GOVT 6596

GOVT 6596

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

This course pursues a theoretical and comparative understanding of the relationship between violence and power. Beginning with an overview of disputes over the politics of 'naming' violence, we will examine a series of intersecting historical disputes about the nature, justification, and functions of political violence between a series of realist, Marxist, and pacifist thinkers. Topics to be discussed will include the relationship between tactics and strategy, means and ends, the dynamics of political contention, revolution and mass politics, the relationship coercion and persuasion, and the power of nonviolence, as well as revolutionary terror, general strikes, civil disobedience, hunger strikes, and political rioting. Thinkers studied may include Clausewitz, Tolstoy, Lenin, Luxemburg, Weber, Sorel, Gandhi, Trotsky, Niebuhr, Du Bois, Fanon, King, Arendt, and Deming.

When Offered Spring.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 6596

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16754GOVT 6596  SEM 101

    • WUris Hall 202
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Livingston, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.