Politics in Violence

POLSCI 329S

This seminar will examine the causes and consequences of different forms of political violence. We will first explore foundational questions in the study of violence and politics. What is the role of violence in the formation and consolidation of states? What is the relationship between violence and political regimes? We will then turn to an in-depth analysis of a variety of political violence in the contemporary world: terrorism, coups, riots, civil wars, revolutions, and state violence against civilians. This latter topic includes discussion of state repression in response to non-violent forms of resistance and protest. The seminar combines theoretical analysis and empirical exploration of cases across the world. While learning about the causes of different types of political violence, we will also discuss the implications of violence for political and economic development.

Exploration of the role of violence in politics. What is the role of violence in the formation and consolidation of states? What is the relationship between violence and political regimes? In-depth analysis of the varieties of political violence in contemporary world: terrorism, coups, riots, wars, protest violence, revolutions. Combination of theoretical analysis and empirical exploration of cases. Exploration of non-violent forms of resistance and protest. Reading responses and final research paper required. Instructor: Staff
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Curriculum Codes
  • R
  • W
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ICS 329S
  • RIGHTS 329S
Typically Offered
Occasionally