Term: Spring 2013 Course No: Political Science 326 Course Title: Modern Political Theory Instructor: John M. Parrish Course Description (principal topics covered): This course surveys the Western tradition of political thinking from the Protestant Reformation to the end of the 19th century. Major attention will be devoted to the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx. Other theorists considered will include figures from the Protestant Reformation and Late Renaissance (Luther, Calvin, Bodin, Montaigne, Grotius); the Enlightenment (Montesquieu, Hume, Mandeville, Adam Smith, The Federalist, Paine, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Kant); and the 19th century (Constant, Tocqueville, Hegel, Nietzsche). Student Learning Outcomes: Students will learn to carefully examine and critically engage with key texts in the history of Western political thought. Prerequisites/Recommended Background: At least one course in political theory or moral philosophy, or permission of the instructor. Required Texts/References: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (Cambridge). John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (Cambridge). Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and Discourses (Everyman). John Stuart Mill, On Liberty and Other Essays (Oxford). Karl Marx, Selected Writings (Hackett). Coursepack Coursework/expectations: Students are expected to do all of the reading and to come to each class prepared to discuss the material. Grades will be based upon 3-4 in-class debate exercises, a final paper of 12-15 pages, periodic reading quizzes, and discussion/attendance. Comments: This will be a challenging course with substantial reading requirements, but also with substantial opportunities for intellectual growth.