enables students to pursue studies using the resources of both the philosophy department and the political science department. Students take coursework in ethics, political theory, history of political thought, law, and human nature. Some other topics of study include governmental structures and their ideal implementation, political behavior, civil liberties, the relationship between individuals and governments, and philosophy of law.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. A basic understanding of the core concepts in political philosophy (such as liberty, equality, rights, federalism, etc.)

2. An ability to identify and reconstruct political arguments, including the ability to identify premises and conclusions in political arguments

3. An ability to read and critically evaluate literature in political thought-including historical texts, editorials, and scholarly publications

4. An ability to write short expositional and critical essays in political thought

Major Requirements


The program requires a total of 30 credits.

Of these, 12 credits are selected from the following courses:


In addition, students choose two of the following four areas


In addition, students choose two of the following four areas, and take nine credits in each: (1) history of political thought; (2) law; (3) ethics and politics; and (4) human nature and political theory. Each course selection needs the approval of a political philosophy advisor. The courses listed below satisfy these area requirements. However, additional courses in philosophy or political science, such as selected topics courses, may be approved, as may certain courses in other departments such as history or sociology, as well as appropriate courses given outside of the arts and sciences. Each political philosophy student consults with the advisor about course selections each semester. The illustrative examples are:

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