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Sophomore Government Tutorial: State and Society in the Modern Age
CSS 416
Fall 2007
Section: 01  

This course analyzes the core political institutions of Western democracy as they have evolved over the past 200 years. The European model of the nation-state and capitalist economy became something that other countries around the world were forced to emulate or combat. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the most important writers on the evolution of the modern state and political movements. Unlike economics, which has a set of very clear and unified theoretical principles, there is no agreement among political scientists about how to analyze these topics. Liberalism is broadly accepted as the only legitimate frame of reference, having fought off the Marxist challenge, but within liberalism are divergent approaches about the scope for democracy, the role of the state, the relative merits of stability and change. Midrange theories, more exact approaches, come in and out of fashion. This tutorial introduces you to some of the most influential writers in the political science tradition and the box of tools they have used to tackle these problems.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 2 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(CSS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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