In Boston College’s How to Rule the World course, get ready to learn a little more about a very important person: yourself.
Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own ambitions — and perhaps discover a few more, says Professor Robert Bartlett.
“I get students to say the most remarkable things about themselves and their interests,” he says. “The whole of this course is an attempt to begin a kind of conversation with some of the greatest thinkers of the past in helping us to use our freedom or our liberty well.”
“What do some of the great teachers in world history tell us we need to know, to think about, to reflect on in order to understand ourselves and the world better?”
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“How to Rule the World” explores what it takes to gain and maintain political dominance. By examining the rules of some of early history’s great leaders, students will consider what knowledge must be acquired and what societal concerns must be addressed to govern well.
Some of the leaders studied in this course include a Persian emperor, an American president, a king of the Hebrew bible, a Shakespearean king, and Machiavelli, the teacher of princes.
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