W2LK to PS1—Topics for the Third Essay

Your first essay is due Friday, December 10 by 4:00PM in the mail slot in 1310 Girvetz.

Topic: Choose a major concept covered by at least three of the authors studied in PS1, and write an essay with a clear, arguable thesis, using citations from the texts as support in a continuous essay. The objective of the assignment is to develop an argument about an abstract concept, rather one or two particular thinkers, while engaging in the discussion of that topic held over the history of political thought.

Among the concepts covered that could make an interesting essay: equality and inequality, including discussions of their origins; liberty, or its lack; majority rule; the role of the monarchy; the extent of government power; revolution; consent; the separation of powers; or international relations.

A strong argument could follow one of the following principles: