PS5 - American Political Thought

Approval Status


Date Reviewed

September 2011
Investigates the influences of political theory on the development of the political system of the United States. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as: democracy, republicanism, liberty and political autonomy as well as how the constitution gives authority to the government while limiting its powers. Readings range from the ancient Greeks to early modern and contemporary writings. Topics include basic concepts from political philosophy; the forms and functions of the institutions of the federal government, and California state politics. (Satisfies the state requirements for American institutions and California government.) Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU, UC.