Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POLI 221 - Western Political Thought

Surveys Western political thought from Plato to Foucault. The course critically examines the contributions of political theorists both ancient and modern, especially major ideas that have shaped modern democratic societies. The course also explores challenges posed by Marxist, feminist, and postmodern theorists and focuses on values and concepts that underlie political discourse: power, legitimacy, change, freedom, equality, and justice. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , READ 120 . Three hours each week. Formerly PS 241.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental questions of the field of Political Theory
  • Comprehend the political theories of some of the most influential western philosophers.
  • Place political theories in their respective political and historical context.
  • Examine critically political theories.
  • Apply the core principles of each of political theory to the socio-political problems of here and now.
  • Define, describe, and state the significance of four core political values of Order, Freedom, Equality, and Justice

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