POLITICAL SCIENCE 3362 TWENTIETH CENTURY POLITICAL THOUGHT society. The main focus is on those concepts most relevant to our world: alienation, mechanization of life, fear of political impotence. This course analyzes the political implications of the problems of modern mass REQUIRED TEXTS: Ball and Dagger, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal, 5th ed., Longman Boff and Boff, Introducing Liberation Theology, Orbis Bork, Slouching Toward Gomorah, Harper-Collins Giddens, The Third Way, Blackwell Hooks, Feminist Theory, South End Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Signet Reich, I’ll Be Short, Beacon COURSE EXPECTATIONS: 1. PLSC 3362 meets from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You are expected to be in class at those times. A pattern of non-attendance may lead to your separation from the course. You will be penalized 1.5 points for each unexcused absence. If you have what you consider a legitimate excuse to miss class you must present that excuse in written form. 2. You are invited to take advantage or office hours: my office is 208 Carr Collins Hall. Office hours are posted in a notebook in the Department’s entry. 3. There are other channels of communication as well. My telephone number is 214.768.2522. You may e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. My website is http://faculty.smu.edu./bkcarter . Course material will be e-mailed to you from time to time. 4. Contributions to discussion will be noted; worthwhile contribution is remembered when final grades are set, especially in borderline cases. 5. You are expected to keep up with the assignments. Unannounced quizzes will be given. 6. In addition to those quizzes there will be three take-home essays. The third essay is a part of the final exam. These requirements are weighed: 15% for the quizzes; 15% for the first essay; 30% for the second essay; 40% for the final exam. 7. Take-home essays are due in class on the day announced. Late papers can be turned in only in class and will be penalized one letter grade (10 points) per class meeting. 8. There will be two parts to the final examination. The first part, a take-home essay, will be worth 30 of the 40 exam points. It will be distributed on 12 April and will be due at 3 p.m. on Friday, 5 May. The second part, the objective portion, will be worth 10 of the exam points. It will be administered from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, 5 May. 9. The last day to drop this class is Wednesday,5 April. 10. If you need academic accommodations for a disability, you must first contact the Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities at 214.768.4563 to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Then you should schedule an appointment with me to make appropriate arrangements. 11. This syllabus is in the nature of a contract. I will follow it; so should you. COURSE SCHEDULE: THE SETTING: THEORY AND MODERNITY Jan, 18 Jan. 20 Lecture: Introduction to PLSC 3362 Lecture: Theory and Reality Assignment: Ball, ix-17 Jan. 23 Discussion: The Craft of Theory Assignment: Ball, 19–50 Lecture: 20th Century Political Thought: New Battles, Old Strategies? Assignment: Ball, 50-85 Discussion: Ball, Dagger, and Democracy Assignment: Reich, vii-45, 254-259 Jan. 25 Jan. 27 THE LIBERAL TRADITION RESTATED Jan. 30 Lecture: The Liberal Heritage Assignment: Reich, 49-87 Feb. 1 Lecture: Evolutionary Liberalism Assignment: Reich, 91-121 FIRST ESSAY TOPIC DISTRIBED Feb. 3 Discussion: Defining Liberalism Assignment: Rand, 11-34 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 10 Feb. 13 Feb. 15 Discussion: Modern Liberalism Assignment: Rand, 44-62, 102-109 Lecture: Liberal Individualism Assignment: Rand, 122-166, 183-201 Discussion: Liberalism and Capitalism Assignment: Rand, 202-235, 297-337 Discussion: Rand and Individualism Assignment: Ball, 87-114, Bork, xii-33 Discussion: Review No Assignment PRESERVING THE CONSERVATIVE HERITAGE Feb. 17 Lecture: The Conservative Mood Assignment: Bork, 33-119 Feb. 20 Lecture: Conservatism and Order Assignment: Bork, 120-192 Feb. 22 Discussion: Thinking About Conservatism FIRST ESSAY DUE Feb. 24 Discussion: Conservatism and Tradition Assignment: Bork, 193-271 Feb. 27 Discussion: Bork as Conservative Assignment: Bork, 272-343 KEEPING THE LEFT ALIVE Mar. 1 Lecture: The Left Restated Assignment: Ball, 115-172 Mar. 3 Lecture: Humane Marxism Assignment: Lenin (on web site) SECOND ESSAY TOPIC DISTRIBUTED Mar. 6 Mar. 8 Mar. 10 Lecture: Humane Marxism, continued Assignment: 1945 Labour Party Manifesto (on web site) Discussion: Lenin on Politics Assignment: Giddens, 1-68 Lecture: Democratic Socialism Assignment: Giddens, 69-98 SPRING VACATION, 13-17 MARCH Mar. 20 Mar. 22 Discussion: The Third Way Assignment: Giddens, 99-155 Discussion: Review Assignment: Work on essay NATIONALISM AND FASCISM Mar. 24 Lecture: The Revolt Against Complexity Assignment: Ball, 253-254, 173-200 Mar. 27 Discussion: Nationalism’s Appeal SECOND ESSAY DUE Mar. 29 Discussion: Triumph of the Will No Assignment Mar. 31 Discussion: Alone and Afraid Assignment: Ball, 201-249 THEORY AND EMPOWERMENT Apr. 3 Lecture: Theory and the Quest for Wholeness Assignment: Hooks, x -67 Apr. 5 Discussion: Theory Y and Empowerment Assignment: Hooks, 68-107 (last day to drop this class) Apr. 7 Lecture: Feminism and Empowerment Assignment: Hooks, 108-166 Apr. 10 Discussion: Gender, Hierarchy, and Empowerment Assignment: Guevara (on web site) Apr. 12 Discussion: Empowerment By Force? THIRD ESSAY TOPIC DISTRIBUTED GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY, APRIL 14 Apr. 17 Discussion: Che’s Message CHRISTIANITY AND EMPOWERMENT Apr. 19 Apr. 21 Apr. 24 Apr. 26 Apr. 28 May 1 Lecture: The Christian Heritage Assignment: Boff, 1-42 Lecture: The Christian Imperative Assignment: Boff, 43-77 Lecture: The Word Made Flesh – A New Humanity Assignment: Boff, 78-95 Discussion: Liberation Theology Assignment: Work on essay Discussion: Community, Justice, and Empowerment Assignment: Work on essay Discussion; The Final Review Assignment: Keep calm!