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Pol 030 - Political Theory and Ideology

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WESTMONT COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE POLITICAL THEORY AND IDEOLOGY POL 030 1 FALL 2008 MWF 8 00 9 05AM Instructor Jesse Covington Classroom Clark A Classroom 1 Office Hours or by appointment Deane Hall 201 Email jcovington westmont edu Phone x6784 Course Description Welcome to Political Theory and Ideology This course introduces students to the project of political theory locating this study within a broader intellectual framework of the Christian thought and the liberal arts It introduces political theory primarily by critically engaging major political ideologies exploring the key features and philosophical underpinnings of ideological approaches to politics The course begins by introducing the scope and methods of political philosophy in relation to the liberal arts and a Christian understanding of the world The second segment of the course considers major ideologies of liberalism conservatism socialism anarchism fascism nationalism and democracy Section three turns to further developments in ideological thinking treating ideologies related to gender and sexuality race the environment and Islam The fourth section like the first devotes particular attention to developing a Christian perspective on political ideologies Goals This course has three primary goals To introduce students to the project of political theory addressing what it is why it is important how it is done how it relates to political science its place in the liberal arts and how much fun it can be This will involve several components including o Develop students abilities to read diverse texts identifying and distilling their basic assumptions about reality Metaphysical questions of essence are central here engaging students in core definitional questions relating to humanity God politics and nature o Engage students in the perennial ethical questions driving political thought including who should rule how they should rule what goals and scope are appropriate to government what role



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