Politics of Good and Evil Engaged Living Furman University
We human beings are strange animals...the one and only political animals. Why do we human beings alone organize ourselves into political regimes and govern ourselves with laws? How should we order our political communities so as to encourage the flourishing of our distinct nature? Explore questions such as these with aid of great thinkers such as Alexis de Tocqueville. Examine what political psychologists have learned about good and evil and how it is manifested in the political world. Consider the most fundamental ethical question, "How should I live?" while examining your own personal life choices and experiences.

Witness the "real world" impact of good and evil and engage history beyond the classroom. Take a trip to visit one of the United States Holocaust Museum's traveling exhibits to understand malevolent behavior or to exhibits at the Carter Center or King Center in Atlanta to consider courageous and altruistic leadership.


Fall: FYW 1138: Know Yourself (which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement) considers, in a wisdom-seeking spirit, what some of the Western tradition’s greatest philosophers have written about the fundamental human questions: love and friendship, politics and justice, happiness and misery, death and God.

Spring: POLI 220: Political Psychology (which fulfills the Ultimate Questions GER) examines how political psychologists explain political behavior and how it is manifested in the political world. The psychological, social and political underpinnings of terrorism, genocide, torture and mass killings, among other things, will be studied as will the factors contributing to heroic and altruistic political behavior. The course will include a consideration of the ethical/moral requirements for human behavior.

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