Carleton University Winter 2008 Department of Political Science PSCI 1001B Great Political Questions: Power and ResistanceLecture: Thursdays 11:35 – 1:25 ; Location: AT101 Instructor: Professor William Walters Office: C673 Loeb Telephone: 520 2600 ex. 2790 Email: [email protected]OfficeHours: M 11.30-12.30 ; Th 14.00 – 16.00 COURSE AIMS What is power and what has it got to do with politics? Is all politics about power, or just certain kinds of politics? Where do we find power? Does the state exercise power? Do the media and business wield power? Can we, should we resist power, and if so, how? Can individuals and groups possess power? What if power has a history? What would it look like? Or a geography? Perhaps we could speak not of power in general but of particular forms of power as well as resistance, and how it is that certain forms come into existence in certain places, at certain times always under particular conditions. This course will take up these and other questions about power. We will study power through the lens of certain key thinkers, past and present, paying special attention to what they understand by power, and the circumstances under which they confronted questions of power. Amongst the themes of the course are capitalism and power, colonialism and power, media and ideology, globalization, neoliberalism, and new forms of resistance. COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1Mid-term exam(90 min – in class) Feb. 14(20%) 2Tutorial participation (10%) 3Term paper(due in lecture April 3.Required length: 2500 words, not including bibliography (30%) •Your paper should use at least 10relevant scholarly sources (e.g., from reputable scholarly journals). •Your essay will offer a critical assessment of one of the thinkers and/or themes of the course. For example, you might address the question: ‘What are the limitations of Herman and Chomsky’s theory of the media?’ Your essay will need to uncover additional sources to those included on the reading list. 3Final exam(150 mins - during exam period, April 11-29) (40%). Further departmental and university requirements are listed on the last page of this handout. 4Films – one or more films/documentaries will be shown in most weeks. Please note: exam questions will test your understanding of course readings, lectures andfilms and documentaries shown in class. 5Late penalties:1stto 6thday after the deadline = half grade deduction ; 7thto 13th= full grade. Etc.
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