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Political Science: About This Guide

Information and resources pertaining to the topic of political science and political philosophy.

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Poli-Sci CLASSES

PSC courses

PSC 101  American Government

PSC 102  State & Local Government

PSC 103  Introduction to Political Science

PSC 104  Illinois Government

PSC 110  Introduction to Politics

PSC 111  Political Parties & American Politics

PSC 201  Comparative Government

PSC 202  International Relations

PSC 204  International Terrorism

PSC 209  United States Foreign Policy

PSC 210  American Political Thought

PSC 216  Non-Western Comparative Government

PSC 250  International Security: War & Peace

PSC 290  Topics in Political Science

What is POLITICAL SCIENCE?

Political Science is the systematic study of political life. Political scientists seek answers to such questions as “What reasons justify the actions of government?” and “Whose interests are served by governments?”Image of head of Statue of Liberty, Paris 1883.

Political scientists study various forms of government as well as political parties, pressure groups, elections, international relations, and public administration.  All these are activities of individuals and groups and involve basic human relationships.

Political science deals with such fundamental values as equality, freedom, justice, and power.

 

Source: World Book v. 15, 2011;
Image: therationalizer.blogspot.com

A youtube video on POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Length: 44:25

Movers & Shakers in POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Greek Philosophers:
Aristotle  ♦  Plato
 
Scholasticism (late Middle Ages):
St. Thomas Aquinas
 
Secularism (Medieval):
Niccolò Machiavelli  ♦  Thomas Hobbes  ♦  Jean Bodin  ♦  Johannes Althusius  ♦  Hugo Grotius
 
Constitutionalism (mid-1600’s):
Richard Hooker  ♦  John Milton  ♦  James Harrington  ♦  John Locke
 
Liberalism:
Montesquieu  ♦  Jean-Jacques Rousseau  ♦  David Hume  ♦  Jeremy Bentham  ♦  John Stuart Mill  ♦  Immanuel Kant  ♦  Johann Gotlieb Fichte  ♦  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
 
Democracy and socialism:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau  ♦  Karl Marx  ♦  Friedrich Engels

Name source: World Book v. 15, 2011 ; Online source: www.biography.com