Sophomore Government Tutorial: State and Society in the Modern Age|
|Certificates: International Relations|
This Tutorial analyzes the emergence and functioning of the modern nation state, primarily in the West. We are interested in how the nation state came into being and what forms of government have evolved over the past 200 years or so. We will also examine a variety of challenges to the nation state, including modernization, the deepening of democracy and the development of the European Union. Throughout the class, our focus will be on the question of what is required for the emergence and maintenance of a democratic political system.
When political scientists approach these issues, we are looking for generalities and systemic explanations. We seek to draw out common theoretical principles from a variety of diverse empirical cases. Political scientists may ask questions such as: What forces in a society tend to produce democratic outcomes? Under what conditions is a revolution more or less likely? Where does sovereignty rest? There isn't general agreement among political scientists about how to attempt to answer these questions. In this course, we read both classic texts and newer works on these topics and consider which approaches are most enlightening.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(CSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 - 1st Trimester|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be available through class Moodle.
Berman, Sheri. 2006. THE PRIMACY OF POLITICS: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Robert A. Dahl. 1971. POLYARCHY: PARTICIPATION AND OPPOSITION. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Moore, Barrington. 1966. SOCIAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY: LORD AND PEASANT IN THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD. Boston: Beacon Press.
Mudde, Cas. 2017. ON EXTREMISM AND DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE. New York: Routledge.
Teele, Dawn Langan. 2018. FORGING THE FRANCHISE: THE POLITICAL ORIGINS OF THE WOMEN'S VOTE. Princeton: Princeton University Press (released September 2018).
Charles Tilly, 1993. COERCION, CAPITAL AND EUROPEAN STATES, AD 990-1992. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell
Alexis de Tocqueville, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA Edited and abridged by Richard D. Heffner. New York: Mentor.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments will consist of weekly essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class open to CSS Sophomores only.
|Instructor(s): Wiliarty,Sarah E. Times: .....F. 02:00PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC402; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 10
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|