Normative Political Theory & Philosophy

This field interprets, critiques, and constructs philosophical conceptions and arguments concerning morally appropriate and prudent standards and purposes for political actors and regimes. Topics include historically influential theories, the genealogy of political ideas, democratic theory, and contemporary theories of legitimacy, identity, ethics, the good society, and social justice.

First Field

Coursework
  • 6 courses selected from the Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy listing

Students work with the Field Director to develop an individualized curriculum, and will generally take all the Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy courses over a period of three years. There are also designated courses that count among the theory courses, courses in the law school, courses in religious studies, psychology and other departments.

Qualifying Procedure

You will take a written and oral exam no later than September 30 of the third year of your graduate study. The written and oral examinations will assess whether or not you have attained a firm command of the literature in this field.

Preliminary Examination

Each students who passes the qualifying procedure in Normative Political Theory & Political Philosophy is required to submit and present for defense before a committee of faculty in that field an original, plausibly publishable research paper on a relevant topic. The paper must be submitted no later than the end of the first semester of your third semester of graduate study. The committee administering the preliminary examination may pass a student with distinction on the basis of both your performance in the qualifying procedure and in your paper presentation and defense.

Second Field

Coursework
  • 4 courses selected from the Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy listing

Field Requirements

Workshop

Participate in the workshop for post-prelim students focused on writing academic articles.

Number Title Codes
POLSCI 120 The Challenges of Living an Ethical Life EI, CZ
POLSCI 120D The Challenges of Living an Ethical Life EI, CZ
POLSCI 150FS Citizenship, Patriotism, & Identity EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 170FS Liberty and Equality: Ancient and Modern Perspectives CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 175 Introduction to Political Philosophy EI, SS
POLSCI 175D Introduction to Political Philosophy EI, SS
POLSCI 175FS Freedom and Responsibility EI, W, SS
POLSCI 176FS Human Rights and World Politics EI, SS
POLSCI 180FS Hierarchy and Spontaneous Order: The Nature of Freedom in Political and Economic Organizations (C-N) EI, W, SS
POLSCI 185FS The Politics of Language SS
POLSCI 188FS American Perspectives on Citizenship EI, SS
POLSCI 206 American Values, Institutions, and Culture CCI, SS
POLSCI 211 Democracy: Ancient and Modern CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 244S Activism & Christianity in Modern America CCI, EI, W, CZ
POLSCI 249 Denial, Faith, Reason: Sustainability and Survival EI
POLSCI 252 Life Within Capitalism: A History of its Values, Measures and Struggles EI, CZ
POLSCI 265S Introduction to American Political Thought EI, SS
POLSCI 268 Politics and Literature EI, ALP, SS
POLSCI 272 Human Rights in Theory and Practice CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 275 Left, Right, and Center: Competing Political Ideals CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 275S Left, Right, and Center: Competing Political Ideals CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 277D The Ethics of War: Self-Defense, Humanitarian Intervention, Terrorism and Law EI, SS
POLSCI 278 Roman Political Thought and Its Modern Legacy CCI, EI, CZ
POLSCI 291-1 Sophomore/Junior Independent Study Political Theory
POLSCI 297A Political Philosophy of Globalization CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 331 Prisoner's Dilemma and Distributive Justice EI, SS
POLSCI 340D The Modern Regulatory State EI, R, CZ, SS
POLSCI 341S Business and Human Rights Advocacy Lab EI, R, W
POLSCI 371 Marxism and Society EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 372 Sex, Politics and Feminist Philosophy EI, CZ
POLSCI 378 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud CCI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 378D Marx, Nietzsche, Freud CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 381 Greek and Roman Law CCI, CZ
POLSCI 383 Gender and Political Theory CCI, SS
POLSCI 384 Inequality in Western Political Thought CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 390-1 Special Topics in Political Theory
POLSCI 390S-1 Special Topics in Political Theory
POLSCI 391-1 Senior Independent Study in Political Theory
POLSCI 393-1 Sophomore/Junior Research Independent Study Political Theory R
POLSCI 449 Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Capstone R, SS
POLSCI 493-1 Senior Research Independent Study Political Theory R
POLSCI 502S Understanding Ethical Crisis in Organizations EI, R, SS
POLSCI 516S Rule of Law EI, SS
POLSCI 573S Intellectual History and Political Theory CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 574S Dissent, Disobedience and Revolution R, SS
POLSCI 575S Ancient Political Philosophy CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 576 Politics and Philosophy of Self and Other EI, SS
POLSCI 577S Nietzsche's Political Philosophy EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 578S Contemporary Theories of Democracy EI, SS
POLSCI 579S Topics in Early Modern Political Thought from Machiavelli to Mills CCI, R, SS
POLSCI 580S Social Theory and Social Practice
POLSCI 581S Heidegger EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 582S Contemporary Ethical Theories EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 583S Thucydides and the Realist Tradition CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 584S Modern Political Theory CCI, EI, SS
POLSCI 585S Adversarial Ethics EI, SS
POLSCI 586S Political Thought in the United States EI, SS
POLSCI 587S Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Civil Disobedience EI, SS
POLSCI 588S Toleration, Freedom of Conscience, and Religious Liberty CCI, EI, R, CZ
POLSCI 590-1 Intermediate Topics in Political Theory
POLSCI 675S Economy, Society, and Morality in Eighteenth-Century Thought R, SS
POLSCI 676S Hegel's Political Philosophy EI, R, SS
POLSCI 677S Contemporary Continental Political Thought EI, R, SS
POLSCI 678S Democracy and Constitutionalism EI, R, SS
POLSCI 679S The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy I EI, R, SS
POLSCI 680S The Past and Future of Capitalist Democracy II EI, R, SS
POLSCI 681S Law and Philosophy EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 684S Republicanism CCI, EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 685S Social Contract Theory EI, SS
POLSCI 686S Injustice, Domination and Exploitation EI, CZ, SS
POLSCI 690-1 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
POLSCI 690S-1 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
POLSCI 708 Democracy and the Rule of Law
POLSCI 788 Workshop in Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy
POLSCI 789 Workshop in Normative Political Theory and Political Philosophy II
POLSCI 890-1 Political Theory