Meetings & Topics

Course Section Week Topics and Readings
I. Theoretical and Classical Foundations 1 Topic 1: Course Introduction: Power, Ideology and Legitimacy—Admin
2 Topic 1: Course Introduction: Power, Ideology and Legitimacy—Theory
2 Topic 2: Classical Political Theory: Part I 
3 Topic 3: Classical Political Theory: Part II 
3 Topic 4: Global Political Thought: Non-Western Alternatives 
4 Topic 5: Church and State in the Western Tradition 
4 Topic 6: Just War Theory and the Legitimacy of the Use of Force 
5 Topic 7: Social Contract Theory: Part I 
5 Topic 8: Social Contract Theory: Part II
First Exam Distributed After Topic 8 DUE By Start of Next Class
6 Topic 9: The American Civic Mythos 
13-17 of OCT No Classes: Student and Faculty Travel Week 
II. 20th Century Challenges 7 Topic 10: Progress and Imperialism
7 Topic 11: Nationalism 
8 Topic 12: Fascism
8 Topic 13: National Socialism
9 Topic 14: Marxism 
10 Topic 15: Leninism 
10 Topic 16: Liberation Theology 
III. Contemporary Challenges and Debates 11 Topic 17: Al Qaeda’s Quest for Power
11 Topic 18: Ideology after Al Qaeda: Boko Haram 
Second Exam Distributed After Topic 16 DUE By Start of Next Class
24-28 of NOV No Classes: Research and Writing Week 
12 Topic 19: Ideological Transformations: The Chechen Quagmire
12 Topic 20: Theocracy as a State Project: Khomeinism and the Future of Iran 
13 Topic 21: Sovereignty, Religion and Independence: The Tibet Conflict 
13 Topic 22: Divided Societies and the Viability of the State: Consociationalism in Iraq 
14 Wrap Up Discussion