American political thought from the colonial period to the present using writings of notable political figures, scholars and others. Corss-listed as POSC 280. Prerequisite: ENGL 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Instructors may use one of two approaches:
1. Require: American Political Thought by Dolbeare, Kenneth M. (C.Q. Press) This is the most comprehensive anthology on this topic.
2. Assign 8 - 10 original texts such as: The Federalists Papers The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois What the Anti-Federalists Were For by Herbert Storing Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville The Public and Its Problems by John Dewey Civil Disobedience and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau What Social Classes Owe Each Other by William Graham Sumner Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
American Political Thought
By Dolbeare, Kenneth M. (C.W. Press) Recommended
The Federalist Papers
By A. Hamilton, J. Madison, and J. Jay (Penguin Classics) Recommended
The Souls of Black Folks
By W.E.B. Dubois (Pocket) Recommended
What the Anti-Federalists Were For
By Herbert Storing (Univ. of Chicago Press) Recommended
Democracy in America
By Alexis de Tocqueville (Penguin Classics) Recommended
The Public and Its Problems
By John Dewey (Swallow Press) Recommended
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays
By Henry David Thoreau (BN Publishing) Recommended
What Social Classes Owe Each Other
By William Graham Sumner (BiblioBazaar) Recommended
Capitalism and Freedom
By Milton Friedman (Univ. of Chicago Press) Recommended
By Ralph Waldo Emerson (Dover Publications) Recommended
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
By Benjamin Franklin (Dover Publications) Recommended
To be familiar with major authors in American politcal thought.
To understand how ideas shaped American polical history.
To understand theoretical ideas important to America's development such as liberalism, republicanism, federalism, citizen rights and more.
To analyze critically the development of ideas such as federalism, individualism, capitalism, etc. in American political and social thought.
Explain the significant contributions of specific authors and theorists to America's development.
Identify major trends in the development of American political thought.
Read and comprehend original sources relevant to American political thought.
Analyze critical issues relevant to American political and social thought.
NOTE: A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. This requirmeent may be satisfied by a single type-written paper of 10 - 12 pages in length (or longer), properly cited, or by mulitple paper assignments of equivalent length
Revolutionary political ideas
The development of "democracy" and the abolition of slavery
Growth of industrialization, populism, socialism and other social movements
Laissez faire and its decline, progressivism
Post World War II liberalism, the move toward diversity, the focus on issue politics
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.