POITIC LF CIEWNC 1 II, 1973-74 Syllabus
Chaney 4 Office Hours:
J 10:30 12 noon Mon.
J. 5:30 6:30 p.m Tues.
And By Appointment
This introduction to political science is intended to acquaint you with
some of the theories, approaches, methods and problems of the discipline.
The course focuses, however, on some of the leading issues facing the
United States and the world community today; theoretical and analytical
aspects of the course emerge from the practical examination of these
concerns. One important part of the course is the four-week period
devoted to a workshop on how to research and write a term paper.
I. Readings The course is built around a selection of paperbacks
rather than a traditional textbook. These are available at the
Pordham Book Exchange, near the Third Avenue El station. Books
marked with an (R) are on reserve.
Carmichael, Stokely and Charles Vo Hamilton. Black Porer: Th Poli-
tics of Liberation in America (New York: Vintage Books, 1967)
Dahl, Robert A. Modern PolitJcal AnalXsis 2nd ed. (Englewood
Cliffs, IT0ew Jersey: Prentice-all, 1970)
Domhoff, G. William. Who Rules America? (Englowood Cliffs, New
Jersey: Prentice-Hall, I 7)
Editors of Ramparts. Eco-Catastro~ge. (SanfPrancisco: Canfield
S Figes, Eva. Patriarchal Attitudes: The Case for Women in Revolt.
-(NMe York: Pawcett, 1970
Ma cridis, Roy C, and Bernard E, Browm. Comparative Politics: Notes
S' and Readin (Homewood, Illinois: The Dorsey Press, 1972). 4th ed.
Sv" ,Mazlishl, Bruce. In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical Inquiry.
B altimore, Maryland: Pelican Books, Inc., 1972)
II. Class Contributions: Each student will specialize in an issue area,
Shaving a chance to gain extra credit for a class presentation (see
Ueek 12),and to do an 8-10 page paper related to the topic. The
paper is required; you may, however, hand the paper back after a
critique p t three times to improve your grade. The mid-term
examination is the introduction and outline of your paper. There
is a final examination. Extra credit can also be gained by doing
a two-page critique of any or all the reserve (R) selections.
III. Course Outline:
iIEE & DATES
1 J1 a
TOPICS AND READINGS
lo 23-27 WHtIT IS POLITICS?
Dahl, "What Is Politics," and "Political Man," Chs. 1-2, 7
(R) Aristotle, Selections from The/Politics of Aristotle, ed.
(R) Thomas Hobbos, Leviathan /
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POLITICAL SCIEINOE 10 Chaney Page 2
r5 2, Jan. 28-Feb. 3 IHATT IS POLITICAL SCIENCE?
lacridis a Brownm "Political Analysis," Introductory Essay, and
j f "Concepts and Theories, Ch. I, Inkeles, Aron and Almond
(Aron, Sel. 2, to be discussed Feb. 20-24, but read now)
SHaoridis & Brown, "Comparison of Political Systems," Ch. II,
7aston and acridis
(R) C. Wrigft Millt s The Socioloc.al InacinaiLon, Chs. 1, 9-10
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4 3, Feb, 4-10 MTT1? IS TI NATURE O POWER AND AT7O0RITY?
Maridia and Brown, Ch. II, Neumann selection, "Approaches to
Sd -the Study of Power"
1 Da "The Nature of Political ,Influence,' Chs. 3, 4 and 5
Macrldis Brcrn, Introductory Essay, ane "Legitinacy and Con-
saensus," h. 3, Mosca sn Iaclver
(R) Harold D. IZassiell, and Abraham Kaplt, Power and Society
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5 4, Feb. 11-17 RRO_ ABE POER AND AUTHORITY SHARED?
3 A. Some General Notions on Democratic and Totalitarian Systems
Ma.,cridis & Bri~ "Modeern Denocra
Ghso 1 and V, ipse' Dlah1 aid. Tke
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5, Fe 20-24
\B. Soe Models of Analy~iis on Tlow P,',rer Is Shared
T e Class Model Reviev Aron ir MIacriis & Brown (Sel. 2)
S(R) KaIl Marx and? lFriedrich Engels, The Communlst
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6, Feb. 25-Ihr, 3
, The Elite odel Domhoff, W ules America?
(R) C. W-ifCt dills, The Power Elite
(R) Maurice Zc.tlin, ed., American Society. InCo
- L- Qe M(11R) Gabriel K(hko, LWealth & Powe rin America
TMarch 4-10 SIX 1 K EBXAI PFMRIO' NO IEWJ READING AS3IGITI.iTiS
Term paper project rill be explained; six-reoek oxi
*0 < ,- will consist in. Jr~ing your introduction and outline
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I The Ass Society iodel O:teg y Gasset and Kornhauser /.J
STythe profesoor) "
S, Iz rcioh 11-17
The Pluralist 1.odel clis & Bron, "Politica.l 3Dn..:la c3s,"
- f Introductory Essay, axuI ha.s. VI and VII, Alriond, 3,hacridis
P \ and I1ichols selection
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(R) David B. Truman, he Govsrmnental Process
(R) Robert A. Dahl., W0 gEveir s?
/ 9 Mlarch 25-31
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SOIIM CASE STUDIES: "THE POIER SEEKERS"-
el Hanilton, Chs. I-III, VII, VIII
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Fie~sq, entire book -- ,o< w /
11: Apr. -14
Eco-Catt~rophe, entire book
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P-2,, Apr. 17-21
lote: These events
SClass voly teers, selected paper topics
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9, 10 and 11
TMar 25-April 14
RESEARCH PAPER WORKSHOP. ,JASE STUDIES
O POWER SE3IERS
Each student will research and write an 8-10 page paper testing
one of the hypotheses for how power is shared, using at least
8 outside references (three of which mun:t be books, it available
on the topic), and approaching the topi( from the point of view
of one group: the poor, Blacks, Spanish-speaking, business
elite, labor, etc. The three weeks will. be run as a workshop,
with sessions in the library learning hor to use the card catalog,
standard reference guides, and including instructions on form,
citations, blibliography, etc. PAPERS _RE DUE WEDNESDAY, April
17. You caesubnit your paper weekly (on Monday only April
22, 29 and hay 6) to improve your grade,
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13, Anro 22-28
POLITICAL BTTI-VTOLO ADT) SOCIAiIZATIOT
\ Tazligh, entire book
(R' Fred Greenstein, Children and Polit cs
(R) Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba, Thi! Civic Culture
(R' Alexander L. George and Juliette L. George, Woodrow Wilson
and Colonel House
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3 14, Anir. 29-May 5
THcridis and Brown, "Political Change," Introductory Essay, and
- Chs- II, Deutsch and Tunitington, "Modernization"
iacric.is and Brotn, "Revolution," Ch. Xj-i, Ilarx and Brinton
fa.cri dis and Brown., "Beyond i-odernization," Ch. XY, iarcuse
Durthein -~ r 4'4T 7 QU
Neoc: The Ilana-gemrint, in consultation, reserves the right
to tinker writh the syllabus.