Political Thought From Machiavelli and the Renaissance
Roy E Casagranda
POLS 3341
Section 06462
Office Phone: 713-743-3934
Office: 381 PGH
Office Hours: 4:30-5:30pm Mondays and Wednesday
E-Mail: Roy.Casagranda@mail.uh.edu
Group site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/twelveagle
Syllabus: http://www.casagranda.com/Machiavelli.html

Nicolo Machiavelli
May 3, 1469 - June 21, 1527

Classroom: 343 PGH
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 pm Mondays and Wednesday

Spring Semester AY 2001-2002
Department of Political Science
University of Houston
Houston, TX  77204-3474

This class satisfies either a core course for cultural heritage or a core humanities course.

This course is intended to equip its students with a basic foundation in modern political theory.  To do this I have divided the course into two sections.  The first section will cover Nicolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, John Locke’s Second Treatise, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract, and Marx’s Communist Manifesto.  The second part will cover Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Richard Bernstein’s Beyond Objectivism and Relativism, and Seyla Benhabib’s anthology Democracy and Difference.

All papers should be double-spaced with 1” top and bottom margins and 1.25” right and left margins at 10 or 11 font.  The grade will be based classroom participation 10%, 6 three-page papers 40%, a 6 – 9 page mid-term paper 20%, 6 one-page journal article summaries 10%, and a final 20%.

Students may substitute three pages of written work with an oral presentation.  Students may substitute three pages of written work by attending Southwest Political Science Association meeting http://www.uta.edu/pols/swpsa/chairs.htm and http://www.apsanet.net/PS/organizations/state/swpsa.cfm.  And student may substitute 3 pages of written work by participating in three Machiavelli diplomacy simulations.  The first three-page paper, the midterm paper, and final cannot be substituted out.  All students must write the first three-page paper, the mid-term paper, and the final exam.

No late papers will be accepted.  There will be no make up work.  If you fail to turn in a paper on time, then you need to plan on doing substitute assignments or else you will get an F for that grade.

Please note that cheating and plagiarism are both serious offenses with penalties that range from failing grades to expulsion. Please refer to the student handbook for university policies concerning academic honsety.  These will be enforced.

Students should not miss more than three classes.  Upon missing a fourth class the professor will drop you from the course.

There will be no incompletes for this course.  Students not completing the course will simply be given a grade based on the percentage of the course completed. It is entirely  possible to pass the class without completing all of the work, however, students doing this should not expect a high grade.

Texts required for this course:
The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli, trans. by Leo Paul S. de Alvarez
Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes, ed. by Richard Tuck
Two Treatises of Government, John Locke, ed. by Peter Laslett
On the Social Contract, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, ed. by Roger Masters
The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx, Pathfinder edition
Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche, trans. by Walter Kaufmann
The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
Beyond Objectivism and Relativism, Richard Bernstein
Democracy and Difference, ed. by Seyla Benhabib

Spring Semester 2002
Jan 14  Introduction
Jan 16  Machiavelli
Jan 21  MLK Day (no class)
Jan 23  Machiavelli
Jan 28  Machiavelli
Jan 30  Hobbes
Feb 04  Hobbes
Feb 06  Hobbes
Feb 11  Locke
        Last day to drop without a grade
Feb 13  Locke
Feb 18  Locke
Feb 20  Rousseau
Feb 25  Rousseau
Feb 27  Marx
Mar 04  Spring Break (no class)
Mar 06  Spring Break (no class)
Mar 11 Mid-term research
Mar 13 Mid-term research
Mar 18 Marx
         Mid-term paper due
Mar 20 Nietzsche
Mar 25 Nietzsche
Mar 27 Nietzsche
Mar 27 - 30 SWPSA
Apr 01  Arendt
Apr 02  Last day to drop or withdraw
Apr 03  Arendt
Apr 08  Arendt
Apr 10  Bernstein
Apr 15  Bernstein
Apr 17  Benhabib
Apr 22  Benhabib
Apr 24  Benhabib
Apr 29  Benhabib
May 01  May Day (no class)
         Final three-page paper due
May 08  Final 5-8pm

Helpful links:

Recommended texts:
Maurizio Viroli, Nicolo's Smile
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Art of War
Nicolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy
George Kateb, Hannah Arendt
Richard Bernstein, The Restructuring of Social and Political Theory
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra