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MODERN POLITICAL THEORY (HIS-243444)

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Course Description:


The course will examine some of the most important contributions to political theory in the history of Western Civilization with a focus on the modern period, roughly from 1500-1900. We will explore questions about the proper role of government, the nature of political and moral obligation, the role of economics in political life, and the importance of personal, political and religious liberty. Authors who may be studied in this course include Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

For more information about political science courses at the Center for Distance Learning, please visit: http://commons.esc.edu/cdlpoliticalscience.

This course fully meets the general education requirement in Humanities for 4 credits OR Western Civilization for 4 credits.

Important Note: This course was renamed effective the September 2009 term and was formerly offered as Western Civilization: Internal Critiques and Analyses. Students who have successfully completed 243444 should not enroll in this course.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full;Western Civilization-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Sep.

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