POL 120 Political Ideologies & Issues

An introduction to major political ideologies and their relevance in contemporary political discourse. Students learn the beliefs and history of such ideologies as conservatism, liberalism, socialism, libertarianism, environmentalism, etc. The foundations of these views are traced through classic political texts and modern manifestations. The current versions of these ideologies are investigated by applying the ideologies to issues and politicians of today. Students learn the basic contours of today’s political beliefs, values, conflicts, and debates.