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SOSC 2B05
Western Political Thought from Plato to the Present
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal studies, including the first year writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%, and an overall average of 60%.
This course introduces students to the issues and debates in political thought through history and across western culture. Students will examine the key concepts and ideas of western politics ranging from Plato, to John Stuart Mill, to C.B McPherson. A particular theme of the course will explore the central ideas that have shaped the contemporary political environment historically in areas such as liberalism, conservatism, Marxism, and in the more contemporary arenas of feminism, socialism, neo-liberalism, aboriginal rights, equality and social justice. Students will also learn about the methodology of political science, the institutional and social framework of political activity, and the role of political ideas.
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