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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 335M • 9 - Contemporary American Social Theory - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38785 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
RLM 7.114

Course Description

Analyzing path-breaking original sources by some of the most influential thinkers of our time, this seminar examines eight core topics in contemporary political theory: identity and community, institutions, power, freedom, legitimacy, justice, equality, and democracy.

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated when topics vary.

Grading Policy

Average of four essays, each 5- to 6-pages, adjusted for quality of class participation.


Michael Walzer, Interpretation and Social Criticism Albert Hirschmann, Exit, Voice and Loyalty Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punishment Joseph Raz, Morality of Freedom J├╝rgen Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action John Rawls, Theory of Justice Amartya Sen, Inequality Reexamined Robert Dahl, Democracy and its Critics


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