This page lists and describes courses I teach. Wolverine Access and the online LS&A course guide are good sources for general course information.

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Regular Courses

The following are descriptions of courses I frequently teach.

POLSCI 101: Introduction to Political Theory

  1. This course is a primarily chronological introduction to a selection of major and some minor works in Western political theory. Some of the central themes that the course will cover are ‘justice,’‘ human nature’ and political action. What is justice, and injustice? What are people like, what do they want and what may they hope for? Do we all want the same from our lives? How may and how should different political ideals be pursued? We will survey answers offered by many different kinds of thinkers, writing under a variety circumstances. We will frequently connect contemporary political questions with the texts of historical thinkers, and vice and versa. Finally, we will pay attention to what our theorists themselves are up to: how they argue for their views, whom they are addressing, and how they can be interpreted.

POLSCI 409: Twentieth-Century Political Thought

  1. This course offers a chronological survey of some central contributions to contemporary political thought. Its premise is that twentieth-century political thinkers have given us different (a) vocabularies to understand modern political world and (b) arguments for why and how we should try to change that world. Beginning with the German sociologist Max Weber and ending with the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, the course draws from contributions outside political theory proper.

POLSCI 603: Modern Political Thought

  1. This graduate seminar covers what we consider the modern period: roughly 1600-1900. It generally begins with Hobbes and ends with Nietzsche. It is a speedy survey, but over the last several of years I have tried to slow down a bit by teaching it as a two-part courses, selecting a smallish number of theorists for a more careful attention than we are usually able to give them.


Courses in Fall 2013

POLSCI 101  Introduction to Political Theory

POLSCI 493  Political Science Senior Honors Proseminar

POLSCI 609  Twentieth-century Political Thought

Courses in Winter 2014

POLSCI 494  Political Science Senior Honors Proseminar

Updated Jan 8, 2014

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190: First-year Seminar

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302: Modern Political Thought

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381: Political Science Research Design

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402: Liberalism and Its Critics

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481: Junior Honors Proseminar

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495: Undergrad Seminar in Political Theory

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601: Philosophy of Social Science

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603: History of Political Thought: Modern

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609: Twentieth-century Political Thought

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701: Selected Theorists

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702: Selected Topics

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