Course Overview

New for 2021!

Are human beings political animals? What is just society and polity? Who should rule and what is the source of political legitimacy? What are limits of power? This course is an introduction to political theory and seeks answers to these questions that have always been at the heart of politics. It considers fundamental political concepts – human nature, citizenship, virtue, power,
sovereignty, governance, justice and freedom – and explores how Western and non-Western political thinkers have made sense of these concepts during ancient and modern times.

This course may consist of both Summer College Online students and Syracuse University undergraduates.

Course Objectives

  • Familiarizing students with the central debates in the field of political theory
  • Providing an overview of the works of some of the discipline’s most pertinent thinkers
  • Teaching students how to critically and analytically engage with the canonical texts
  • Helping students acquire the essential political vocabulary to formulate political questions and answers

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: PSC 125

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2021 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3 Credits

Grading: A-F

Cost: $2,985
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.


“I absolutely loved my time at Syracuse University Summer College 2020 and truly mean it when I say that it changed my life.”

— MaggieS.., Summer College Online Student, 2020.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College Online3-Week Session II: August 9 – August 27, 2021MTWThF;
3-4:30PM
3 CreditsClosed

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies. A supply and textbook listing will be sent to students before the start of the program.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend live synchronous online sessions.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Sefa Secen, Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate

Sefa Secen is currently a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His general research interests include refugees, international security, Middle East, Europe, and qualitative research methods. His dissertation project examines the factors that enabled or constrained the securitization of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Western Europe. Portions of his research have been published or are forthcoming in Global Security Studies, Forced Migration Review, and E-International Relations Journals. 


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