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Course Description:

In this course students will learn about the ancient foundations of political theory and political science, with an emphasis on the two giants of ancient political thought: Plato and Aristotle. Students will study some of the most famous and influential ideas in the history of Western thought, including: the Philosopher-King, the allegory of the cave, the idea that "man is a political animal", the Golden Mean, Plato’s Forms, and the nature of justice.

Although there is a text for the course available at the college bookstore, students will likely be able to find free electronic versions of the required readings.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Western Civilization.

This online course is offered through Online 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.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Western Civilization-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Fall 1.

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