Intro to Political Theory: Reframing the Political
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: DO NOT USE
Course Number: LPOL 2023
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Political theory begins as a reflection on the problem of theory and practice. It studies concepts that highlight the movement and transition between ideas and practices in politics. It aims to show how the struggle for power is based on normative concepts and material interests. This course will work through the major thinkers and texts of the Western political canon. In attempting to understand the domain of the political from the standpoint of the theories which have defined it throughout history, the course will address: freedom, justice, power, contract, law, human nature, oppression, emancipation, among other ideas that have been mobilized in the context of politics. Key thinkers include: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and Marx.
Open to Lang/Jazz BA/BFA students.
Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.
Open to Eugene Lang College students.
Open to Undergraduate students.