Political Sociology, or What Does Democracy Look Like?|
In this course we will attempt to understand democracy as a social practice and lived experience rather than as a series of representative political institutions. Focusing on the spirit of democracy as a way of life, we will look at different views on bridging this spirit with reality. Asking what constitutes a richly democratic society, we will examine the classical liberal and republican traditions, neo-liberal, neo-conservative, neo-Marxist, and anarchist theory. Throughout, we will connect these theoretical views with efforts to achieve them (self-consciously or not) in practice, looking at contemporary political issues that surround gender and race politics, the environment, and economic development.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Frank, Thomas, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS
Selected readings from Alexis de Tocqueville, Friedrich von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Jurgen Habermas, Robert Putnam, Dinesh D'Souza, Francis Moore Lappe, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 3-page papers, one 10-12 page final paper, online and in-class participation.
|Instructor(s): Rabinovitch,Eyal Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SCIE309; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 8||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: X|
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