MA Seminar – Power, Freedom, and Democracy

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

MASeminar:Contested Concepts

Fall 2018

Taught By: David Plotke

Section: A

CRN: 3858

Credits: 3

Why study politics? Should we value political knowledge for its role in political and civic life? Is it a way to gain political and social ends? Is political inquiry mainly a professional and scientific project? What are the relations between studying politics and sustaining democracy? To address these questions we focus on basic concepts, including power, action, and freedom. What is power? How are force, coercion, and persuasion related? Is political action rational? What is freedom? Throughout the course we refer to major contemporary cases and problems, including how democratic polities can respond to political forces opposed to democratic practices. The M.A. seminar is required for M.A. students in Politics. It is open to Ph.D. students in Politics (and to students in other Departments and programs). Authors include Arendt, Berlin, Chenoweth, G.A. Cohen, Dahl, Foucault, M. L. King, Jr., Laclau, Lukes, Mansbridge, Nussbaum, E. Ostrom, Rousseau, Sen, and Weber.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 23

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:07pm 1/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200B

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018