Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Political Philosophy
Course: PHI224

First Term: 2012 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Predominant figures and theories in Euroamerican political philosophy from Plato to contemporary social/political philosophers.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify and explain the challenges to the philosophical study of political systems. (I)
2. Describe the relationship between government and civil society. (I)
3. Trace the historical development of the predominant theories of government. (II)
4. Compare and contrast theories of government. (III)
5. Apply the theories to current tensions in civil society. (IV)
6. Critically evaluate the theories in light of their application to current and future issues. (V)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Historical Background and Challenges\n
   A. Beginnings of civil society\n
      1. In ancient Greek culture\n
      2. In Europe (1400`s-present)\n
   B. Rise of political systems\n
      1. Oligarchy\n
      2. Monarchy\n
      3. Democracy\n
II. Theories of Government\n
   A. Historical origins of theories of governments\n
      1. Economic and cultural considerations\n
      2. Historical materialism\n
   B. Arguments underlying classical theories of government\n
      1. Natural Law theory\n
      2. Contractarian theory\n
      3. Classic Liberalism\n
      4. Marxism\n
III. Analysis of Theories of Government\n
   A. Justice vs. Social Utility\n
   B. Strengths and theories of government weaknesses of\npredominant\n
IV. Applications to Current Societal Problems\n
   A. Proposed solutions to current problems\n
   B. Effectiveness of predominant theories of government\n
V. Future Concerns of Political Philosophy\n
   A. Changes and improvement on predominant theories\n
   B. Civil society in the Third Millenium\n
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  5/24/2011

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