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The Polis of Springfield: The Simpsons and the Teaching of Political Theory

Woodcock, Pete (2006) The Polis of Springfield: The Simpsons and the Teaching of Political Theory. Politics, 26 (3). p. 192. ISSN 0263-3957

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      When students commence the study of political theory, they often lack the vocabulary necessary for that study and any specific examples of political societies other than their own. As a result, this article examines The Simpsons for examples that might help teachers of political theory to communicate key themes in political thought to undergraduates. In particular, this article suggests that Springfield is a model of a deliberative and participatory democracy, and therefore can be used as a model of these ideals, as well as providing examples of some of the challenges that they may face. In addition, it examines how The Simpsons may be used in teaching Mill's ‘Harm Principle’ and Plato's Republic.

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
      L Education > L Education (General)
      P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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      Depositing User: Sara Taylor
      Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 12:40
      Last Modified: 08 Feb 2011 15:31


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