CO-1. Explain the intellectual origins of Western political tradition, beginning with Plato and Aristotle’s understanding of human nature, reason, virtue, politics and the good and just society.
CO-2. Explain the origins of Western political thought according to early-to-medieval Christian thinkers, Augustine and Aquinas, on human nature, reason, natural law, virtue and political rule.
CO-3: Explain the dawn of the political liberal tradition according to Machiavelli and Hobbes on human nature (state of nature), reason, equal freedom, natural right, and emerging ideas of sovereignty and consensual political rule.
CO-4: Explain classical liberal political thought according to John Locke’s social contract theory on developing ideas about the state of nature, reason, natural law and rights, equality and freedom and popular sovereignty and consent.
CO-5: Explain the differences from classical liberal thought according to the critiques of liberal thinkers Rousseau and Kant on human nature (state of nature), modern reason, equality and freedom and the social contract.
CO-6: Explain the continued differences on ideas about equality, freedom and rights in the modern liberal state and institutions according to critical historical theorists Hegel and Marx.
CO-7: Explain the debates in modern liberal thought and politics according to J.S. Mill’s discourse on liberty, equality, individuality, consent and coercion, and best forms of government.
CO-8: Explain the ideas and debates among contemporary political theorists on key concepts of liberty, equality, rights and justice in pluralistic liberal democratic societies.