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Time Schedule:

Joel S Migdal
SIS 542
Seattle Campus

Seminar: State and Society

Examines the mutually conditioning relationship between states and the societies they seek to govern. Studies states as large, complex organizations and their interactions with society on different levels. Shows that interactions on any level affect the nature of the state on other levels as well. Offered: jointly with POL S 542.

Class description

This is an advanced seminar for MA and Ph.D. students in approaches to state-society relations. Students will learn how this topic has been handled by several generations of scholars.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar-style discussion class with student-led presentations.

Recommended preparation

Students should have taken several courses in comparative politics.

Class assignments and grading

There will be a choice among several writing options, including smaller, text-based papers and a larger paper.

Students will mostly be graded on the writing with about 10% of the grade on the basis of class discussion.


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: 02/03/2006