MA Seminar – Power, Action, and Equality: Basic Concepts in Social Science
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 6300
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Is it worthwhile to study politics? Should political knowledge be valued for its role in forming an active political and civic life? Should it be a way to achieve desired political and social ends? Or mainly a professional and scientific project? We start with these questions and return to them throughout the course. We analyze and debate basic concepts: power, action, culture and institutions, equality and freedom. We look at different views of these concepts both within political science and from the perspectives of economists and sociologists. Authors include Hannah Arendt, G.A. Cohen, Robert Dahl, Steven Lukes, Jane Mansbridge, Elinor Ostrom, John Rawls, Amartya Sen, Michael Walzer, Max Weber, and others. This course is required for M.A. students in Politics and open to Ph.D. students in Politics. It is also open to students in other Departments and programs. (Auditors are welcome, with the permission of the instructor.)
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.