course in Politics and Government will deal with the themes of security
and freedom. Freedom is considered to be a central human
especially in the political realm, and yet various forms of voluntary
involuntary control may place significant limits on freedom. Security
is a central
concept in international politics but recent world events as well as
within the academy have led to new scrutiny of the term. What does it
to be secure? Who provides security?
As the culminating course for majors in the Department of Politics and Government, this course will tie together student's academic careers through encouraging students to integrate knowledge and skills their have acquired in other courses. Specifically students will work on reading for content, dissecting and analyzing arguments, and considering their policy implications. They will be asked to link theory with method, both in analyzing weekly readings, and through a semester research project.
The class will meet in a seminar format. This means that students must attend class fully prepared and ready to discuss. Each week students will be required to carefully read all the assignments. They must also write a 1-2 page reaction paper on those readings that will form the basis of class discussion. This is due the day before class (Monday) at noon. Students are also expected to fully participate in weekly discussion during the seminars. In addition students will formulate a research question and write a major research paper during the semester. The paper topic will link one or both class themes with an area of interest held by the student. Finally, students will write one exam.
for this class and are available for purchase at the bookstor at the
in the Gray Center. They are:
I reserve the right to
final exam, depending on the quality of weekly response papers. If I do
so, it will be worth 30% of the final grade.
(Note that assignments are tentative and will change)
January 18: Introduction
January 25: Security
*Machiavelli, selections from The
February 1: Security (II)
*UN Commission on Human Security, Human
Security Now, pp. 1-19
February 8: Freedom
February 15: Freedom (II)Dostoevsky, "The Grand Inquisitor"
*Reading on Alien and Sedition Act TBA
*Alan Dershowitz, Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age, Introduction <>
February 22: Freedom and Security
Brzezinski, Fortress America, ch. 3
*William Hudson, "The Eighth Challenge: The National Security State, in American Democracy in Peril, 4th. ed.
Snow, National Security for a New Era, chs. 5, 12
March 1: No Class
March 8: September 11th, freedom and security in the War on Terror
Fortress America, chs. 1, 2, 4
March 22: Spring Break: No Class
March 29: TBA
April 5: TBA
April 12: TBA
April 19: TBA
April 26: TBA
May 3: Course Wrap-up
Term projects due