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Fall 2015-2016
POL 386 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Violent Politics

Jacob N. Shapiro

Governments have tremendous power over our lives and thus the competition over who controls them is always intense and often violent. This course will study various ways in which violence is used to political ends. The larger goal of the course is to understand the sources of violence in political competition and the conditions under which political disputes can be peacefully resolved. Specific forms of violence to be covered include assassination, civil war, ethnic conflict, insurgency, revolution, riots, terrorism, and war.

Sample reading list:
Ben Shepherd, War in the Wild East
Jeremy Weinstein, Inside Rebellion
Stathis Kalyvas, Civil War
Mao Tes-Tung, On Guerilla Warfare
Bing West, The Village
Steve Wilkinson, Votes and Violence

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-250 pages of reading per week. There will be two 24-hour take-home multiple-essay exams. Students may substitute a 20-page term paper on some aspect of violent politics for the exams.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Freshman and sophomores may enroll with permission of the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21838 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M W   McCosh Hall   60   Enrolled:19 Limit:
23673 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:11 Limit:14 Closed
23674 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23675 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
24507 P04 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:8 Limit:14 Closed
21839 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled