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Course Details

Course Code: HUMN561 Course ID: 3519 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course builds upon the study of distinctive perspectives of the social sciences. Course topics include the development of modern political and social understanding as it relates to the impact of economic issues on societies. Readings for this course include: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality; Max Weber, The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism; Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Selected Works.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO-1: Analyze some key works by some of the most influential political philosophers in western thought

CO-2: Synthesize approaches to a range of political and economic theories

CO-3: Extrapolate contemporary issues and concerns, by, for example, discussing lack of women and minorities represented in standard discourse in this area of study.

C0-4: Apply competent writing skills in short essays and a research essay of potentially publishable quality

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 35.00 %
Week 2: Final Project Proposal 11.67 %
Week 4: Annotated Bibliography 11.67 %
Week 6: Final Project Abstract 11.67 %
Final Project 25.00 %
Week 8: Final Project 25.00 %



Each week we will focus on one key author. Each student should choose one chapter from each work for deep focus for analysis in both forums and essays.

Extracts from the following texts/authors.

Week one: Ibn Khuldan: Muqaddimah

Week two: Thomas Hobbes: The Leviathan

Week three: John Lo>Week four: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Emile, The Social Contract, Confessions

Week five: Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

Week six: Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations

Week seven: Karl Marx: Communist Manifesto and Das Kapitale

Week eight: Carol Pateman and Charles Mills: The Sexual Contract and The Racial Contract.

RECOMMENDED REFERENCES (For All Humanities Majors)

  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. NY: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.
  • Marius, Richard, and Melvin E. Page. A Short Guide to Writing about History, 6th ed. New York: Longman, 2007.

Accessible through The Online Library.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Department of Humanities requires conformity with the traditional MLA Handbook.

Book Title:Democracy in America - alternate sources available online at
Author:Tocqueville, A
Unit Cost:$7.95
Book Title:Leviathan - alternate sources available online at
Author:Hobbs, Thomas
Unit Cost:$13.40
Book Title:The Muqaddimah -alternate sources available online at
Author:Khaldun, I
Unit Cost:$33.00
Book Title:The Second Treatise of Government - alternate sources available online at
Author:Locke, J
Unit Cost:$13.60
Book Title:A Discourse on Inequality (Penguin Classics) - Available free online at
Author:Rousseau, J
Unit Cost:$12.40
Book Title:The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Routledge Classics) - alternate sources available online at
Author:Weber, M
Unit Cost:$27.35
Book Title:The Wealth of Nations - alternate sources available online at
Author:Smith, Adam
Unit Cost:$10.39
Book Title:The Marx-Engels Reader - alternate sources available online at
Author:Mark, K
Unit Cost:$37.66

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.