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Online · Helms School of Government · Government

Modern Political and Economic Ideas
GOVT-302

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Survey of political and economic thought since the 16th century including the Christian influence in the development of modern Western freedom and justice. Emphasis will be placed on the emergence and scope of the disciplines of economics, political science, public administration and public policy.

Requisites

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The primary purpose of this course is to help the student gain an understanding of the main intellectual influences that have shaped the current political and economic culture. Significant philosophers will be examined from a Christian perspective with particular attention paid to the dangers some intellectuals have posed to a Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major concepts in modern political and economic philosophies.
  2. Compare modern political and economic philosophies showing where Christianity agrees and differs with the ideas of modern political thinkers.
  3. Analyze political concepts.
  4. Assess the impact various thinkers have had on our current political situations.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The following textbook/material will be mailed to the student free of charge:

Cahn, Steven. M. Classics of Moral and Political Philosophy. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011.

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Strauss, Leo and Joseph Cropsey, eds. History of Political Philosophy. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment.
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  5. Turabian Writing Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/academics/casas/academicsuccess/index.cfm?PID=11954

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are a collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and must include 3 citations in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 50 words. Acceptable sources include the textbooks and the Bible.

Schaeffer Worksheet

The student will watch videos by Dr. Francis Schaeffer about the Reformation. The student will complete a worksheet by answering questions related to the Schaeffer videos.

Activities (2)

The student will complete 2 interactive presentations that apply philosophical concepts to contemporary problems and give a framework for understanding how they contrast to a biblical worldview. In order to receive credit for the assignment, it must be completed in full.

Worldview Worksheet

The student will view a presentation and complete a worksheet by answering questions related to the presentation’s content. Answers to the questions must be well-organized and use proper grammar.


Research Paper

The student will write a research paper that demonstrates a mastery of the learned materials by comparing and contrasting the ideas of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and J. J. Rousseau. The Research Paper must be at least 10 pages (including the title page and bibliography) and in current Turabian format. The student will also write an outline. Each page must contain at least 3 citations from assigned readings and Scripture.

Tests (3)

The student will complete 3 tests. The tests cover the course content of the specified modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain of 40 multiple-choice and 2 essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 120 pts ea)

240

Schaeffer Worksheet

100

Activity 1

25

Activity 2

25

Worldviews Worksheet

50

Research Paper

200

Test 1

(Modules 1–2)

120

Test 2

(Modules 3–5)

120

Test 3

(Modules 6–8)

120

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

GOVT 302

Textbooks: Cahn, Classics of Moral and Political Philosophy (2011).

Strauss & Cropsey, History of Political Philosophy (1987).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

3 presentations

1 lecture note

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Schaeffer Worksheet

10

0

100

2

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Test 1

120

3

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

DB Forum 1

120

4

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

2 presentations

1 lecture note

DB Forum 2

120

5

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Test 2

120

6

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

1 presentation

2 websites

Research Paper

200

7

Cahn: Selected readings

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

2 presentations

1 lecture note

Activity 1

Activity 2

Worldviews Worksheet

25

25

50

8

Strauss & Cropsey: Selected readings

1 presentation

1 lecture note

Test 3

120

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.