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CEL 100 Great Ideas Politics & Ethics (HU) I 88149 I  MWF 2-250 pm I  Dr. Kent Wright
This course introduces fundamental debates and ideas of politics in both the West and beyond. It surveys ancient, medieval and modern thinkers in the Greek, Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, tracing their influences on contemporary debates with focus on the great questions of human nature, social and political life, and the relationship between religion and politics. We study both the ideas and historical statesmanship of such figures as Plato, Cicero, Tertullian, Aquinas, Saadyah Gaon, Maimonides, AI-Farabi, lbn Rushd (Averroes), and AI-Ghazali, as well as various leaders and writers from modernity in America and abroad.

CEL 194 Globalism & Nationalism I 90885 I MWF 3:05-3:55 pm I Dr. Trevor Shelley
This course examines the contemporary debate over the globalist-nationalist divide, which many now argue is the more salient axis along which political opinion presently turns, rather than the traditional left-right division. Students will examine contemporary arguments and discussion regarding globalism and nationalism in a broader historical context of political and philosophical thought, to consider the present debate as a species of the inescapable tension between "the universal" and "the particular" in human life.

CEL 194 The Trial of Galileo I 90892 I TTh 9:00-10 :15 am I Dr. Karen Taliaferro
This course centers on an exciting mock trial-type exercise in which students assume roles as participants in the famous trail of Galileo for heresy. In this trial the new science, as brilliantly propounded by Galileo, collides with the elegant cosmology of Aristotle, Aquinas, and medieval Scholasticism. The issues range from the nature of faith and the meaning of the Bible to the scientific principles and methods as advanced by Copernicus, Kepler, Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo. Central texts include Aristotle's On the Heavens and Posterior Analytics; Galileo's Starry Messenger ( 1610), Letter to Grand Duchess Christina ( 1615) and Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems (1632); the declarations of the Council of Trent; and the Bible.

CEL 235 Debating American Constitutionalism I 90961 I MWF 12:55-1 :45 pm I Dr. Zachary German (Honors only)
Was the U.S. Constitution a mistake? During the constitutional ratification debates of 1787-88, the Anti-Federalists argued that it would be, while the Federalists maintained that it structured the government well and that it was the best governing document possible under the circumstances. In this course, we will examine the arguments, ideas, and questions raised by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Their debates provide resources to understand and contribute to contemporary political and constitutional debates, and they model how intellectually deep, and morally serious, public discourse can be. We will study their arguments and apply them to our current politics, while considering the rhetorical and other demands placed upon statesmen in constitutional, democratic systems. We will also consider the arguments of critics of American constitutionalism in American history and in the present day, as well as proposals to amend the Constitution.

CEL 294 American Constitution I I 85906 I MWF 2-2:50 pm I Dr. Sean Beienburg
This course is designed as the first of a two-part sequence on the Constitution and its law and development, with an emphasis on the powers and structures of government, specifically federalism, the separation of powers, and rule by the law of the Constitution itself. We will begin with a discussion of the American Founding, then move to the consolidation of judicial review as we, like earlier Americans, grapple with questions about what the Constitution is and who is authorized to interpret it. From there, we will turn to the division of powers between the states and the federal government and to the allocation of powers between Congress and the president, including in the realms of foreign policy and emergency powers. We also study the different understandings of constitutional interpretation (e.g. originalism and "living constitutionalism" that underlie these fundamental debates.  Unlike many such courses which focus nearly exclusively on judicial decisions and case law, we will situate such discussions within broader constitutional deliberations among legislators, presidents, governors, and the American people. The class will culminate in a moot court exercise.

CEL 294 Women in Political Thought & Leadership I 85926 I MWF 10:45-11:35 am I Dr. Carol McNamara (Honors only)
The role of women in the family and society is a persistent and foundational theme in the history of political thought from Sophocles' Antigone, Plato's presentation of the equal role of women in the Just City in his Republic, to the discussion of women by modern liberal political thinkers like John Locke in the Second Treatise of Government, John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women, and contemporary feminist writers from across the political spectrum. This course combines the treatment of women in the history of political thought, however, with the discussion of women in leadership roles in social and political movements and history. In the final section of the class, we will address a selection of case studies of women leaders in political life. These might include Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, Victoria, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, and Hillary Clinton.

