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Classics of Political Theory Humanities & Social Sciences Program Fall 2024 Semester CEA CAPA & UNYP - Prague

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Classics of Political Theory

Classics of Political Theory Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: University of New York in Prague
Location: Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Instruction in: English
Course Code: POL101
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 100
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45


A survey of the major contributions to Western political thought. Classical theory from the pre-Socratic period to that of 21st Century. Concepts such as authority, legitimacy, law, justice, constitution, and public good are analysed through the lenses of political thinkers from different periods and schools of thought.
The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the major Western Philosophers, their ideas and the societal context in which they developed their theories. The course provides an overview of the nature and history of the Western political theory, from the Greek political philosophers, to the major medieval, modern and contemporary political theorists. Students will be acquainted with foundations, frameworks, theories and applications of philosophical reasoning and argumentation linking the work of major political philosophers with important historical and contemporary political and social dilemmas and challenges that present difficult and sometimes conflicting choices. The course aims to challenge students to come to terms with the political choices they face, and will face in their professional, social, and personal lives.

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