Political Economy of Power in American Society
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This program focuses on the issue of power in American society. We will investigate the nature of economic, political, social, military, ideological, and interpersonal power. The interrelationships of these dimensions will be a primary area of study. We will explore these themes through lectures, films, seminars, a journal, and short papers.
The analysis will be guided by the following questions, as well as others that may emerge from our discussions: Are there different kinds of power and how are they interrelated? Who has power in American society? How is power accumulated? How is power utilized and with what impact on various sectors of the population? What characterizes the struggle for power? How does domestic power relate to international power? How are people affected by current power structures? What responsibilities do citizens have to alter the structure of power? What alternative structures are possible, probable, necessary, or desirable?
In a time of war and economic, social, and political crisis, a good deal of the program will focus on international relations in a systematic and intellectual manner. This is a serious class for serious people. There is a good deal of reading and some weeks are more complex that others. Please be prepared to work hard and to challenge your previous thinking.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
foreign policy, government, history, advanced political economy, and public policy.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia