Field Seminar in American Politics from Contemporary America
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 6298
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Course Description: In the last several years American politics has been highly contentious, with deep differences among major political forces. The country is sharply divided in different ways, and strong social and political movements have shared the stage with parties and notable interest groups. This turbulent scene is the main subject of this course, which analyzes politics in the contemporary United States. We examine the main forms and themes of American politics - institutions, political action, political thought. In looking at recent developments (within comparative and historical frameworks), we focus on debates about the proper role of government and on problems posed by several kinds of inequality. The election of 2012 and the government shutdown of 2013 provide important reference points for our inquiries. This course is open to Ph.D. and M.A. students in Politics (and other Departments). It replaces the course previously titled "American Politics Field Seminar," and does not require an extensive prior familiarity with American politics.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Not open to Undergraduate students.