BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Western Political Heritage 1

POLI 201


$ 579.00

Instructor: Ralph C Hancock
Credits: 3.00

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Western civilization from Greek antiquity to Renaissance, primarily from perspective of political philosophy and scriptures; exploring fundamental questions in human experience; examining formative events in history; understanding value of important texts.

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Education and Modern Society
Lesson 2: The Greeks and the Origins of Philosophy
Lesson 3: The Problem of Socrates
Lesson 4: Plato’s Republic: The Founding of Political Philosophy
Lesson 5: Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics
Lesson 6: Hellenistic Thought
Lesson 7: Rome
Lesson 8: Athens and Jerusalem
Lesson 9: Augustine’s Two Cities
Lesson 10: Thomas Aquinas’s Aristotelian Christianity
Lesson 11: The Modern Appropriation of Christian Universalism: Power without Purpose
Lesson 12: Reason, Agency, and Atonement

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


This course and any 202 course together fulfill Brigham Young University's core History of Civilization requirement.