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SPRING 2006 PSC 355: STATE AND NATION-BUILDING Clement E. Adibe, Ph.D. Office: 990 W. Fullerton, #2210 Tel.: 773-325-1981; fax: 773-325-7337 E-mail : [email protected] Lecture Hours: MWF 10.50-11.50 a.m. Lecture Room : 990 W. Fullerton, #1405 Office Hours: MWF 12.30-1.30pm; and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES The “nation-state” represents the most complex social construction in human history. For many individuals who live in the twenty-first century, the “nation-state” appears to be a rather natural institution. Many people cannot imagine life outside the context of the “nation-state.” We identify with it from birth: our citizenship and concurrent rights and obligations derive from our membership in the “nation-state.” So attached are we to the “nation-state” that even when we change our citizenship, we are merely expressing a choice from a menu of “nation-states.” But “nation-states” have not always been around. They are human creations in response to complex social, environmental, political and economic changes. This course will be taught as a senior level seminar course. This means that the course will be highly interactive, requiring adequate reading and preparation as well as class discussions. The purpose and objective of the course is to examine the evolution and transformation of the “nation-state.” It is called State and Nation Building in order to highlight the ‘constructivist’ character of this monumental human project. The “nation- state” is the result of the human quest for individual and collective improvement. For this reason, we shall be taking a comparative and dynamic view of the “nation-state.” We shall focus on its evolution and characteristics over time and space . In this quarter, we shall pay particular attention to two salient aspects of the inquiry. The first is the exclusionary character and human costs of the project of nation-building. For this, we shall begin with an examination of Adam Hochschild’s King Leopold’s Ghost and 1
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Anthony Marx’s Faith in Nation . Our second area of emphasis this quarter shall be on the crucial development of legitimate authority and the administrative apparatus of the nation-state on which our contemporary notion of modernity rests. For this, we shall return to Max Weber’s irreplaceable classic: The Theory of Social and Economic Organization . COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION Course Assumptions : This course assumes that students have taken introductory courses in comparative politics, political philosophy and some combination of upper level courses in international politics. It also assumes a high level of student awareness of global affairs. Attendance and Class Participation (10%):
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  • King Leopold's Ghost, Leopold II of Belgium, Adam Hochschild, Theory of Social and Economic Organization, ANTHONY MARX

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