MA Seminar – Power, Culture and Freedom
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Politics
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 an active political and civic life? Should it be a way to achieve desired political and social ends? Or is it a professional and scientific project? With these questions in mind we analyze and debate basic concepts: power, action, culture and institutions, and freedom. We assess competing views of these concepts among political scientists and from 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 open to students in other Departments and programs.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Not open to Undergraduate students.