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Fall 2017-2018
* POL 415 / CHV 415 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Civil Disobedience, Protest, and Resistance: Ethical and Empirical Perspectives

Jan-Werner Müller


This course examines different forms of protest and resistance, with a special emphasis on the concept of civil disobedience. Our perspective is primarily that of normative political theory, but we will also draw on recent empirical work examining the effectiveness of different forms of protest and occasionally venture into legal theory. The main focus is on the US, but there will also be a ranger of international comparisons.

Sample reading list:
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
Martin Luther King Jr., Love, Law and Civil Disobedience
Tommie Shelby, Justice, Deviance, and the Dark Ghetto
Erica Chenowith and Maria Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works
Joseph Raz, Civil Disobedience
Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 100 pages per week of reading. Two papers of 5 pages each during term time, final take-home, possibility of substituting research paper for final take-home.

Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
By application only: send 500 word essay why you wish to take the course to the instructor..

Reserved Seats:
VPL Certificate Students Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22826 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed