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POLI 1021 How to Rule the World: Intro to Political Theory (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore the highest political theme: the requirements of great political rule. What must we do and know in order to govern well? Should we be guided by the concern for justice, for example, or by the sometimes nasty demands of "national security"? We'll read a small number of foundational texts that all deal, in very different ways, with the requirements of great political leadership. Along the way we'll encounter the founder of the Persian Empire, the greatest king in the Hebrew Bible, Shakespeare's wickedest king, America's greatest president, and THE teacher of princes, Machiavelli.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Robert C. Bartlett

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: For majors and non-majors. This course may be used to fulfill the field requirement in Political Theory, or it may be used to fulfill one of the elective requirements in the major. It cannot satisfy more than one of these requirements.


Last Updated: 07-Mar-16