Fall/Winter Timetable

POL200Y1Y L0101

Political Theory: Visions of the Just/Good Society


A selective presentation of critical encounters between philosophy and politics, dedicated to the quest for the articulation and founding of the just/good society. Among the theorists examined are Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes and Locke.


Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae and On Kingship; Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince and The Discourses; Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan; John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration and the Second Treatise of Government. All of these readings are available on-line (URLs will be provided).

Format and Requirements

Tutorial Participation: 10%
Tutorial Question: 10%
Term Paper: 30%
Final Examination: 50%

POLB70H3 or POLB71H3 or POLC70H3 or POLC71H3 or POL200Y5