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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 340
Course Title: *Philosophy of Revolution
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Examination of the nature of revolution--intellectual, philosophical, economic and political. Cross-listed as PHIL 340.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

On Revolution
By Arendt, Hannah (Penguin)
The Rebel
By Camus, Albert (Vintage Books)
Europe: Mother of Revolutions
By Heer, Friedrich (Praeger)
The Marx-Engels Reader
By Tucker, Robert C., ed. (Norton)
Civilization and Its Discontents
By Freud, Sigmund (Norton)
Course Objectives
  • To selectively study specific periods of history that have been labeled “revolutionary,” including not only political revolution--the archetype of which is most probably the French Revolution of 1789--but also scientific, economic, intellectual, and psychological revolution.
  • To develop a mature and deep understanding of the concept of revolution: how it has changed in history and how it has changed history.
    Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major events, ideas and results of what have been generally considered revolutions: scientific, political, intellectual, and economic.
  • Analyze and intelligently discuss the primary writings of a select number of revolutionary thinkers: Rousseau, Voltaire, Marx, etc.
  • Summarize significant philosophical debates over the nature of revolution.
  • Demonstrate research ability based upon primary source material.
  • Articulate revolutionary ideas and how they actually work out in historical time.
    Topical Outline:
  • Re-Volvere: The concept of revolution
  • The first scientific revolution
  • The Enlightenment
  • The french revolution
  • The economic revolution
  • The french utopian socialists
  • Kant and Hegel: Revolution in philosophy
  • Karl Marx
  • Anarchism
  • The Darwinian revolution
  • The Russian revolution
  • The Freudian revolution
  • The revolution in 20th century physics
  • Colonial revolution
  • The 1960’s

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Anthony Alioto Date: May 10, 2005
    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.

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