Course Syllabus Format

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Catalog Description

This course examines the classics of political thought.


Course Purpose

Introduce the students to the main ideas, concepts, theories and debates in political philosophy.

Required Readings

Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Classics of Political Thought, Hacket Publishing Company.


Required Additional Materials

Gaus G. (2000) Political concepts and political theories. Westview Press.


Course Objectives
 Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify the main ideas and theories in political philosophy.
  2. Compare different authors.
  3. Provide critical readings of the main authors.
Content of the Course

The Course Schedule


Date Topic Reading
Session 1


Introduction to the course: Main topics in political thought Gaus G. (2000) Political concepts and political theories. Westview Press.


Session 2


Plato: The Republic Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Plato.


Session 3


Machiavelli Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Machiavelli


Session 4


Hobbes Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Hobbes


Session 5


Locke Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Locke


Session 6


Rousseau Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Rousseau


Session 7


Tocqueville Analysis of Democracy in America (text translated and provided by the instructor).


Session 8


Midterm Exam + In-class Presentations
Session 9


Kant and J. S. Mill Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Kant and Mill


Session 10


Marx Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Marx


Session 11


Weber and Nietzsche Weber, Max (1978), Economy and Society, University of California Press.

Morgan, Michael L. edited by (2001), Hacket Publishing Company. Chapter on Nietzsche


Session 12


Schumpeter Schumpeter, Joseph A. (2010) Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. Kessinger Publishing.
Session 13


Rawls Rawls, John (1999). A Theory of Justice. Revised Edtition. Oxford University Press. Oxford.


Session 14


Levinas Levinas, Emanuel (1980) Totality and Infinity. Springer.

Critchley, Simon (1996) Deconstruction and Pragmatism. Routledge.

Session 15


Final Exam + In-Class Presentations.


Course Requirements


Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole), particularly during the panel discussion section. You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are reminded not to approach the instructor for copies of the previous week’s materials during immediately before, during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.


Panel Discussion: Leading a panel discussion will make up 10% of the course grade. Students are expected to present results of their research of issues focused on throughout the course, and actively moderate and propose questions and themes (set the agenda) to advance discussion. Panel members should be solidly informed from their sources, discuss aspects of it with the rest of the class, table and field questions and give educated answers and analysis. The goal of this assignment is to make qualified analyses of mediated politics.


Exams: Two examinations will be taken, one during week seven of the course and a final exam covering all course content during the final examination period. Test format may combine a mixture of short answer, true/false, matching, sort answer, and one or two essay questions covering all readings, lecture, hand-out and class discussion content.


Papers: Students will write one paper on topics of their choice based on class readings. The aim of this is in line with the course philosophy: read less, but more intensively. A successful paper demonstrates critical thinking by integrating the ideas from the readings and class discussion without simply repeating or restating the information. The assignment should be typewritten and double spaced on two pages (600-800 words) using 1-inch margins and 11 or 12 point type. Students should not write more than this – the instructor will not read beyond the second page.


Final exam:

February 5th 2013.


General Requirements

Late assignments and absence from tests will not be tolerated. In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask your instructor for clarification.


Criteria for Determination of Grade, including Evaluation Methods


Participation 10%
Panel Discussion 10%
Paper 20
Midterm 30%
Final 30%



Grading Scale 96-100 A 90-95 A- 87-89 B+
83-86 B 80-82 B- 77-79 C+
73-76 C 70-72 C- 67-69 D+
63-66 D 60-62 D- 0-59 F


Letter Grade Percent (%) Generally Accepted Meaning
      A 96-100 Outstanding work
      A- 90-95
      B+ 87-89 Good work, distinctly above average
      B 83-86
      B- 80-82
      C+ 77-79 Acceptable work
      C 73-76
      C- 70-72
      D+ 67-69 Work that is significantly below average
      D 63-66
      D- 60-62
      F 0-59 Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course


Bibliography (Additional Readings)

All necessary texts are included in the reader. Students can propose articles of additional books for discussion.


Technology Expectations

Assignments are to be word-processed. Continuing and regular use of e-mail is expected.


STUDENTS: If you feel that you have special learning difficulties, please, make an appointment with Ms. A. Gramo. Ms. Anxhela Gramo is trained to help students with learning difficulties. She has offered to provide this service to our students, just as it is offered in all American universities.

Date Prepared and By Whom Prepared

October 6th 2015 by Ermal Hasimja



Faculty: Arts & Sciences.

Department: Humanities & S.Sc.

Grade: Undergraduate.

Majors: Humanities and Social Studies.

Study Fileds: Political Sciences International Relations.

Course Year: 1.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: MON 13-16:00

Instructor: Dr. Ermal Hasimja

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Composition I