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Western Political Heritage 2

POLI 202


$ 579.00

Instructor: Ralph C Hancock
Credits: 3.00

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

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Contemplation Dethroned: The Collapse of the Keystone of Medieval Thought
Lesson 2: Luther & Calvin: The Spiritual Enhancement of the Secular
Lesson 3: Machiavelli’s Effectual Truth
Lesson 4: Descartes: The Science of Progress
Lesson 5: Hobbes: The Science of Rights
Lesson 6: Locke and The Dynamic Right of Property
Lesson 7: Federalist Papers and the Founding
Lesson 8: Rousseau: The Quest for a Lost Wholeness
Lesson 9: Burke: Tradition Vs. Abstract Reason
Lesson 10: Kant and Hegel: Pure Morality and Meaning in History
Lesson 11: Mill: Liberty for Scientific & Utilitarian Progress
Lesson 12: Marx: The Apocalypse of Ideological Materialism
Lesson 13: Nietzsche: Revolutionary Inequality and the Will To Power
Lesson 14: Tocqueville: Saving the Democratic Soul
Lesson 15: Conclusion: In Search of True Freedom

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 is part of a BYU GE Mosaic. The textbook for this course is online, so Internet access is required.

   No Materials required for this course!