This course will serve as both an introduction to political theory, in general, and a survey of theories of democracy, in particular. The class will analyze the historical and theoretical underpinnings of democratic forms of political organization, and it will probe many of the key issues faced by any democracy—such as legitimacy, authority, order, and dissent. Students will study a number of the early modern social contract theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. The course will also investigate the work of democratic theorists and critics such as Marx, before turning to contemporary debates and alternative approaches to understanding democracy. Prerequisite: POSC 100 or permission of the instructor.
2016-2017 Course Catalog / Courses / Introduction to Democratic Political Thought