Political Philosophy – PPOG 503

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course studies the most influential political philosophers who substantially influence the Western political and legal thought processes, for better or worse, from ancient Greece, through Western European development and the American Founding era to the modern era.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is a required core course in the Master of Art in Public Policy program. It provides a broad graduate-level introduction to selected philosophers and philosophies that have shaped and continue to shape Western political and legal thought.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between worldview and political philosophy.
  2. Explain the relationship between one’s philosophical presumptions regarding human nature and the development and/or choice of political systems.
  3. Identify significant trends in the history of political thought.
  4. Explain the contribution or impact of selected political philosophers.
  5. Compare sources in political philosophy.
  6. Analyze policies and/or governmental actions in light of their philosophical roots.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 references to course readings and at least 1 Scripture reference. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 reference to course readings and at least 1 Scripture reference. Each reply post must be unique; merely posting the same reply in two places is not sufficient and may be treated as a form of academic misconduct.

Short Research Papers (2)

The student will be required to submit 2 Short Research Papers. The papers must be at least 2 pages written in current Turabian format, utilize and cite at least 5 appropriate sources to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions, and must, in all other respects, be in accord with the standards of academic writing.

News Article Review

The student will be required to submit a News Article Review. The review must be ½–1-page double spaced. In the review, the student must summarize the article in order to demonstrate comprehension of the content and must identify key elements discussed in the article and relate those elements back to concepts discussed in the course. The review must mention at least 2 of the philosophers from the course and include excerpts from their writings with references to the course text.

Research Paper

The student will be required to submit a Research Paper. The paper must be 7–10 pages written in current Turabian format, utilize and cite at least 7–10 appropriate sources in sufficient quantity to justify the student’s position and/or conclusions, and must, in all other respects, be in accord with the standards of academic writing.