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Jason F Lambacher
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

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

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Question Journal (10%), two papers (40%), 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 Jason F Lambacher
Date: 05/28/2013