POL*324*10 Description

American Political Thought

A study of the influence of values and ideologies upon the formation, evolution, and operation of the American constitutional and political system. In deference to the pragmatic character of American political thought, the course focuses on the writings of American statesmen as they confronted such continuing problems as the nature of teh Union, the contest between economic power and democratic power, and the responsibility of government for individual and social welfare. The course concludes with a consideration of teh relevance of American political doctrines for the contemporary issues of public policy. Prerequisite(s): POL 102