Sociology of Revolutions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sociology of Revolutions

Spring 2021

Taught By: Andrew Arato

Section: A

CRN: 8479

Credits: 4

The course will consider eight historical cases of revolution as well as two cases of revolutionary level changes often described as post-revolutionary. After a close reading of Hannah Arendt’s classic work, On Revolution, we will focus on the English, American, French, Latin American, Haitian, Russian, Mexican, Chinese and Islamic (Iran) revolutions, and, time permitting, the civil rights ‘revolution’ in the United States and the regime changes in Central Europe during and after 1989. For each we will select an important interpreter: Edmund Morgan, Gordon Wood, Francois Furet, Benedict Anderson, C.L.R. James, Leon Trotsky, Frank Tannenbaum, Theda Skocpol, Said Arjomand and Bruce Ackerman among them. (Substitutions are possible given student interest). In each case we will examine the role of social and political mobilization, elite conflicts, and attempts to institutionalize new regimes through constitutions. Students will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in the conflictual process and outcome of one of these revolutions, or another of their choice. One in class presentation and one short paper based on it will be required.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021