Wells College
Political Science 165
Government and Politics Today
Fall 2000






Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Cleveland 108
Telephone:  364-3220
Office Hours: Monday: 11:00-12:00 p.m.
  Tuesday: 2:00-400 p.m.
  Thursday:  2:00-4:30 p.m.

Required Books

-Rod Hague, Martin Harrop and Shaun Breslin, Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, Second Edition, Fully Revised and Updated, New York, St. Martin, 1998.

-Thomas M. Magstadt, Nations and Governments. New York, St. Martin, 1998.

-Theodore Lowi and Benjamin Ginsberg, American Government, Fourth Edition, New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1996. On reserve in the Library (the assigned chapters only).

Course Description

In this course we will examine: (a) the basic concepts and themes that form the philosophical, intellectual and societal foundations of the discipline of political science and its sub-fields, (b) the various methods of understanding political phenomena, and (c) the patterns of rule of political governance as reflected in the contemporary structures of the political institutions in different regions of the world. A comparative approach will be used to identify differences and commonalities among political institutions, the citizens’ behavior, and political rules.

Requirements

-Attendance and active participation in all class activities are required.  They will count for 10 % of the total grade;

-10 points will be deducted from the final grade for any unjustifiable absence;

-A mid-term exam will be given on October 5, 2000.  It will count for 20 % of the total grade.

-Every student will write two short papers:

(1) “Critically discuss how Aristotle and Karl Marx perceived and defined politics and political science.”

-The length of the paper is between 10 and 12 pages, typed and double-spaced, including footnotes and bibliography.  It will count for 20% of the final grade. The paper is due on October 19, 2000.

(2) “Who governs in the world politics? Define and contrast critically the role of the Congress in the United States and this of the Parliament in a given social democratic nation in Europe (a welfare state) in defining, shaping, and producing legislations, and how these institutions interact with specific interest groups in shaping and influencing national policies and the outcome of the elections.”  The paper is due on November 16, 2000.

The length of the paper is between 13 and 15 pages typed and double-spaced, including footnotes and bibliography.  It will count for 25 % of the final grade.

-The final exam will be given on December 11, 2000 at 7:00-10:00 p.m.  It will count for 25 % of the total grade.

Schedule

August 24- Discussion of the General Requirements and Major Concepts in Political Science
Hague et al. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 1, chapter 1

August 29-Definitions and Various Forms of Democracy
Hague et al. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 2 chapter 3.

August 31-Conditions and Premises of Political Regime Changes: Participation and Revolution
Hague et al. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 2, chapter 5.

September 5-Political Culture
Hague et al. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 2, chapter 4.

September 7-Comparative Politics and the Regional Perspective
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 1, chapters 1 and 2.

September 12-Comparative Politics and the Regional Perspective, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 1, chapter 3.

September 14-Constructing a Government: a Political History of Struggles
 Lowi and Ginsberg, American Government, Part 1 chapter 2.

September 19-Constructing a Government: a Political History of Struggles, continued
Lowi and Ginsberg, American Government, part 1 chapter 2.

September 21-Public Opinion and Contemporary American Politics
Lowi and Ginsberg, American Government, part 3, chapter 9.

September 26-The Structures of Government
Hague et al. Political Science: A Comparative Introduction, part 3, chapter 9

September 28-Western Europe: Political Heritage and Patterns of Rule
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 4.

October 3-Western Europe: Political Heritage and Patterns of Rule, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 5.

October 5-Mid-Term Exam

Fall Break: October 7-10

October 12-A Common Europe
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 2 chapter 6.

October 17-Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Theory of Marxism (film)
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 7.

October 19-Russia and Eastern Europe
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 8.

October 24-Russia and Eastern Europe, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 3 chapter 9.

October 26-Politics in the Middle East: Religion, Nationalism and Patterns of Rule
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 10 and 11.

October 31-Politics in the Middle East: Religion, Nationalism, and Patterns of Rule, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 12.

November 2-Asia, Economic Miracle, Population and Cultural Continuity
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 4, chapters 13 and 14.

November 7-Asia, Economic Miracle, Population and Cultural Continuity, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 4, chapter 15.

November 9-South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 19.

November 14- South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy, continued
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 20.

November 16- South America: Dependency, populism, Militarism and Democracy, continued.
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 7, chapter 21.

November 21-African Politics: colonialism, dependency, underdevelopment, and authoritarianism
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 6 chapters 16.

Thanksgiving Break: November 22-26

November 28-African Politics: colonialism, dependency, underdevelopment, and authoritarianism
Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 6 chapter 17.

November 30, African Politics: colonialism, dependency, underdevelopment, and authoritarianism, continued
 Magstadt, Nations and Governments, part 6 chapter 18 and will also use Ali Mazrui’s tape on Garden of Eden in Decay

December 5-Media and Democracy in the Global Context
Film: “the Myth of Liberal Media”

Final Exam will be given on December 11, 2
 
 
 
 
 
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