Joel S Migdal
Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.
Creating the Public in Democracies
The seminar will take an alternative approach to understanding democracy. Rather than focusing on ideology, values, and institutions—the staples of the study of democracy—the emphasis will be on the nature of social relations that under-gird democracy. The seminar will also explore what makes up a “literature.” Writing will focus on textual analysis.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The seminar will involve student-led discussions, as well as discussions led by the instructor.
Class assignments and grading
The assignments will involve significant reading, usually a book per week, and writing on the books.
Student papers and classroom participation.