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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

  • Course Code :
    PSC 201
  • Level :
    Undergraduate
  • Course Hours :
    3.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Political Mass Media

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Area of Study :

This course discusses the big questions of Western political thought such as the relationship between politics and ethics, the relationship between the state and society, religion, family, social classes, individuals, women and other states. It analyzes these issues through a critical reading of classical authors from antiquity to the twentieth century within their historical context such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hume, Hamilton, Burke, Mill and Max Weber. The course also treats Arab political thought since the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. It distinguishes between the major trends that emerged during this period: the nationalist, the liberal and the socialist trends. Moreover, the course touches on the perception of different Arab thinkers of key concepts such as: nation, identity, justice, reform, secularism and democracy. Course Goals: • Distinguish between main thinkers. • Analyze the relation between the classic and modern theories. • Formulate academic argument in the form of a research paper.

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

This course discusses the big questions of Western political thought such as the relationship between politics and ethics, the relationship between the state and society, religion, family, social classes, individuals, women and other states. It analyzes these issues through a critical reading of classical authors from antiquity to the twentieth century within their historical context such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hume, Hamilton, Burke, Mill and Max Weber. The course also treats Arab political thought since the nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth century. It distinguishes between the major trends that emerged during this period: the nationalist, the liberal and the socialist trends. Moreover, the course touches on the perception of different Arab thinkers of key concepts such as: nation, identity, justice, reform, secularism and democracy.

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Identify key concepts in the Arab political thought.
2- Explain the relationship between politics and ethics, and that between the state and society, religion, family, social classes, individuals, women and other states.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Distinguish between the classic and modern Western and Arab political thought.
2- Compare the thought of different prominent classical Western and Arab political thinkers.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Write reports analyzing such Western and Arab political thought.
2- Develop argumentative skills to employ in an academic environment.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Use critical thinking.
2- Develop academic writing skills.

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction 3 1
Relationships: state, society, religion, family, social classes, individuals, and women. 3 1
Greek political thought 3 1
Roman political thought 3 1
Christian political thought 3 1
Modern Western political thought 3 1
Midterm Exam 1
Politics during the prophetic state and the Khulafaa' al-Rashedoon 3 1
Constants and variables in Islamic politics 3 1
Key Arab and Muslim philosophers (part 1) 3 1
Key Arab and Muslim philosophers (part 2) 3 1
Key politicians in the Islamic Renaissance 3 1
Islamic politics in the age of Modernity 3 1
Theoretical challenges 3 1
Final Exam 1

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Data show and computer in lectures
Group discussion
Research Paper
Debates

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Class work (assignments, quizzes, research papers, class attendance, class participation) 30.00 To assess understanding.
Final Exam 40.00 15 To assess knowledge and intellectual skills
Midterm Exam (s) 30.00 7 To assess professional skills

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Evolution of Arab and Western Political Thought

Books:

Book Author Publisher
Arabic Thought In The Liberal Age 1798-1939 Albert Hourani Cambridge
Great Political Thinkers From Plato to The Present William Ebenstein , Alan Ebenstein Wadsworth Cengae

Recommended books :

Anouar Abdel-Malek, Contemporary Arab Political Thought, Zed Books Ltd, 1984. Ibn Taymiyyah, The Political Shariyah on Reforming the Ruler, Dar ul Fiqh UK, 2000.

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