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Joel S Migdal
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2007