Earl Sheridan

Earl Sheridan

Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs
University of North Carolina, Wilmington


Teaching Areas: Political Theory, Comparative Government and African-American Politics

Contact Me



Email : sheridan@uncw.edu

Phone : (910) 962 - 3222

Address : 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 Leutze Hall Room 270

Background



Education:

PhD Political Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville '80

MA Political Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville '77

BA Political Science, Appalachain State University '75

Research Topics:

American Political Thought

Contemporary Ideologies

African American Political Thought

Conservatism

Courses



PLS 101: American National Government

Survey of basic principles, institutions and functions such as federalism, separation of powers, civil liberties and rights, judicial review, public opinion, political parties, elections and interest groups. Partially satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Understanding Human Institutions and Behaviors.

PLS 208: Politics and the Entertainment Media

Critical examination of political ideas from 1500 to 1900 with special attention to those of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hume, Burke, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, the Mills, Spencer, T.H. Green and Nietzsche.

PLS 212: Introduction to Political Theory

Fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of politics as treated by such writers as Plato, Augustine, Locke, Hobbes, and Marx.

PLS 313: Early Political Thought

Introduction to the origin and development of political theory from the 5th Century B.C. through the medieval era. Emphasis will be placed on the political ideas of Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans, the Stoics, Cicero, Augustine, medieval philosophers, and Aquinas in order to discover the recurring themes of political inquiry.

PLS 314: Modern Political Thought

Critical examination of political ideas from 1500 to 1900 with special attention to those of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Hume, Burke, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, the Mills, Spencer, T.H. Green and Nietzsche.

PLS 315: Contemporary Political Ideologies

Ideology and its significance in the modern world. Systematic analysis of the major political ideologies of the 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis on democracy, communism, fascism, nationalism, anarchism, and the New Left.

PLS 330: Political Systems of Africa

Governments and politics of selected sub-Saharan African states. A survey from colonial days to the present with emphasis on contemporary economic, social and political problems.

PLS 340: Blacks in American Politics

American political institutions and processes through the eyes of Black America. This study will analyze the power structure in the black community, dissent and protest, black participation in the political system, black leaders and politicians and their politics, and the uniqueness of black politics as compared with the wider spectrum of the political system. Satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Living in Our Diverse Nation.

PLS 415: American Political Thought

American political thought from the colonial period to the present.