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Spring+2008+Modern+Syllabus - University Connecticut...

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University Connecticut Political Science Department Mary J. Dudas O FFICE : Monteith 210 O FFICE H OURS : Mon & Wed 5:00 – 6:00 and by appointment E MAIL : [email protected] Political Science 202, Section 2 Modern Political Theory Monday 6:00-8:30 Monteith 115 A BOUT THIS SYLLABUS : Please read this syllabus carefully, you are responsible for all of the information herein. If you lose your syllabus please ask me for a replacement copy. A BOUT THIS COURSE : In this course we will read writers who engage with the question, implicitly or explicitly, “what does it mean to be modern?” Some celebrate modernity; others reject it, but most are ambivalent about modernity even as they struggle to define it. Through these writers we will examine the question of what it means to be modern. We will consider the relationship between modernity and liberalism, capitalism, and the Enlightenment; but also the relationship between modernity and colonialism, racism, narcissism, and normalization. C OURSE R EQUIREMENTS : 1. Participation 16% 2. 5 1-page response papers (6% each) 30% 3. 8 In-class writing assignments 24% 3. 5-6 page take-home final 30% M Y E XPECTATIONS : 1. I will not track or grade your attendance . 16% of your grade is participation, which means you will be graded on the frequency and quality of your contributions to class discussion.
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