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Global Perspectives on Political Theory Course Description (Offered in September Only)
As the world continues to become increasingly integrated in terms of economics, communication technology, trade, the impact of human activity on the environment, and a shared cultural lexicon it has become clear to many that political theory should be approached from a global perspective. In this course students will explore the various ways that adopting a global perspective on political theory, and political life in general, plays out. Broadly speaking, there are two ways to think about adopting a global perspective on political theory. On one hand, we can explore the aspects of political theory that may have global implications and applications. Questions regarding human rights, environmental political theory, cosmopolitanism, and the impact of global capital movement all fit well within this approach. On the other hand, different cultural, religious, and intellectual traditions may bring to the table very different perspectives on issues like democracy, the relationship between religion and politics, the acceptable use of violence, and the structure of the economy. Given this reality, a comparative approach might be in order.
This course is divided into four parts. Part one introduces the concept of cosmopolitanism, the idea that an individual can be a citizen of the world. Part two explores the emerging field of comparative political theory. In part three, students will use the concepts and methods of cosmopolitanism and comparative political theory to examine Islamic political thought. In part four of the course students will develop and present research projects based on topics developed in consultation with the instructor. Students may choose to focus either on one aspect of a particular intellectual, religious, or cultural tradition, or to focus on an issue of global significance.
This course is part of the Project for Critical Inquiry. More information can be found at commons.esc.edu/criticalinquiry
Important Note: this course was renamed effective the September 2011 term and was formerly offered as Comparative Political Theory. Students who have successfully completed 263444 should not enroll in this course.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Meets General Education Requirement In: Western Civilization-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Sep.
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