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Course Code: POLS501 Course ID: 3550 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course takes the student into the exciting world of ideas that have always captivated mankind and inspired the great advances in Western civilization. The course examines some eternal questions: On what philosophical precepts does the rule of law depend? What are the philosophical justifications for respect for the individual? What legal and moral implications arise from these precepts? How should we behave? How should we govern ourselves and each other? Through reading, studying, and reflecting upon the works of the great philosophers ranging from Socrates to Marx and beyond, the class will enter into these “great conversations” and examine how political philosophers throughout time have relevance to the modern world.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO-1 Evaluate the development of political philosophy as an intellectual framework for establishing order in society.

CO-2 Critique the philosophical debate over the nature of man.

CO-3 Compare the differences of a religious-sanctioned political system and one based on natural rights.

CO-4 Evaluate the evolving concept of political rights and freedoms.

CO-5 Assess the major critiques of traditional concepts in political philosophy.

CO-6 Critique the issue of reconciling diversity of beliefs with allegiance to the state.

CO-7 Debate the relevancy of political philosophy to the issues of the 21st Century.

Course Requirements:

Grades for this course will be based upon eight basic grading instruments. There are eight weekly discussion questions that are provided in the weekly forum. A final exam will consist of two essay questions. Initial posts to the forum must be made by Friday, 11:55 pm ET of each week and replies to classmates must be posted by Sunday, 11:55 pm ET of each week. Everyone will write on the same topic for the final paper, which will be between 3000-3500 words (12-14 pages double spaced) and due the last day of week 7. The grading scale for each of the evaluations is provided below:

Please see the student handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
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Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.