CEL 294 Political Speechwriting I 90895 I MW 3:05-4:20 pm | Dr. Duncan Moench
This course will provide students hands-on training in the important art of political speechwriting. Students will study and analyze great political speeches of history and learn how to apply rhetorical techniques and skills to the kinds of political contexts in which politicians might find themselves today.

CEL 294 American Political Economy I 90887 I MWF 10:45-11:35 am I Dr. Peter McNamara
This course will provide historical, conceptual, and institutional perspective on issues of money and politics that have affected the United States in various forms throughout its history. American economic development will be explored in its close relation to politics at crucial moments in American history. Influential American economists will be studied alongside and in relation to their European counterparts and contemporaries.

CEL 300 Capitalism & Great Economic Debates I 88142 I MWF 8:35-9 :25 am I Dr. Peter McNamara
Exploring fundamental ideas and debates about economics and political economy in Western civilization, from ancient Greece to our globalized era, especially the major arguments about commerce and capitalism ideas that continue to shape economic debates in America and internationally, thus providing crucial foundations for future leadership roles in either public affairs or the private sector. Classic thinkers discussed in this seminar course include Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Montesquieu, Smith, Marx, Keynes, and Hayek, to understand the larger concepts of political economy and justice that provide crucial context for continuing debates about free markets, capitalism, economic efficiency, and inequality or fair opportunity.

CEL 375 Politics, Leaders & Revolutions I 91277 I MWF 11 :50 am-12:40 pm I Dr. Charles Drummond
This course will explore the broader historical context and conceptual background of the "Age of Revolutions" in the late 18th and early 19th centuries--including most prominently the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. Special attention will be given to the particular revolutionary leaders--such as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Henri Gregoire, and Toussaint Louverture--who acted within their unique historical contexts and on the basis of new political principles in constructing new political societies.

CEL 394 Liberty and Equality I 90890 I MWF 9:40-10:30 am I Dr. Charles Drummond
In this course, students will be introduced to the classic writings that gave birth to the modem political world. Important concepts such as the state of nature, the social contract, natural rights, laws of nature, liberty, equality, democracy, republicanism, political representation, popular sovereignty, and others are invented or given new meaning by political thinkers of the 17th and 18th centuries such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and others. These concepts lead, in turn, to the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and eventually the remaking of the political landscape throughout the world.

CEL 394 Arizona Politics & Constitutionalism I 90887 I W 4:50-7:35 pm I Dr. Sean Beienburg
This course will begin with a study of the Arizona state constitution and its relation to the Constitution of the United States, including an exploration of the concept of federalism in American political thought, history, and law. The second half of the course will be devoted to recent and contemporary Arizona state politics. This portion of the course will involve collaborating on legislation with current Arizona state representatives and senators who will visit the class in person.

CEL 394 Liberalism & Conservativism in America I 85945 I MW 6:00-7:15 pm I Dr. Duncan Moench
This course will examine two of the most prominent categories in American politics today: "liberalism" and "conservatism." Since both liberals and conservatives often have disagreements among themselves, we will study the intellectual origins and philosophies of the varieties of liberalism and conservatism in the United States, including classical liberalism, progressive liberalism, libertarianism, constitutional conservatism, traditional conservatism, and more. By providing students with a deeper understanding of the diverse viewpoints that shape the beliefs of American citizens, the course will help students to grapple more deeply with their own political and social positions, and it will prepare students to be leaders amid the diversity of American social and political life. Students will read philosophic texts closely, write analytic papers, and participate in class discussions.

CEL 394 Transatlantic Perspectives on Democracy I 85946 I MWF 11 :50 am-12:40 pm I Dr. Kent Wright (Honors only)
Tocqueville's Democracy in America has been described as "the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America." What this description suggests is that Tocqueville's writings contain deep insight into the nature of democratic societies and the character of the United States beyond his particular historical context. Tocqueville prompts us to consider the relationship between democracy and politics, law, philosophy, religion, economics, the arts, education, and more. We will read Democracy in America closely, and we will evaluate the extent to which "Tocquevillean" analyses shed light on contemporary democratic challenges in the US and beyond. Students will lead class discussions and write analytic papers.

