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ERIC Number: EJ815697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Getting Outside the Canon: The Role of World, Contemporary, and Lesser Known Texts in the Political Theory Curriculum
Parrish, Rick
Journal of Political Science Education, v3 n3 p277-291 Sep 2007
This article addresses the pros and cons of incorporating more non-canonical political theory into our introductory political theory courses. I begin by identifying what I take to be the goals of an introductory political theory class. Based on these four goals, I examine the reasons why we tend not to include non-canonical works in our introductory courses. Next, I move on to a discussion of the advantages of incorporating more non-canonical theory. I argue that the advantages of adding more non-canonical theory to our introductory courses outweigh the disadvantages, and propose that we make conscious efforts to get outside the canon. Finally, I present suggested course syllabi based on my own introductory courses, in the hope that these critiques might help us develop courses that are better at meeting the goals I laid out at the beginning of the article. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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