Spring 2012

SOCS 667
American Political Development


01/30/2012 - 05/04/2012
Wednesday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

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This course introduces students to a scholarship and a method of analysis that melds the historical with the institutional, applied to understanding the evolving state/society relationship in American political life. In the first eight weeks, we examine seven developmental junctures in US history; in the next three weeks, we examine three critical-theoretical themes that cut across studies in political development; in the final three weeks, we focus directly on developmental themes and concepts that are deployed and contested in APD scholarship.

Readings may include the following:

Karen Orren & Stephen Skowronek, The Search for American Political Development (Cambridge, 2004).

Bruce Ackerman,We the People: Foundations (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1991).

Bruce Ackerman, We the People: Transformations (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1998).

Students will be graded on participation, one literature review, one mid-term paper, and one final research paper.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

Elvin Lim (B.A., M.A., MSc, D.Phil., University of Oxford) is associate professor of government. Click here for more information about Elvin Lim.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 15

Texts to purchase for this course:
Karen Orren & Stephen Skowronek, The Search for American Political Development, (Cambridge, 2004)

Bruce Ackerman,We the People: Foundations ,(Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1991)

Bruce Ackerman, We the People: Transformations, (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1998)

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