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Office Hours: T 1:45-2:45, Th 4:30-5:30 T 3:30-5:50, Th 3:30-4:20
In general, the long Tuesday meetings will be devoted to viewing films and, when time is available, informal discussions. Thursday class meetings will be used for more focused class discussions on readings and topics assigned by the professor.
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Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Plume
Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously, Penguin
Peter Matthiessen, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Vintage Books
Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men, Harvest Books
-Class attendance and contributions to discussions.
-One three-page paper analyzing political issues raised by one of the films viewed in class. The paper is due at the beginning of class, Thursday, September 25th.
-One five-page paper that compares novel and film treatments of political issues in All the King’s Men or At Play in the Fields of the Lord. The paper is due at the start of class, Thursday, October 23rd.
-One eight-page paper comparing book and film treatments of political issues found in The Quiet American, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, or The Year of Living Dangerously. The paper is due at the start of class, Thursday, December 4th.
-Final exam, December 9th, 4-5:50, based on questions distributed in class on December 4th.
Rewrite policy Students may elect to resubmit any of their papers. After the first resubmission, however, subsequent resubmitted papers will be graded down half a grade (five points out of 100.)
Grades will be determined as follows:
Attendance and participation 15
3-page paper 10
5-page paper 15
8-page paper 20
Final exam 40
Assigned readings should be done prior to the class meetings for which they are assigned.
Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will, The Great Dictator, Bamboozled
August 28, Analyzing politics
Library reserve: Gabriel A. Almond, G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Kaare Strom, Russell J. Dalton, Comparative Politics, A Theoretical Framework, 4th edition (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2004) pp.1-38
September 2, Industrial society and its ills, Modern Times
Michael A. Genovese, Politics and the Cinema: an Introduction to Political Films, pp.1-26
September 9, Power crossing cultures, At Play in the Fields of the Lord
Peter Matthiessen, At Play in the Fields of the Lord
September 16, Totalitarianism: comparing depictions of Animal Farm
September 23, Means and ends, All the King’s Men
Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
Three-page paper due
September 30, Nationalism, propaganda, and historical fulcrums, Enemy at the Gate
October 7, Securing the collectivity; securing individual rights, The Siege
October 14, Politicians’ privacy and the double standard, The Contender
October 21, Class as a political category, Remains of the Day, Grand Illusion
Five-page paper due
October 28, Riding the mobilization tiger, The Year of Living Dangerously
Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously
November 4, Revolt without revolution, Spartacus, Amistad
Keith R. Bradley, Slavery and Rebellion in the Roman World, 140 B.C.-70 B.C., pp.2-17, 93-101
November 11, The morality of individuals and of history, The Quiet American
Graham Greene, The Quiet American
November 18, Sustaining humane values amid the horror, Heaven and Earth
Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places
November 25, Anarchy and deterrence; rationality and genocide, Dr. Strangelove, Shane
“Battlefield Space,” New York Times
Robert J. Lieber, No Common Power, Understanding International Relations, 2nd edition (Harper Collins, 1991) pp.5-10
December 2, Power and plenty confront community, Apocalypse Now
Eight-page paper due
December 9, final exam, 4-5:50