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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

PLSC 100: Political Theory

PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Wainwright
MWF 11:30am / LSC

Political theory is about asking the normative political questions which underlie everyday politics.  Who should rule?  How should they rule?  What is the best way to shape a society so that the common good is provided for?  What, even, is the common good?  This course will examine some of the major thinkers of the western political tradition to survey how these and other questions of political life have been answered, in the past and in the present.  It will focus on reading the theorist’s original texts to discover their purpose when written and their continued relevance and meaning today.  This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.



PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor TBA
TTh 1:00pm / LSC


This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum.



PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Danford
TTh 11:30am / LSC


According to Aristotle, the thinker generally regarded as the founder of the scientific study of politics, political science is the architectonic science, the most comprehensive attempt to understand and articulate the human good.  Its central question is the question how should human beings live.  Inquiry into the human good requires a comprehensive understanding of human nature—what kind of creatures are we?—along with an account of the circumstances of political life.  This course will serve as a theoretical and comparative introduction to political science thus understood.  We will consider the chief answers that have been given to these questions over the 2,400 years during which serious political science has been practiced. This course is an option in the “Philosophical Knowledge” section of the core curriculum.

PLSC 100: Political Theory
Professor Yoksas
MWF 2:45pm / LSC


How can a citizen know what a just law looks like?  Why must citizens give deference to political authority?  What is the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective leader?  The history of mankind is the history of political relationships.  The most fundamental of these relationships is the one between the government and the governed.  Indeed, all human beings who live in a community with others will at some point be expected to either craft the laws or obey the laws crafted by others.  The possession of political authority over the community comes with certain obligations to use the authority for the sake of the common good.  Likewise, citizenship carries with it the obligation to obey the laws for the sake of civil order.  This course is designed to examine this relationship between leaders and citizens. Students will read a variety of perspectives from the history of political thought, from ancient Greece to contemporary America.  This course is an option in the "Philosophical Knowledge" section of the core curriculum.



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Department of Political Science
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