Course Calendar

A list of all the reading and writings assignments for the semester.


In-Class Focus

Reading Assignments

Writing Assignments

Tues 1/24

A World In Crisis

Hamlet, Acts 1 & 2


Thurs 1/26

Internal Causes

Hamlet, Act 3


Tues 1/31

The End of Innocence

Hamlet, Acts 4 & 5

Post on problems forum

Thurs 2/2

A New Sort of Prince

Machiavelli, 505-511; 5-55


Tues 2/7

Violence or Law

Machiavelli, 56-100


Thurs 2/9

Discourses on Livy

Machiavelli, 101-154

Post on problems forum

Tues 2/14

A More Perfect Republic

Machiavelli, 155-207


Thurs 2/16

Stopping the Mob

Machiavelli, 208-287

Post on solutions forum

Tues 2/21

What is man?

Hobbes, up to Part I, xii


Thurs 2/23

On Contracts

Hobbes, Finish Part I


Tues 2/28

The Commonwealth

Hobbes, up to xxvi

Thurs 3/1

General Discussion

5-page essay due

Tues 3/6

No Class

Town Meeting Day


Thurs 3/8

Glimmers of liberalism

Hobbes, finish Part II

Post on solutions forum

Tues 3/13-22

No Class

Spring Break


Tues 3/27

Writing Political Theory

Read "Guidelines" on Courses


Thurs 3/29

What is prophecy?

Spinoza, up to Ch. 5


Tues 4/3

On the interpretation of scripture

Spinoza, Chaps 5-9

 Revised Paper Due

Thurs 4/5

Philosopher or Apostle?

Spinoza, Chap 10-14

Tues 4/10

The free commonwealth

Spinoza, finish TPT


Thurs 4/12

On Freedom

Tues 4/17

Dividing the kingdom

King Lear, first half


Thurs 4/19

Rule without trust

Finish King Lear


Tues 4/24

Of Civil and Political Power

Locke, Second through Chap. IX

Thurs 4/26

Rights of Rebellion

Locke, Finish Second Treatise


Tues 5/1

Toleration & Student Evaluation

 Locke, A Letter Concerning…

5 page essay due



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