Liberal Arts > Philosophy

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Division: Liberal Arts
  • Discipline: Philosophy
  • Units (Credits): 3.00

I. Catalog Course Description

Provides readings and discussion of theories concerning the nature of society and political structure from classical and contemporary philosophers.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should have a familiarity of the various political forms of government, their origin in history, their underlying philosophy, their evolution, some of their shortcomings, and their place in the world today.

Each political form will be identified, along with its assumptions, its origin, and its consequences with an underlying social philosophy that reflects a view of the nature of human nature with inherent problems and potential remedies endemic to them.

III: Course Linkage

This course links to Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of General Studies programs at WNC. It also fulfills general education and elective requirements.

The students will be expected to understand the philosophy of various forms of politics and how each may relate to local, regional, national, and international government policies and social problems. It is also hoped that the student will be able to locate themselves within an ideological framework that will be transmitted toward local, state, and national participation.


  • Demonstrate college-level writing skills appropriate to their degree or certificate.
  • Demonstrate oral communication skills appropriate to their degree or certificate.


  • Know the principles of critical thinking appropriate to transfer degrees.

Personal Development:

  • Develop effective and efficient learning skills.

Community Commitment:

  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity issues pertaining to the influence of gender and religious culture on the individual.

Scheduled PHIL-207 classes:

Fall 2019