POLT 584 (01) - Selected Topics in Political Thought

Selected Topics Polt Thought

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 56611
Special issues in political theory, such as liberalism and conservatism, radical political thought, the American character, and others. Not offered every semester. See departmental listings for semester offerings. Writing intensive. 4 cr.
Section Comments: Topic: The Enlightenment.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): POLT 620
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susan Siggelakis

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm HORT 207
Additional Course Details: 

The Enlightenment

This intermediate-level political thought course will examine the revolution in thought that occurred  throughout Europe and the early United States in the 18th Century.  Often called the Age of Reason. In that period, thinkers of all types questioned established ‘truths’ and the influence of theology on intellectual inquiry, subjecting ideas and policies to  the scrutiny of empiricism and logic.  This movement planted the seeds for modern liberalism, cultural humanism, science and technology and laissez fairE capitalism.  We will study works on politics, war, art, economics and crime by such thinkers as Diderot, Voltaire, Adam Smith, Locke and James Madison, among many others.