PS 215 The Colonial Experience in Africa

Professor: S. McConnell

CRN: 11657

Distribution: C

Time: Tu Th 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 205
Tu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm OLIN 203

cross-listed: MES
From the earliest European exploration of the "dark continent" to the election of Nelson Mandela, Africa has endured a politically tumultuous history. This examination of African politics begins with the first European contacts and the establishment of coastal settlements for trade in slaves and commodities. We study the opening up of the interior by missionaries, traders and explorers. Turning to Europe, we examine the Scramble for Africa that formalized territorial holdings, as well as the patterns of colonial administration instituted by vying European powers. We then consider the rise of black nationalist and pan-African movements and the process of decolonization. We close by considering how the colonial experience structured the politics of independent Africa, especially the role of key leaders, the rise of one-party states and the development of African socialism. Throughout the course, we will evaluate competing theories of imperialism and state formation.


PS 223 Third-World Socialism

Professor: S. McConnell

CRN: 11658

Distribution: C

Time: M W 1:20 pm - 2:40 pm OLIN 203

of related interest: MES
This course examines socialist experiments in Nicaragua, Cuba and Tanzania: how these nations reached socialism, the ideology of their socialist movements, government structures they put in place, and economic and social transformations they undertook. The course pays particular attention to reforms affecting health care, education, women, and the rural sector. It also looks at the counterrevolutionary destabilization initiatives launched against them and internal reasons for the fall of some regimes. We explore the question of whether and in what way socialism remains a viable development path for underdeveloped nations in the post-Cold War world.


PS 231 Western Political Theory: Bourgeois and/or Citizen, 1690-1830

Professor: D. Kettler

CRN: 11659

Distribution: C

Time: M W 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 203

of related interest: French Studies, German Studies
While modern political theories define the central questions of human collective experience in terms of relations between individuals and public power, social theories decenter the state, theoretically transforming the relations generally labelled political into elements in a larger contexture of interpersonal interactions, civil society. This course compares contrasting approaches to the problem of relating the social and political identities of human beings subject to political order. First posed as a question about prepolitical property rights and legal authority, the issue is rendered more complex when relations among proprietors are reinterpreted as a function of social arrangements--mentalities, class relations, forms of work--that undergo significant change in historical time. Modern political theorists pursue various strategies in their attempts to comprehend these findings within the theory of the modern state. Although the sequence of authors covered is chronological, the aim of the course is comparative. Principal authors are John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and G. W. F. Hegel.


PS 252 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Professor: J. Kahn

CRN: 11660

Distribution: A/C

Time: Tu Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am OLIN 203

cross-listed: MES, American Studies
This course will explore the development of the Court's varied and occasionally contradictory decisions regarding civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. The concepts of equal protection and due process of law will guide our inquiry. Specific areas of the law examined will include: the limits of free speech and symbolic expression; the law of privacy; separation of church and state; affirmative action; school desegregation; racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination; and the definition and constitutional meaning of "fundamental rights." Prerequisite: college-level background in American politics or permission of the instructor.


PS 283 From Censorhip to Media Democratization

Professor: M. Haraszti

CRN: 11661

Distribution: C

Time: W 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm PRE 101

of related interest: German Studies
With European Communism, modernity's most durable system of censorship has fallen. Removing the censors took only the moment of collapse of a one-party-rule; but evolving a free press and democratizing the media is a painful and sometimes unsuccessful struggle. The course will study this process within its complex background. That background entails Communism's legacy. Using academic literature, novels, essays, and films, the course will determine the specificity of Communist censorship. It will follow the liberation of press and art, both prior to the change and in the revolutions of 1989. Preconditions of a democratic public sphere, and the art of covering democracy will be examined both generally and with respect to the new democracies. The politics of media privatization will be scrutinized, along with the specifically European features of the process.


PS 293 Contemporary India

Professor: S. Baruah

CRN: 11662

Distribution: C

Time: W F 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 204

cross-listed: Asian Studies
of related interest: MES
Contemporary India is a mosaic of paddy fields and nuclear reactors, "traditional" theater performances and the world's largest film industry, democratic elections and ethnic and religious warfare, women professionals, prominent women public figures and women as victims of extreme domestic violence. The course will be both an introduction to contemporary India and an engagement with social theory. We will study concrete issues of Indian politics, economics, culture and gender relations as we think about the forms of modernity in different parts of the world. We will critically look at the assumptions behind progressivist concepts like modernization, economic development and nation-building. The readings are in the social sciences and humanities by Indian, American and European authors.


PS 295 Dreams of Perfectibilty II: The Cold War from FDR to Bush--Part 2

Professor: J. Chace

CRN: 11663

Distribution: C

Time: M 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 205

Immediately after the Second World War, a clash of ideologies developed into a Cold War between the two victors, the United States and Soviet Russia. To what extent was this a moral struggle and to what degree, a classic conflict of great powers? This course will analyze the direction of American foreign policy during an era that has been characterized as a pax americana. It will also make use of new material dealing with the Soviet approach to the postwar world by studying excerpts from recently released Soviet archives. The Cold War also traces a trajectory from American predominance to American decline, from Soviet assertion as a superpower to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War paradoxically marks the end of the superpower phenomenon.


PS 324 The Consequences of the Peace: Problems in American Foreign Policy after the COld War: A Seminar

Professor: J. Chace

CRN: 11664

Distribution: C

Time: W 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 309

With the collapse of Soviet power in Eastern Europe in 1989, the bipolar world that endured for almost five decades came to an end. This has produced an unexpected result in the international order: the end of superpower rivalry, and a presumed new American hegemony. The United States is thus deprived of a role that provided it with a national mission and self-justification throughout the years of the cold war. It finds itself compelled to reconsider not only what it must do but, in a significant respect, what it is. There is a new global agenda for the United States in which the search for security rests on regional balances of power in a world increasingly characterized by disorder and conflict. This new agenda will be the subject of intense study by a group of upper-level students.


PS 333 Nation, State and Nationalism

Professor: S. Baruah

CRN: 11665

Distribution: C

Time: Th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OLIN 310

cross-listed: MES

One of the paradoxes of the twentieth century is that increased transaction across national borders has accompanied the intensification of the forces of nationalism. The contemporary events in the former Soviet Union and in Eastern and Central Europe are only the latest examples of the power of nationalism. Yet even though we talk of national identities as if they are "natural", terms such as nations, nationalities and nationalism are difficult to define. We will examine the history of the idea of nations and the "nation state" and will read texts written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We will give particular attention to nationalism's relationship to the emergence of popular sovereignty and to forces of industrialism, colonialism, modernization and mass migration.