POLI 240 Learning Objectives

Currents of Political Thought

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with:

  • the range of concerns dealt with in modern and contemporary political theory
  • that political theory is a diverse field of critical inquiry
  • the importance of historical, social, and political contexts for the generation and justification of political ideas
  • the difference between the tradition of western political thought and the political thought of other cultures
  • the meaning and origin of key political concepts in the field of political theory
    • e.g. power, freedom, equality, gender, race, etc.
  • the fact that these concepts are contested and that contestation is part of the history of political thought and contemporary political debate

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • use core theoretical concepts to explain and analyze real world political issues and problems
  • distinguish analytic use of these concepts from descriptive and anecdotal use
  • apply these concepts through effective argumentation in written and oral presentation
  • read primary works of political theory effectively and critically

By the end of the course, students will have acquired and refined the following skills:

  • recognize and generate sound argument to explain or justify political theories
  • structure an analytic paper in political theory
  • effectively communicate political analysis in written and oral forms