The Syllabus

Right now, the class is scheduled for Thursday mornings, 10-11:30 am in my office on the Lodi campus, 320 Kirby Hall. We’re in the process of making a change, but for now, the dates listed are Thursday dates. All the following works are available online. If you wish, you can, alternatively, buy any reputable edition of a given work. Feel free to ask for advice regarding which editions to buy.

1/18    William Shakespeare, The Tempest. As it’s hard to get a sense of what’s going on in the play without watching a theatrical production of it, doing so is a must: the easiest way to do that is to watch the 2010 film production (trailer).

1/25     Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Ideally, read the whole work. Otherwise, read chapters 1-3, 15-20, and 24-26.

2/1       Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, chs. 6, 10-13.

2/8       Hobbes, Leviathan, chs. 14-16.

2/15      Hobbes, Leviathan, 17-21.

2/22      John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, chs. 1-4.

3/1         Locke, Second Treatise, ch. 5.

3/8        No class (spring break)

3/15      Locke, Second Treatise, chs. 6-7.

3/22     Locke, Second Treatise, chs. 8-12.

3/29   No class (Easter break)

4/5      Locke, Second Treatise, 16-19; U.S. Declaration of Independence.

4/12    Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, 1-2 and 4.

4/19    J.S. Mill, The Subjection of Women.

[4/21   Felician Institute Event: Author-Meets-Critics Symposium on Vicente Medina’s Terrorism Unjustified, with Theresa Fanelli, Irfan Khawaja, Graham Parsons and Vicente Medina, 1-4:30 pm, Education Commons Building, Rutherford campus.]

4/26     The U.S. Constitution and James MadisonFederalist #10.

5/3      Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf.