PSCI 248
The USA in Comparative Perspective Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills
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Politics in the USA is often considered unique and incomparable, and US political science separates the study of American politics from comparative politics. This course overcomes this divide, considering politics and society in the United States comparatively, from a variety of viewpoints and by authors foreign and American, historical and contemporary. Important topics include: the colonial experience and independence; race relations and the African diaspora; nationalism and national identity; war and state-building; American exceptionalism, religion, and foreign policy; the role of political and economic institutions; and the origins and shape of the welfare state. (As the list suggests, the most common comparisons are with Latin America and Western Europe, but several of our authors look beyond these regions.) Along the way, we also read short descriptive accounts by foreign observers, from Tocqueville to José Martí, Max Weber, and Sayyid Qutb.
The Class: Format: tutorial; a lecture in the first week; then ten weeks of tutorial; then a discussion class in the final week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3650
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5- to 6-page papers, five 1- to 2-page responses, and one 1-page essay for the final class
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
PSCI American Politics Courses
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