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

Jason Brownlee

Associate Professor Ph.D., Princeton University

Jason Brownlee

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Biography

Jason Brownlee studies domestic and international processes of political emancipation. He is the author of Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which examines the historical sources of electoral contestation and regime change during the last thirty years. Professor Brownlee is currently researching the worldview of American nation-building since the late nineteenth century. He has published articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Studies in Comparative International Development.

GOV 390L • Authoritarianism

39103 • Fall 2014
Meets W 930am-1230pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384 )
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Authoritarianism

 

The most common regime type in history is authoritarianism, a category encompassing all forms of undemocratic rule, from absolutist monarchies to military juntas and single-party states. This graduate seminar considers modern manifestations of authoritarianism in comparison with popularly accountable rule, whether limited or democratic. The class will focus on explanations of large-scale variations in economic and social structures. Institutionalist and behavioral accounts will also be addressed. Students will be assigned to read and critique major scholarly monographs, chapters, and articles on the course topic. They may be asked to assess novels and films as well. Cases will come mainly, but not totally, from Europe and the Middle East. 

 

Grading policy: Grades will be based on a series of short and long writing assignments (50%), as well as active seminar participation, including in-class presentations (50%).

 

Texts: Williams and Colomb, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace (4th ed.); Thomas Ertman, The Birth of the Leviathan; Arno Mayer, The Persistence of the Old Regime;  Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies; Brooker, Non-Democratic Regimes (2nd ed.); Kapuscinski, The Emperor; Boudreau, Resisting Dictatorship; Svolik, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39060 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm WEL 1.316
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no prerequisites

Course description:

This course addresses how United States officials have formed and pursued their ideas of national security from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to the Arab Spring of 2011. The class will focus on the patterns and effects of US political and military interventions abroad. We will give particular attention to US foreign policy in the Middle East, including the United States' relationships with such influential countries as Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. 

Grading policy:

Map and history quiz (10%), Exam 1 (30%), Exam 2 (30%), Exam 3 (30%).

Texts. There is no textbook for this course. 

GOV 390L • Political Economy Of Mid East

39413 • Fall 2013
Meets W 900am-1200pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as MES 384 )
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Course Description:

The course will examine how social scientists have explained major problems in the Middle East and North Africa. Topics will include authoritarianism, women's rights, popular protests, natural resource wealth, war, and foreign intervention. We will read and discuss a variety of recent books and articles from the scholarly literature.     

 

 

Grading Policy:  

Grades will be based on a combination of writing assignments, oral presentations, and regular in-class participation,      

 

Texts:  

Bayat, Life as Politics; Charrad, States and Women's Rights; Jones, Desert Kingdom; Mitchell, Carbon Democracy; Stacher, Adaptable Autocrats,     

GOV 365N • Egyptian Politics And Society

38797 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am MEZ B0.306
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Course Description

In spring 2011, Egypt was described in American media as the “anchor” of US policy in the Middle East, a “strategic cornerstone,” and “the most important Arab country.” This course helps explain how Egypt came to occupy such a prominent place. Our analysis will move chronologically from the struggle for independence in the early 20th century to the January 25, 2011 Revolution that toppled long-ruling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Students will be asked to read carefully and write clearly. Class discussions and assignments will require comprehending and critiquing the assigned material.

Course Requirements

Upper-division standing required.

6 semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.

Grading policy

Grades will be based on response papers (20%), exams (40%), attendance (20%), and in-class debates (20%).

Texts

Rabab El Mahdi and Philip Marfleet, Egypt: The Moment of Change.

William Strunk, E. B. White and Roger Angell, The Elements of Style, 4th ed.

Other readings to be determined.

GOV 385L • Rsch Meth/Qual Anly In Soc Sci

38950 • Spring 2012
Meets T 930am-1230pm BAT 1.104
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Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis in Social Science

Introduction to the theoretical debates and nuts-and-bolts surrounding the main tools of qualitative methodology, including archival research and interviewing.

Grading policy

 

Grades will be based on in-class participation (40%), response papers (30%) and project proposals (30%).

Texts

Catherine Boone, Political Topographies of the African State.

David Collier, ed., Rethinking Social Inquiry.

For a complete list of texts visit the Amazon.com Listmania page for Research Methods and Qualitative Analysis in Social Science.

GOV F365N • Egyptian Politics And Society

85277 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-400pm PAR 301
(also listed as MES F323K )
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In spring 2011, Egypt was described in American media as the “anchor” of US policy in the Middle East, a “strategic cornerstone,” and “the most important Arab country.” This course helps explain how Egypt, the most populous country in the Middle East, came to occupy such a prominent place. Our analysis will move chronologically from state-building under Muhammad Ali in the early 19th century to the January 25, 2011 Revolution that toppled long-ruling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

We will draw upon a range of works from the humanities and social sciences, including academic articles, novels, and films. Students will be asked to read carefully and write clearly. Class discussions and assignments will require comprehending and critiquing the assigned texts.

 

Course Requirements

Map quiz                                                                                                10%

Three short answer and multiple-choice exams (20% each)                        60%

Attendance and participation                                                                        30%

 

Primary course texts:

Afaf Lutfi Al-Sayyid Marsot, A Short History of Modern Egypt (1985). Additional texts to be determined. There will also be course packet of other readings.

 

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38745 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 100
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

39065 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm WCH 1.120
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 312L • Iss And Policies In Amer Gov

38200 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CAL 100
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Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

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