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Vak 2010-2011

Description

In this compulsory course in the Political Science Master Program we will study a number of political science’s ‘modern classics’.

Methods of Instruction

Active student participation is required. Each meeting one of the students takes the lead by presenting a short review of the book; another student will act as discussant.

Literature

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations, forth edition, Basic Books, New York 2006 (1977).
Robert D. Putnam, Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy, Princeton University Press, Princeton (NJ) 1994.
Juan J. Linz & Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London 1996.
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights, Oxford U.P., Oxford etc. 1995.
John R. Searle, The Construction of Social Reality, Penguin Publishers, London etc. 1996.

Examination

Students will prepare reviews on each of the assigned books (1200 words each review). Moreover, they will be discussant and chair for one of the meetings.

Schedule
All meetings will take place in room 13.39 Plein (Building Stichthage)

Tuesday 1 February from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 8 February from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 15 February from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 22 February from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 1 March from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 8 March from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 15 March from 20.15- 22.00
Tuesday 22 March from 20.15- 22.00