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CS92PROD
Resistance and Revolution
GOVT 349
Fall 2017
Section: 01  

What is a political revolution and how do you know? What is distinctive about political resistance, and when do such acts succeed in expanding human freedom? Students in this course will read great works in political theory on the concepts of human resistance and political revolution. Examining cases such as the French Revolution, India's independence movement, the Algerian War, and the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe, we will ask how various theories of revolution, resistance, and regime change shaped political debate in the public and private spheres. Core thinkers we will examine include Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, Edmund Burke, Olympe de Gouges, Václav Havel, Albert Camus, and Mahatma Gandhi. This course prompts students to explore the historical contexts in which the respective authors produced their texts and to consider the ways in which their ideas of resistance and revolution emerged from their political landscapes.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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