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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Ahmed Siddiqi

BA/BS, University of North Texas

Ahmed Siddiqi


History of Political Thought

GOV 314 • Classics Of Socl/Polit Thou

37684 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 1.134
(also listed as CTI 302 )
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Classics of Social and Political Thought

CTI 302/GOV 314

Unique 33005/37684

Tuesday, Thursday; 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm

Garrison 1.134

Ahmed Siddiqi


Course Overview


This class is a study of classic texts in the history of political economy. The basic problem of this course is to look at questions about economics from a political point of view. This is not a class in      economic theory, but one that attempts to achieve a broader perspective on how economic questions are resolved. In addition to economic prosperity, we will consider other, sometimes             competing, goals of the community, including the inculcation of virtue, the protection of freedom and equality, the cultivation of religion, and adherence to the moral law. We will approach these topics through the study of the great books.


List of Texts


            Aristotle. Politics. Trans. Peter Simpson. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0807823279.

            Thomas Aquinas. On Law, Morality, and Politics. Hackett Publishing. ISBN 9780872206632.

            John Locke. Second Treatise of Government. Hackett. ISBN 0915144867.

            Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Volumes 1 and 2. Liberty                                    Fund. ISBN 0865970068 and 0865970076.

            Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The Major Political Writings. Trans. John Scott. The University of Chicago                                 Press. ISBN 9780226921860.

            Karl Marx. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. Prometheus Books. ISBN 087975446X.

            Friedrich Hayek. The Road to Serfdom. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226320553.


Course Requirements


            30%—Final exam

            50%—Two 5-7 page papers on topics to be assigned in class, each worth 25% of overall grade

            10%—Weekly quizzes

            10%—Attendance and participation

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