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Junior Seminar: Political Freedom

Semester
Units
4
Section
7
Number
191
CCN
71808
Course Description

The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.

This junior seminar falls within the American Politics subfield, and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.

Description: What do we mean by freedom? What are its preconditions? What dangers does it pose? What justifies it? Is Western civilization worth fighting for?

Requirements

Several short papers and one long paper.

Required texts:The Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli; The Federalist Papers; Democracy In America: Alexis DeTocqueville translation by Henry Reeve; John Stuart Mill: On Liberty (1859); Capitalism, Socialism & Democracy: Joseph A. Schumpeter

Prerequisites

Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS. Selection and notification will occur around January 10, 2010.