Course Schedule

The dates below outline what we will be working on in each class session, as well as due dates. Students should come to class having done the work assigned prior to the date listed.

Date

Assignment

8/31

Introduction to the Course

No Reading

9/2

Politics: A First Slice

 

Danzinger, "Politics and Knowledge," ch. 1 of Understanding the Political World
Packer, "The Empty Chamber: Just How Broken is the Senate?" The New Yorker


 
Power

9/7

The Faces of Power

Balbus, chs. 2, 15

9/9

The Faces of Power II

Peter Digeser “The Fourth Face of Power,” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 54, No. 4 (Nov., 1992), pp. 977-1007
Baglione, chs 1-2

9/14

Power and Knowledge

Balbus, ch. 16
Foucault,

9/16

The Market and Power

Bulbus, pp. 61-75
Pooley, pp. 1-51

9/21

Power in the Everyday

Weber, "The Three Types of Legitimate Rule,"
Rudolph and Rudolph, The Modernity of Tradition, excerpts

9/23

Power and Resistance

Scott, Weapons of the Weak, excerpts
Baglione, ch. 3
Short Paper #1 due


 
Conflict

9/28

Politics and Conflict

Lilla, "The Tea Party Jacobins" The New York Review of Books

9/30

Mediated Conflict

Bulbus, chs. 4-5
Pooley, pp. 53-101
Research Paper Topic due

10/5

Unmediated Conflict

IR readings TBA
Baglione, ch. 4

10/7

Resources in Conflict

Shiva, introduction, chs. 2-3

10/12

Identity and Conflict

Bulbus, pp. 125-55
Moufe, "Democratic Politics and the Question of Identity"
Baglione, ch.5

10/14

Identity and Conflict II

Bulbus, pp. 162-82
Muller, "Us and Them," Foreign Affairs March/April 2008, pp. 18-35
Research Paper Outline due

10/19

Identity and Conflict III

 

Huntington, "A Clash of Civilizations"
Murder in Amsterdam, chs. 1-2


 
Justice

10/21

Politics and Justice

 
Readings TBA

10/26

Conceptions of Justice

 
Rawls, A Theory of Justice, excerpts
King, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

10/28

Resources, Rights and Justice

 
Shiva, chs. 1, 6
Pooley, Part 5

11/2

Justice and the Law

 

Bulbus, chs. 1, 3
Baglione, ch. 7
Research Paper Draft due

11/4

Justice and Markets

 
Bulbus, ch. 11
"Court Kills Limits on Corporate Politicking," Wall Street Journal, 1/22/10

11/9

Justice Abroad

 

Siddique, "Taliban Offer Alternative Justice," Asia Times

11/11

Global Justice

 

ICC Reading TBA
Short Paper 2 due


 
Institutions

11/16

Origins

 

Tilly, "War Making and State Making as Organized Crime"

11/18

Democracy and its Alternatives

 

Bulbus, ch. 4
Przeworski, "Democracy and Economic Development"
Diamond, "Why are There no Arab Democracies?"

11/23

Institutions and Representation

 

Madison, Federalist #47
Bulbus, ch.5

11/25

Thanksgiving: No class

   

11/30

Societal Institutions

 

Bulbus, chs. 6-8
Pooley, part 6
Research Paper Final Draft due

12/2

Global Governance

 

Bulbus, ch. 14
Shiva, chs. 4-5

12/7

States and Effective Governance

 

Rotberg, The New Nature of Failed States, excerpts

12/9

Class Wrap-up/Catch-up Day

 

No Readings
Final Exam distributed

POL 200: Politics


Dept. of Politics and Govt
University of Hartford
Michael Clancy


class: T/R: 9:25-10:40
office: H123b
office Hours: T/R 1:30-2:30

contact info
clancy@hartford.edu
x4284

POL 200: Politics