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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Political Science
Course Number: LPOL 3041
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Politics
  • Social Justice
  • Philosophy
This course explores the politics of resistance. It examines examples of resistance from around the world, traversing different time periods, geographies, and cultures. Examples range from peasant revolts to labor movements, feminist struggles to anti-war mobilizations, prisoner uprisings to anti-colonial wars. Contemporary forms of corporeal, self-sacrificial resistance are of particular interest. The course inquires into dynamics of political struggle in each case: who are the social forces involved, what they seek to oppose, the methods and goals of resistance, and the reception of this resistance by its purported audience. Relying upon the concrete political problems posed by each historical instance as springboards into larger theoretical concerns, the course focuses on questions such as the nature of power relations, different forms of political organization and representation, the relationship between means and ends, the role of violence, and the function of different media, especially as they become manifest in the complexity of real politics.
Course Open to: Degree Students