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Deepa Bhandaru
POL S 273
Seattle Campus

The Concept of Political Power

How to understand and explain relationships of power. Readings from Marxism, Weberian sociology, anarchism, classical political philosophy, and contemporary political science. May also include works of fiction.

Class description

Power is a central, albeit contested, concept in the study of politics and society. This course explores different approaches to theorizing power in an effort to develop a broader, yet more precise vocabulary to address the questions: What is power and how can we identify it? How does power operate in social and political life? Where is power located? Who (if anyone) has power? Is power something to be possessed (say, by governments) or is it more omnipresent, unruly, and flowing (through the economy, social norms, and even in private life)?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Three response papers, a take-home midterm exam, and a take-home final exam

Response Papers (20%), Midterm Exam (30%), Final Exam (30%), Participation (20%)


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 Deepa Bhandaru
Date: 04/17/2012