Maricopa Community Colleges  PHI224   19952-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 9-27-1994

PHI224  1995 Spring – 2011 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Political Philosophy

Predominant figures and theories in Euroamerican political philosophy from Plato to contemporary social/political philosophers.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


PHI224  1995 Spring – 2011 Fall

Political Philosophy



Identify and explain the challenges to the philosophical study of political systems. (I)


Describe the relationship between government and civil society. (I)


Trace the historical development of the predominant theories of government. (II)


Compare and contrast theories of government. (III)


Apply the theories to current tensions in civil society. (IV)


Critically evaluate the theories in light of their application to current and future issues. (V)

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PHI224  1995 Spring – 2011 Fall

Political Philosophy


I. Historical Background and Challenges

A. Beginnings of civil society

1. In ancient Greek culture

2. In Europe (1400's-present)

B. Rise of political systems

1. Oligarchy

2. Monarchy

3. Democracy

II. Theories of Government

A. Historical origins of theories of governments

1. Economic and cultural considerations

2. Historical materialism

B. Arguments underlying classical theories of government

1. Natural Law theory

2. Contractarian theory

3. Classic Liberalism

4. Marxism

III. Analysis of Theories of Government

A. Justice vs. Social Utility

B. Strengths and theories of government weaknesses of predominant

IV. Applications to Current Societal Problems

A. Proposed solutions to current problems

B. Effectiveness of predominant theories of government

V. Future Concerns of Political Philosophy

A. Changes and improvement on predominant theories

B. Civil society in the Third Millenium



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