Pol 11 – Schedule of Readings (Spring 2013)

REVISED Schedule of Readings


FEBRUARY 7: Reading a Source
– President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

FEBRUARY 14: Primary & Secondary Sources
– Primary v. Secondary Sources
– “The Background of the Enlightenment: Historical Context” by Darren Staloff
– “What is Enlightenment” by Immanuel Kant


FEBURARY 26: The Ancient Tradition
– Aristotle on the nature of the state
– Plato on the nature of political leadership
– “Constitutions and Their Classification” by Aristotle
– Aristotle on citizenship
– Aristotle on the nature of inequality

FEBRUARY 28: The Christian Tradition & Machiavelli
– Excerpts from “Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet
– Excerpts from the Christian New Testament
– Excerpts from “The City of God” by Augustine

MARCH 5: The Social Contract
– Excerpts from “The Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes
– Excerpts from “Two Treatises on Government” by John Locke
– Excerpts from “The Social Contract” by John-Jacques Rousseau

MARCH 7: Utilitarianism
– Jeremy Bentham on the nature of Utilitarianism
– Jeremy Bentham on the falsity of “natural rights”
– Excerpt from “Utilitarianism” by John Stuart Mill

MARCH 12: Marxism
– Excerpt from “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Frederic Engels
– Karl Marx on the nature of money
– Karl Marx on the nature of property
– Vladimir Lenin on democracy

MARCH 14: Political Liberalism
– Excerpts from “A Theory of Justice” by John Rawls
– Robert Nozick’s response to Rawls


MARCH 19: Study Skills – Citation Formatting & Paper Writing
– Chicago Manual of Style: Bibliographic Format for References
– What is Plagiarism?

MARCH 21: Study Skills – How to Study For a Test
– Tips for Effective Study


Author: Roy Rogers

I am currently a PhD candidate in American History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). My undergraduate education was at Shepherd University (Political Science & History) and I received an MA in History from George Mason University. As a historian, my research interests include early American history, the early American republic (1780 to 1830), political history, religious history, and gender history. I live in Brooklyn with my girlfriend and our cat.

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