Introduction to Political and Legal Thinking: Class Schedule

Spring 2010 syllabus (pdf)

Class Schedule (subject to change as necessary)

February 8

Course Introduction

Letter of Introduction due via email by 5pm on February 9, 2010.

Ancient Democracy and Its Discontents

February 10

Ancient Athens

Paul Woodruff, The Life and Death of Democracy; Threshold of Democracy 103-115.
Reading Questions: Ancient Athens

February 12

Thucydides and Xenophon

The Threshold of Democracy 59-69, 73-102.
Reading Questions: Thucydides and Xenophon

February 15

Plato, Apology

Reading Questions: Apology

February 17

Plato, Crito

Reading Questions: Crito

February 19

Plato, The Republic Books I and II.

Reading Questions: The Republic 1

February 22

Plato, The Republic Books III-V.

Reading Questions: The Republic 2
Simulation role questionnaires distributed.

February 24

Plato, The Republic, Books VI and VII.

Reading Questions: The Republic 3
Simulation role questionnaires collected.

February 26

Plato, The Republic, Books VIII-X.

March 1

Athens Game Preparation

Read The Threshold of Democracy 1-58. Pretest, portfolio assignment, role distribution.

March 3

Faction meetings

March 5

Public Session #1 (Reconciliation)

Paper #1: at least two from each faction.
  • Herald: Ben Batz
  • Assembly President: Ben Brandt
  • March 8

    Public Session #2 (Government Agency)

    Paper #1: at least two from each faction; 3 indeterminates.
  • Herald: Kelsey Koch
  • Assembly President: Jasmine Porter
  • March 10

    Public Session #3 (Social Welfare)

    Paper #1: all remaining students.
  • Herald: Maren Lodge
  • Assembly President: Tyler Schultz
  • March 12

    Public Session #4 (Possible Court Day/Open)

    Paper #2: at least two from each faction.
  • Herald: Joel Jonsson
  • Assembly President: Hanna Haileyesus
  • March 15

    Public Session #5 (Electorate)

    Paper #2: at least two from each faction; 3 indeterminates.
  • Herald: Alina Stevenson
  • Assembly President: Aaron Smith
  • March 17

    Public Session #6 (Remilitarization)

    Paper #2: all remaining students.
  • Herald: Irma Marquez
  • Assembly President: Caitlin Robb
  • March 19

    Post-mortem

    Post-test, online evaluation.

    March 22

    Post-mortem, day 2.

    Modern Liberalism and Its Discontents

    March 24

    Introduction to the Enlightenment and the Emergence of Liberalism

    Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, selections. Also see the frontispiece to Leviathan.
    Reading Questions: Hobbes 1

    March 26

    Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

    Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, selections.
    Reading Questions: Hobbes 2
    Portfolios due.

    March 29

    Spring Break

    March 31

    Spring Break

    April 2

    Spring Break

    April 5

    Spring Break

    April 7

    John Locke

    John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government, selections.
    Reading Questions: Locke

    April 9

    The Philosophes: Voltaire and Diderot

    Voltaire, The Philosophical Dictionary, selections; Denis Diderot, Encyclopedia, selections. For additional Encyclopedia entries, see The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert at the University of Michigan.
    Reading Questions: Voltaire and Diderot

    Dialogue assignment due.

    April 12

    Jean Jacques Rousseau

    Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France 68-80. Begin reading The Social Contract.
    Reading Questions: Rousseau 1

    April 14

    Jean Jacques Rousseau

    Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, I and II.
    Reading Questions: Rousseau 2

    April 16

    Jean Jacques Rousseau

    Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, III and IV.
    Reading Questions: Rousseau 3

    April 19

    Edmund Burke

    Burke Selections in Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France 81-118.
    Reading Questions: Burke

    April 21

    French Revolution Game Preparation

    Read Rousseau, Burke, and the French Revolution 119-169. Pretest, portfolio assignment, role distribution.

    April 23

    French Revolution Game Preparation
    Faction meetings.


    April 26

    National Assembly 1


    April 28

    MayDay!
    Newspapers, vol. 1, due for each faction, indeterminates turn in biographical sketch.

    April 30

    National Assembly 2


    May 3

    National Assembly 3


    May 5

    National Assembly 4

    Newspapers, vol. 2, due.

    May 7

    National Assembly 5


    May 10

    National Assembly 6

    Newspapers, vol. 3, due.

    May 12

    National Assembly 7


    May 14

    Post-mortem 1

    Post-test, dialogue and portfolio assignments, online evaluations.

    May 17

    Post-mortem 2

    Read Rousseau, Burke, and the French Revolution 170-182.

    May 19

    Wrap-up

    Portfolios due.