Resistance and Revolution|
What is a political revolution and how do you know? What is distinctive about political resistance, and when do such acts succeed in expanding human freedom? Students in this course will read great works in political theory on the concepts of human resistance and political revolution. Examining cases such as the French Revolution, India's independence movement, the Algerian War, and the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe, we will ask how various theories of revolution, resistance, and regime change shaped political debate in the public and private spheres. Core thinkers we will examine include Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, Edmund Burke, Olympe de Gouges, Václav Havel, Albert Camus, and Mahatma Gandhi. This course prompts students to explore the historical contexts in which the respective authors produced their texts and to consider the ways in which their ideas of resistance and revolution emerged from their political landscapes.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution (Penguin, 2006).
Edmund Burke. Revolutionary Writings: Reflections on the Revolution in France and the First Letter on Regicide Peace. (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays (Vintage, 1995).
Václav Havel, The Power of the Powerless: Citizens Against the State in Central Eastern Europe (Routledge, 1985).
James C. Scott, Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts (Yale University Press, 1992).
Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi: Selected Political Writings (Hackett, 1996).
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments will include two 6-8 pg. analytical essays, a midterm exam, and a final term paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Some major texts may be added.
|Instructor(s): Williams,Liza Barclay Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: FISK122; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 9||JR major: 8|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|