LEAD 314 Fall 2014 Leadership in American Political Development (W)

Cross Listed as PSCI314
From the Founding to the present, the American political order has undergone incredible, cataclysmic and thoroughgoing transformations, yet it has also proven to be remarkably enduring. How can this be? Where do we find continuities and where upheavals? What accounts for the continuities, and what for the changes? What sorts of transformations have been possible, and who or what has made them possible? Finally, what are the costs of change (and of continuity)--and who pays them? The goal of this course is to assess American political change, or lack of, and to gain a sense of the role that individual leaders have played in driving change. We will examine when and how individual agency and leadership has mattered vis-à-vis broader historical and contextual factors, including economic developments, demographic change, and constitutional and institutional parameters. After examining general models of change and of leadership, we will consider specific case studies, such as civil rights for African-Americans, gender equality, labor demands, and social conservatism. We will consider some of the complicated legacies of change. Finally, we will look at arguments that America has been "exceptional"--or, unlike other countries--as well as critiques of these arguments, to help us gain an understanding of future prospects for political transformation.
Class Format: research seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, weekly writing assignments, and a longer research paper with presentation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: previous course in American politics or American history
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors and Leadership Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1660
LEAD 314 - 01 (F) SEM Leadership Am Pol Development (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Nicole E. Mellow
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 258 1660
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