PHIL 242
People Power Fall 2017 Division II; Writing-Intensive;
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A major lesson, for political philosophers, from the past century or so is that people outside of official political structures and the military often have greater power than do insiders, if only they can figure out how to use it. Evidence of this is that “between 1900 and 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns were nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as their violent counterparts” (Chenoweth and Stephan 2011, 7). Topics in the tutorial will be empirical–examining successful and unsuccessful cases of uses of people power in nonviolent resistance–theoretical–seeking generalizations, in part from historical and ongoing cases–and practical–considering how techniques and generalizations we encounter or discover might be used on issues of importance to participants in the seminar, on scales ranging from the local to the global.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1908
Requirements/Evaluation: tutorial papers, participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: current or potential Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;

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