POLITICAL SCIENCE 10100, Section 1 II, 1976-77
This introductory course is intended to acquaint you with some of the
theories, approaches, methods and problems of the political science
discipline. The course also focuses on sore of the leading issues facing
the United States and the world community today; theoretical and analy-
tical apsects 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 Fordham
Book Exchange, 2537 Decatur Avenue. None is available in the Uni-
Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton. Black Power: The Poli-
tics of Liberation in America. New York: VinET -97aI T7-
Commoner, Barry. e Clos% Nature an & Technolo
New York: Bantam Books, 1972
Dahl, Robert A. Modern Political Analysis. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,
Prentice-Hall, "97. Third Edtion.
Deloria, Jr., Vine. We Talk, You Listen: New Tribes. New Turf.
New York: Dell, 1970.
Domhoff, G. William. Who Rules America? Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:
Erb, Guy F and Valeriana Kallab. Beyond Dependency: The Developing
World Seaks Out. Washington, DTc Overseas Development Coun~c
Freeman, Jo. The Politics of Women's Liberation. New York: kacKay,
Heilbroner, Robert L. The Human Prospect. New Yorks W.W. Norton,
II. Your Class Contributions: Each student will specialize in an issue
area, having a chance to gain extra credit for a class presenta-
tion (see Weeks 10-12). 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 up to threetimes to improve your
grade. The midterm examination is the introduction and outline
of your paper. There is a final examination (tentative date,
Thursday, I.ay 18).
III. Course Outlines
WEEK & DATES TOPICS AND READINGS
I, II WHAT IS POLITICS?
Feb. 3 Dahl, "What Is Politics," and "Political lan [and Woman]"
Chs. 1 and 8.
Office Hourst l:ondays, 10:30-12 p.m. Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m.
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WHAT IS POLITICAL ANALYSIS?
Dahl, Ch. 2, "What Is Political Analysis?"
IV WHAT IS TIE NATURE OF POWER AND AU'HORSITY?
Feb. 17 Dahl, Chs. 3 and 4 "Political Influence" and "Forms of
V HOW ARE POWER AND AUTHORITY SHARED?
Feb. 24 A. Some General Notions on Democratic and Totalitarian Systems
Dahl, Ch~ 5 and 6. "Similarities in Political Systems" and
"Differences in Political Systems."
VI B. Some M.odels of Analysis on How Power Is Shared
rar. 2 & Dahl, Chc 7, "Political Regimes: Popular and Hegemonic"
Domhoff, Who Rules America?
VII, SIX WEEK EXAB2 PERIOD NO NEW READING ASSIGNvMENTS
Nlar. 7- Unless you elect to take the non-prejudicial midterm
Mar. 10 exam, your term paper project will be your exam -- i.e.,
you will write your introduction and outline
SPRING VACATION 1iarch 11-20
Fred Greenstein, Children & Politics (on reserve)
,Gabriie A1lond and Sydn Ver ba Th~e Civic Culture (on re-
LIBRARY SESSION THIS WEEK: TIkETO BE ANNOUNCED
SOKE CASE STUDIES: THE POWER SEEKERS
Carmichael & Hamilton. Chs. I-III, VII, VIII Blacks
Deloria, entire book Indians
Freeman, entire book Women
Commoner, entire book Ecology Movement
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Class Volunteers selected paper topics
-Usuall4on Thursdays; runs concurrent
with topics noted above
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RESEARCH PAPER WORKSHOP. CASE STUD IE
Each student will research and write an 8-10 page paper,
typewritten, double-spaced -- testing one of the hypotheses
on how power is shared and exercised, At least 8 outside
reference must be used (three of which must be books if
available on the topic). The term paper will be approached
from the point of view of one group: the poor, Blacks,
Hispanics, business elite, T3abor, etc. There will be sessions
in the library learning how to use the card catalog, standard.
reference guides, including instructions on form, citations,
bibliography, etc. PAPERS ARE DUE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21,
and may be handed back on the following Thursdays (April 28
May 5) to improve your grade. gote: you may, if you wish,
finish your paper earlier and have the privilege of handing
it back twice.
Apr. 21 Dahl, Chs. 9 and 10, "Political Evaluation" and "Strategies
of Inquiry and Deeision"
XIII POLITICS 14 3 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Apr. 28 Erb and Kallab, pamphlet on the Third World
XIV Heilbroner, book, The Human Prospect
Notes The M'anagement, in consultation with the students, reserves the
right to tinker with the syllabus