Life and death in international society

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Life & Death in Intl Society

Winter / January 2021

Taught By: Quentin Bruneau

Section: A

CRN: 8853

Credits: 3

******** Winter Intensive******** What determines whether states and other polities survive and thrive or whither and die? Just as individuals’ life prospects within a given society are determined by a variety of factors (e.g.race, class), so are polities’ prospects within international society (sometimes also referred to as the society of states). This course is an attempt to analyse how those determining factors have changed over the last five hundred years. The end goal is to shed light on the specificity of contemporary international society. The course is divided in three parts. The first deals with preliminary conceptual questions, using Max Weber’s sociological notion of ‘life chances’ as a starting point. The second part of the course focuses on the early modern period, around which so many theories of world politics emphasising the importance of war and military force are built. By contrast, the course seeks to tone down the role of these factors. The third section examines the period from the French Revolution to the present and is particularly concerned with understanding why a large number of previously independent polities were literally extinguished during that timeframe. Readings for this course will draw on scholarship in a variety of disciplines, including work by Charles Alexandrowicz, Lauren Benton, Tanisha Fazal, Mamadou Hébié, Edward Keene, and Jason Sharman. Students are advised to register early for this intensive so they can be included in pre-course communication about reading to be done before the intensive begins.”

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: January 5, 2021 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: January 13, 2021 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 10:00am - 11:50am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/2/2021 - 1/20/2021