Political Science

POL- 311 American Political Thought

POL 311 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT American political conditions and institutions have occasioned unique contributions to the history of political thought. This course will explore them. It begins with the theoretical foundations of the American republic; proceeds to cover the political theory of the Constitution and the great clashes about the nature of the union that culminated in the Civil War and the concepts of freedom that blossomed in its aftermath; and finally, explores the ideas unleashed by the emerging conditions of the 20th century, including industrialism, American power and civil rights, through the lenses of both progressive and conservative thought.