A series of half- or full-credit courses, each of which will focus a particular political theorist or group of theorists from classical antiquity, the medieval period, or the Renaissance. Specific offerings will vary from year to year. Counts as advanced course work in political theory. In fall semester 2009, the course offered will be:PSC 330 History of Political Thought
The Medievals and the Modern Imagination
Examines medieval conceptions of politics and society as expressed through religious treatises, treatises on law and politics, and poetry/literature. The course focuses on the contribution that medieval ideas make to contemporary attitudes toward politics, especially with respect to patriotism/nationalism and our conception of the executive. Readings include both medieval and modern authors as well as modern films.
Prerequisite: Political Science 231 or consent of the instructor.