GOV 335M • 9 - Contemporary American Social Theory - W
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
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.
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 Jürgen Habermas, Theory of Communicative Action John Rawls, Theory of Justice Amartya Sen, Inequality Reexamined Robert Dahl, Democracy and its Critics