Jason F Lambacher
POL S 273
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.
This course examines different ways to understand the concept of political power. What is power? How does it operate over, by, and through people? Where is it located – in the individual, community, or the state? Is it found in other aspects of society, such as the economy, culture, tradition, or technology? How has power changed in the modern and postmodern eras, if at all? When can power be considered legitimate? When can it legitimately be resisted? Students are encouraged to engage these questions and more, and will hopefully gain a deeper understanding of one of the central concepts in political theory.
Student learning goals
Refined reading proficiency
Increased analytic, interpretative, and argumentative writing skills
Improved participation during discussion
Practice in the art of questioning
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, film
Class assignments and grading
Question Journal (10%), two papers (40%), Final Exam (30%), participation (20%)