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Spring Term 2013 TOP: ABUSE OF POWER - 3941 - GOVT 446
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Prerequisites/Notes: GOVT 245 or consent of instructor.

Catalog Description : This course will address an advanced topic in the sub-field of Comparative Politics, such as democracy and authoritarianism, politics of the city, political participation and social movements, gender and politics, or the comparative method.

Topic for Fall 2012: Research Methods in Comparative and International Politics
The course provides an introduction to qualitative research methodology and is strongly recommended for students who intend to write an Honors Thesis in either International Relations or Comparative Politics. It will focus on the logic of case studies and small-N comparative studies: How to select a case for a case study; construct a sound comparison; and make reasonable claims based on a small-N analysis. Students will also be introduced to techniques of gathering qualitative data such as writing questionnaires for interviews and analyzing primary sources.

Topic for Winter 2013: Indian Politics
The late scholar and diplomat John Kenneth Galbraith once referred to India as “functioning anarchy.” This course will introduce students to politics in this unexpected and raucous democracy with the goal of understanding the reasons for the apparent coexistence of order and chaos. In addition to major political milestones, topics covered will include: political development and the management of ethnic diversity; economic change and developmental challenges; trends in caste politics and the rise of religious nationalism; the political impact of social movements and social change; and foreign relations with neighbors and major powers. Other countries in South Asia will be discussed for the purposes of comparison and based on student interest. Non-majors are welcome; please contact the instructor if you have any questions.

Topic for Spring 2013: Abuse of Power
This course examines the ways in which government, and individuals within government, make use of their power in questionable or illegitimate ways. Beginning with manipulation of political rules for personal or party advantage, we will then explore the increasing abuse of governmental power. Topics include the opportunities that those with political power have for legal, but unethical, behavior; illegal forms of corruption; and various forms of control over the governed, from influencing their ideas to coercion and violence. Readings will examine historical and contemporary cases from a comparative perspective.

Attributes: Social Science Div GER (01cr), BM Social Science (01cr), Advanced Course


Spring Term 2013


Celeste E. Beesley


GOVT 446

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Final Exam

Monday, Jun 03, 2013 03:00 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.





Class Time

09:00-10:50 TR BRIG 224

Start-End Date

Mar 25, 2013-Jun 05, 2013


Appleton Main Campus



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