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Junior Seminar: Politics and History

Semester
Units
4
Section
1
Number
191
CCN
71825
Course Description

Nearly everyone agrees that history somehow matters for understanding political life, but there are many disagreements concerning how much, how we would know, and the the mechanisms of history’s influence. What role do historical legacies, path dependence, and past critical junctures play in contemporary politics? What are the best methods for illuminating the influence of the past? We explore these and related questions through close examination of an eclectic array of scholarly materials.

Requirements

The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.

This junior seminar falls within the "Comparative Politics" subfield, and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.

Prerequisites

Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS. Selection and notification will occur around August 13, 2012. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar.