PO 336C Ancient Political Thought: The Search for Justice (3)
An analysis of the political thought of Ancient Greece in the 5th century B.C. with an eye to its relevance to contemporary societies. Within the central focus of exploring issues of what a just society is and how one might be achieved, specific topics are: the aims of the state; the concept and practice of democracy; tyranny and totalitarianism; and the nature and objectives of power, class structure, and justice. Special emphasis will be placed on a comparison of the political ideas of Plato and Aristotle with those of more modern political philosophers such as Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke, Edmund Burke, and John Stuart Mill.