CEL 394 Natural Law & the Common Good I 90893 I TTh 3:00-4:15 pm I Dr. Karen Taliaferro
In this course, students will be introduced to classic writings of the medieval era that explore the relationship between faith and reason, and that view the political community in relation to transcendent realities and purposes rather than the rights or desires of the isolated individual. Students will follow these medieval philosophers and theologians in their attempts to build on ancient philosophical insights while adhering to divine revelation. Connections between themes and concepts of importance to medieval authors --such as natural law and the common good--and modern criticisms of Western liberal democracy will be explored and discussed.

CEL 394 Philosophy, Politics & Economics I 90896 I TTh 9:00-10:15 am I Dr. Ross Emmett  (Honors only)
This course will explore the crucial intersections between these three normally separated disciplines. Although philosophy, politics, and economics are usually studied as separate fields, it is ultimately impossible to achieve a well-rounded understanding of any of them without simultaneously taking all three into account. Many of the most influential writers in these fields--from Plato and Aristotle to John Locke and Adam Smith--blended philosophy, politics, and economics seamlessly in their writings. Students will reach a more complete understanding of each of these fields of study by persistently viewing them in their connections with each other throughout the course.

CEL 394 Shakespeare's Leadership Lessons: Performance & Politics in the Pines I  90901 I Dr. Susan Carrase & Dr. Carol  McNamara I  August 8-15
This Pre-Fall Leadership Seminar is a dynmically-dated, week-long residential course focused on approaching leadership learning through literary exemplars. For five days, students will retreat to Prescott, AZ to examine Shakespeare's characters and their leadership dilemmas in Macbeth and The Tempest. Intellectual community will be fostered through performance, Socratic seminars, group reading, meals and hikes together. The final two days will take place in Phoenix where Ambassador Ken Adelman and Professor Carol Adelman of Movers and Shakespeares will come from Washington, DC to offer leadership workshops based on Henry V. Requires a $150 program fee that includes housing, meals, transportation, on-site activities, and ASU faculty support.

CEL 494 Politics & Literature I 91466 I TTh 12:00-1  :15 pm I Dr. Theresa Smart (schedule will say Staff until Dr. Smart joins SCETL in August)
In this course, students will be introduced to crucial political concepts and themes through the reading of great works of literature. Throughout history, skillful writers have attempted to speak to their political context, voice political opinions, or explore political concepts through the medium of literary fiction. Some works of literature have even had a direct and powerful impact on political realities in their own time. This course will introduce students to the political meaning and importance of both classic and recent works of literature.

CEL 494 Political Thought: Islam, Hinduism and Confucianism I 86034 I TTh 1:30-2:45 pm I Dr. Paul Carrese
This course compares selected texts in political thought, across civilizations or traditions, that address the ultimate foundation(s) for basic political principles such as justice and order. A special focus is the relationship between reason, religious faith, and custom or tradition as sources of authority for political thinking and action. We will focus on traditions and texts from Islam, Hinduism, and Confucianism. Western texts on religion, philosophy, and political authority are interspersed with readings from classic Eastern texts, 20th century political works by Eastern and Western thinkers, and recent scholarship.

CEL 494 Great American Leaders I 90899 I MWF 12:55-1: 45 pm I Dr. Jakub Voboril
This course will focus on the lives, times, and leadership qualities of prominent American leaders throughout our history. Leadership has taken many forms in American history, both political--as in the cases of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, or Barack Obama--and non-political--as in the cases of Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jane Addams, or Martin Luther King, Jr.

CEL 598 Politics and Justice  I T 4:50-7:35 pm  I  Dr. Adam Seagrave
This course will provide an overview of the four major periods of political thought--ancient, medieval, modern, and post-modern--and engage in close readings of classic texts from each of these periods. The concept of justice will serve as an organizing theme, complemented by analyses of other political concepts such as virtue, the common good, natural law, rights, liberty, and equality. Texts include Plato's Republic, St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Machiavelli's Prince, John Locke's Second Treatise of Government, and John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, among others.

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