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
Why 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 should political inquiry be a professional and scientific project? What is the relation between studying politics and creating or maintaining a democratic politics and political culture? We start with these questions, and then analyze basic concepts in the social sciences: power, action, culture, institution, equality and freedom. Each refers to a cluster of related concepts. Power, for example, refers to authority, legitimacy, state, force, and resources. Throughout we compare the approaches of political scientists with those of economists and sociologists. This course is required for M.A. students in Politics. It is open to students in other Departments, especially Economics and Sociology.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.