Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2019

Taught By: Andreas Kalyvas

Section: A

CRN: 7801

Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to the study of the political concept of revolution. One main purpose is to explore how this concept by unifying different modalities of resistance, revolt, uprising, and insurrection became in modern times the paradigmatic experience of emancipatory politics to such an extent that it defined modernity as the age of revolutions. In this context, the course will examine various temporalities and geographies of revolution and engage with a number of influential theoretical and strategic formulations of the revolutionary project. Respectively, we will consider how distinct conceptions of revolution have informed and influenced different approaches to politics. Another course objective is to investigate the challenges and dilemmas of revolutionary thought and practice, their limitations and failures and therefore to address the question of whether the term has become so fraught today that it should be either discarded altogether or replaced with other signifiers of radical struggle and social change. Finally, we will also examine a constellation of concepts that were associated with the emergence and modulations of revolutionary politics and shaped profoundly the modern political lexicon (citizenship, sovereignty and constituent power, violence and terror, disobedience, democracy, nationalism, socialism, anti-imperialism and decolonization, etc.). Among the authors that will be studied are Thomas Paine, Maximilien Robespierre, Marquis de Condorcet, Gracchus Babeuf, August Blanqui, Karl Marx, Mikhail Bakunin, Vladimir Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Leo Trotsky, C.L.R. James, Frantz Fanon, Kwame Nkrumah, Mao Zedong, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Reinhart Koselleck

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: 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: 9:17pm 5/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 901

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019