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Spring 2010

Research Workshop In Formal Modeling

Level
Semester
Spring 2010
Units
1
Section
1
Number
291F
CCN
71968
Times
Mondays 12:30-2pm
Location
C 335 Cheit ( Hass )
Course Description

Research Workshop in Formal Political Economy

This workshop provides an organized forum for intensive discussion of theoretical and empirical research using formal models of politics. All are welcome, but basic grounding in game theory will be assumed.

Workshop on Race, Immigration, and Identity

Level
Semester
Spring 2010
Units
4
Section
1
Number
269
CCN
71953
Course Description

Workshop on Race, Immigration, and Identity

Some of the deepest divisions and most violent conflicts in social, economic, and political life are rooted in collectivities defined by race and national belonging.  This course will engage students deeply and actively on how to conduct research on the topics of race, immigration, and identity.  The format is a workshop, designed to advance students’ developing or developed research interests on these topics.  We will quickly lay down some basic groundwork for inquiry at the outset.  For the remainder of the semester, the workshop will be structured around “master-class” sessions with visiting guest speakers and hands-on discussion and development of individual research projects.  The content of these sessions will be determined by the research interests of the enrolled students and the written works of the guest speakers. 

This workshop is ideally suited to graduate students working on their dissertation prospectus, early dissertation research, or a substantial research project beyond their dissertation.  During weeks in which a guest speaker visits, students will be expected to attend a public talk (held from 12-1:30) in addition to the regularly scheduled seminar.  The course is open to graduate students outside of the Department of Political Science with the approval of the instructor.

Quantitative Methodology in the Social Sciences Seminar

Level
Semester
Spring 2010
Units
4
Section
1
Number
236B
CCN
71929
Course Description

This course is intended to be a seminar in which we discuss research designs which have succeeded. Few causal inferences in the social sciences are compelling. We carefully examine successful examples to see why they work. The seminar is also a form for students to discuss their research designs and methods needed in their work. It should be particularly helpful for students writing their prospectus or designing a major research project. The seminar will be supplemented by lectures to cover the statistical and computational material needed to understand the readings such as matching methods, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian, maximum likelihood and robust estimation. Application are drawn from a variety of fields including political science, economics, sociology and public health.

Prerequisites

One of Political Science 236 ( The Statistics of Causal Inference in the Social Sciences), Statistics 215 (Statistical Models) or equivalent. PS 236A is recommended, and experiences with R is assumed

Formal Models of Political Science

Level
Semester
Spring 2010
Units
4
Section
1
Number
232A
CCN
71924
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the methodology of game theory and related modeling techniques, with a focus on applications in the study of politics.  The goal of the course is to get students familiar with the basic tools and frameworks of formal models as used in political science research.  This will enable you to be a more-informed reader of the growing body of literature that uses these methods or that tests predictions derived with them.  It should also prove useful in structuring your thinking about political actors and outcomes even when you are not explicitly using a formal model.  This course will also provide a starting point for students who hope to pursue more advanced training and even to use formal theory in their own future research.

 

Prerequisites

PS230 or other equivalent coursework covering multivariate calculus, probability theory, and optimization (e.g. Math 53 and Stat 20).

"Themes in Twentieth Century Political Theory: Marxism and Beyond".

Level
Semester
Spring 2010
Units
4
Section
1
Number
215B
CCN
71905
Course Description

 

PS 215b is a course on twentieth century political theory. The core text we shall be examining are the same as those for my PS 112d, which is where you’ll find them in the ASUC bookstore They are Lenin, “What is to be done?” and “State and Revolution,” in The Lenin Reader; Lukács, “Class Consciousness,” in History and Class Consciousness, pp 46-82; Gramsci. Selections from the Prison Notebooks, pp. 5-23, 206-7;

 

Supplementary reading

Raymond Geuss, Philosophy and Real Politics

George Lichtheim, Marxism. A Historical and Critical Study (p)

                               ­A Short History of Socialism (p)

Perry Anderson, Considerations on Western Marxism (p)

Ernst Nolte, Three Faces of Fascism (p)

Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination (p)  

------------    Marxism and Totality (p)

 Lenin

 Carl E. Schorske, German Social Democracy (p)

James Joll, The Second International

Bertrand D. Wolfe, Three Who Made a Revolution (p)

Leopold Haimson, The Russian Marxists and the Origins of Bolshevism

Alfred Meyer, Leninism

Georg Lukács, Lenin, A Study of the Unity of his Thought (p)

Paul Thomas, Alien Politics (p)

 Lukács

  Andrew Feenberg, Lukács, Marx and Sources of Critical Theory (p)

Eugene Lunn, Marxism and Modernism (p)

Seyla Benhabib, Situating the Self (p), chs 3-4

  Gramsci

 Paul Thomas, Alien Politics

Paul Piccone, Italian Marxism (p)

John M. Cammett, Antonio Gramsci and the Origins of Italian Communism

Water Adamson, Hegemony and Revolution. Antonio Gramsci’s Political and Cultural History

Anne Showstack Sassoon, Gramsci’s Politics (p)

Martin Clark, Antonio Gramsci and the Revolution that Failed

 Freud

Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization (p)

Philip Rieff, Freud.The Mind of the Moralist

 

Bruno Bettelheim, Freud and Man’s Soul (p)

Peter Gay, Freud. A Life for our Times

  Marcuse

 Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination (p)

Morton Schoolman, The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse (p)

Barry Katz, Herbert Marcuse and the Art of Liberation (p)

 Habermas

 Martin Jay, Marxism and Totality (p), ch 15

Raymond Geuss, The Idea of a Critical Theory: Habermas and the Frankfurt School

Thomas McCarthy, The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas

John B. Thompson and David Held, Habermas: Critical Debates (p)

 Arendt

 George Kateb, Hannah Arendt. Politics, Conscience, Evil

Margaret Canovan, Hannah Arendt. A Reinterpretation of her Political Thought

Hanna Pitkin, The Attack of the Blob. Hanna Arendt’s Concept of the Social

Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, Hannah Arendt. For Love of the World

                                         Why Arendt Matters

 Foucault

 Fred Dallmayr, Politics and Praxis, ch 3

Martin Jay, Marxism and Totality(p), Epilogue

Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics

David Macey, Foucault (p)