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Classics of Social and Political Thought III

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses

*Taught Online*  The Classics of Social and Political Thought sequence serves to introduce students to some seminal texts, issues, and problems in the history of social and political theory. Issues we will address this quarter include: the emergence of a mass-based social order and possibilities for ameliorating the excesses of such an order, the status of the individual and the possibility of human excellence in mass societies, the relationship between Christianity and the modern social and political order, radical critiques of liberal-capitalist and mass-based social orders, differing notions of emancipation, the social consequences of the death of God, the conditions for and logic of totalitarianism, and the possibilities for and limitations on genuine human agency and political responsibility.

At least as important as the foregoing, this course also seeks to develop the vital skills of thoughtful criticism, interpretation, and analysis, and their expression in both the written and spoken word. These operations should be directed not only at the texts assigned but also at the presumptions and biases you bring to the texts and at the claims made by the other members of our discussion, including the instructor.

Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

Must take SOSC 15100 and 15200 Classics of Social and Political Thought I and II prior to taking this course. 

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

July 25

End Date

August 12

Class Details

Primary Instructor

David Watling

Academic Interest

Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

SOSC 15300 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


4:30 P.M.


Session III

Course Length

3 weeks