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Political Science (PL SC)

PL SC 007 (GS) Contemporary Political Ideologies (3) Critical analysis of contemporary political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, feminism, and environmentalism.

PL SC 007 Contemporary Political Ideologies (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, feminism, and environmentalism are ideologies which have inspired political movements. Understanding their meaning is an essential aspect of the study of contemporary politics. In this course, we examine the basic principles of these ideologies and assess their power to mobilize people for political action. In the process, we also explore the role of ideology in America today, including the responsibility of democratic citizens to understand how ideology shapes their politics. This course serves as a prerequisite for all 400-level political theory courses. This course fulfills one of the lower division requirements for majors in Political Science. It is taken by nearly all Political Science majors. For non-majors this course will be used to fulfill general education social/behavioral science requirement and bachelor of arts social science requirement. Students will take examinations which include short answer and essay questions. They also trace a basic concept, e.g.,equality, liberty, democracy, across the political ideologies studied. Their final take-home exam compares contrasting meanings of their chosen concept. Participation and group exercises in discussion sections are also graded. PL SC 117 will be offered twice a year with 90 seats per offering.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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