Politics of Violence

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Politics of Violence

Fall 2018

Taught By: Sara Hassani

Section: AX

CRN: 7703

Credits: 4

This course approaches the question of political violence, comparatively, from at least two vantage points: that of the state, and that of individual or citizen. What brings either to engage in mass violence? What are the labels used to describe their relationships to violence (i.e. ‘terrorism’ or ‘genocide’) and why are these labels so impactful and contentious? How can a democracy engage in torture? And how have various forms of resistance or struggle mobilized violence to political ends? Together, we will inquire into the relationship between politics and violence (both material and symbolic), and, over the course of the semester, aim to distinguish between different forms of violence (i.e. crime, colonialism, warfare, famine, founding violence, genocide, terrorism, revolutionary struggle, etc.) while paying particular attention to the ways in which these definitions can – at times – bleed into one another. The course will proceed thematically, and our conversations will be focused around cases such as that of the Armenian and Rwandan Genocides, the Shoa, the Weather Underground, Suicide Bombings, Guantanamo Bay, Black Sites, the FLN, the NRA, the PLO, the Irish Famine, the Kurdish Death-Fast struggle, and the contemporary case of Rojava, among others.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 10:02pm 1/17/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 903

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018