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The Development of American Political Institutions
T 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Schlozman, Daniel, Sheingate, Adam
The Development of American Political Institutions AS.190.632 (01)
This course explores institutional development in American national politics, from the Founding until the present. It traces parties, Congress, the presidency, bureaucracy, and courts, and also examines how those institutions have interacted with one another across American history. Throughout the course, we will consider how ideas, interests, procedures, and sequence together shape institutions as they collide and abrade over time. Finally, although it hardly covers the entire corpus across the subfield, the course is also designed to prepare students to sit for comprehensive examinations in American politics.
Days/Times: T 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Schlozman, Daniel, Sheingate, Adam
Seats Available: 14/15
T 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Katz, Richard Stephen
Political Corruption AS.190.634 (01)
Political corruption is widely seen to be an impediment to economic and political development and stability. But what is political corruption? The common definition of corruption as abuse of power for private gain is too vague to be of serious scholarly use. Is “abuse” culturally specific or merely a synonym for “illegal” - or even worse, for undesirable according to some unspecified standard? Does “private gain” refer only to under-the-table cash payments to a corrupt official, or does it extend to intangible private benefits, and does it extend to gains for identifiable favored groups (“club goods”) and may or may not include the corrupt official him or herself?
This seminar will focus on several questions. How should political corruption be defined, and what is at stake in the choice if definition? Are there identifiable patterns to, or types of, political corruption? What conditions encourage or discourage corruption, and how might corruption be controlled or limited? What are the consequences of corruption - and are they necessarily all negative?
Days/Times: T 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Instructor: Katz, Richard Stephen
Seats Available: 15/15
Colonialsim and Foreign Intervention in the Middle East and Africa
W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Lawrence, Adria K
Colonialsim and Foreign Intervention in the Middle East and Africa AS.190.644 (01)
How did colonial rule and post-colonial foreign intervention shape the history and politics of states in the Middle East and Africa? The first part of this course focuses on the colonial period, examining the era of conquest, considering how and whether colonial rule differed from other types of ruling arrangements, and studying how people in colonized territories reacted to conquest and foreign rule. Part Two focuses on post-colonial foreign military interventions. Part Three considers the potential long-term consequences of colonialism and foreign intervention. The course focuses on British, French, and American imperialism.
Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Instructor: Lawrence, Adria K
Seats Available: 1/5
Reading (vols 2 & 3 of) Capital
M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Chambers, Samuel Allen
Reading (vols 2 & 3 of) Capital AS.190.662 (01)
Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Instructor: Chambers, Samuel Allen
Seats Available: 6/15
Planetary Geopolitics, Apocalypse & World Orders
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Deudney, Daniel Horace
Planetary Geopolitics, Apocalypse & World Orders AS.190.663 (01)
Technogenic catastrophic threats and worlds orders, analyzed with practical materialist and geopolitical theories.
Days/Times: T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Instructor: Deudney, Daniel Horace
Seats Available: 11/15
Decolonizing Political Science: Contexts, Concepts, and Imaginations
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Decolonizing Political Science: Contexts, Concepts, and Imaginations AS.190.664 (01)
This graduate course explores the colonial contexts out of which key sub-fields of political science arose. The course then examines the colonial logics that underpin the conceptual formation of each sub-field. Finally, the course considers alternative knowledge traditions, emanating from minority communities and colonized peoples, which seek to alternatively explain the phenomena engaged with by each sub-field.
Days/Times: Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Instructor: Shilliam, Robert
Seats Available: 8/15
The Political Poetics of Walt Whitman and Henry Thoreau
Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
The Political Poetics of Walt Whitman and Henry Thoreau AS.190.679 (01)
A study of the works of Thoreau and Whitman, with an eye toward how they explore the process of outside influences upon subjectivity-formation. What are the powers and limits of Whitman’s and Thoreau’s experiments with language and writing (rhetoric, syntax, imagery, myth) as they seek to induce, cultivate, and transform influences? What role is played by physical encounters with the nonhuman agencies (of plants, animals, objects, divinities)?
Days/Times: Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Instructor: Bennett, Jane
Seats Available: 12/15
How to Be(Come) an Intellectual
W 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Connolly, William E
How to Be(Come) an Intellectual AS.190.684 (01)
The university both provides a platform for critical intellectual life and, particularly during its neoliberalization, sets severe barriers to it. The latter involve increasing administrative entanglement with corporate and state forces of authoritarian control, disciplinary drives to narrow professionalism and reductive epistemologies, attacks on tenure and university governance, and cutbacks in university budgets. How can those with intellectual aspirations negotiate such departmental, professional, trustee and state pressures? What preparations and role models are conducive to help carve out such space in the academy? What critical role can intellectuals play today in and beyond the academy? What intellectual personae from the recent past are helpful here? The seminar will be divided into two parts. Part I will explore a group of academics who created intellectual space in the United States during a period resistant to it in the 1960s. Texts by Charles Taylor, Sheldon Wolin, Donna Haraway, Herbert Marcuse, Cornel West, Althusser, and me may be consulted. Part II moves into the contemporary era. Texts by Foucault, Theweleit, Latour, Haraway (again), and Moten may be reviewed, along with new explorations of relations between adjunct faculty and intellectual life. Readings for Part II thus remain in flux. But intersections between new fascist drives, climate change, racism, professional retreatism, and pandemics may be explored. Seminar assignments include a class presentation, two short papers, and regular participation in discussion.
Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Instructor: Connolly, William E
Seats Available: 11/14
Th 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Statelessness AS.190.690 (01)
This course will examine Hannah Arendt’s claim that the most “symptomatic group” of contemporary politics is “the existence of an ever-growing new people comprised of stateless persons.” We will consider what, if anything, this group may be a symptom of and its consequences for theories of law and politics. Among other authors we will read Arendt, Agamben, Brown, Foucault, Moten, Said, and Somers. A final paper of 20-30 pages is required.