DVC Political Science 220 - Comparative Politics

Course Syllabus and Outline

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Part One Lecture Outlines: A Framework for Understanding Comparative Politics

(August 24) Lecture / Discussion Page - Introduction to Comparative Politics

Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the August 24, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Make America....More Like Canada - Pizzigati
  • 5. Video Presentation: Where to Invade Next (first hour)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Comparative Politics: What Is It? Why Study It? How to Study It?
  • Democratic Backsliding in the U.S. and Why the Rest of the West Should Care - Portzer
  • Spectrums of Nationalism: A Comparison of American and Chinese Nationalism - Roach
  • Foreign versus Domestic Bribery: Explaining Repression in Kleptocratic Regimes - LaPorte
  • What's Behind the G7's Rival to China's 'Belt & Road' Initiative? - Al Jazeera
  • (August 31) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Modern State

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the August 31, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] The Modern State
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Understanding the Modern State - D'Amato
  • 5. Video Presentation: Where to Invade Next (second hour)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] The Modern State
  • Big Shorts & Failed States - Dreher
  • 'Failed State' Status Here We Come? - Pizzigati
  • The Roots of Jacobinism - Hilditch
  • A World of Bikes, Not Walls?: Demilitarizing the Border - Miller
  • (September 7) Lecture / Discussion Page - States, Citizens, and Regimes

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 7, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] States, Citizens, and Regimes
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It - Rockhill
  • 5. Video Presentation: What is Democracy?
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] States, Citizens, and Regimes
  • The Weaknesses in Liberal Democracy That May Be Pulling It Apart - Fisher
  • Nobody's Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents - Freeman
  • Millions Protest India's Anti-Muslim Citizenship Laws As Gov't Crackdown Intensifies - MacLeod
  • The Fight Conservatives Are Having Over Theocracy and Classical Liberalism Obscures How Beaten Their Movement Is - Gillespie
  • (September 14) Lecture / Discussion Page - States and Identity

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 14, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] States and Identity
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: An American Identity Crisis - Purple
  • 5. Video Presentation: Zero Tolerance
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] States and Identity
  • Who Gets to Wear a Headscarf? The Complicated History Behind France's Latest Hijab Controversy - Lang
  • Iowa Bills Would Ban Teachers From Talking About Trans Issues - Walker
  • Defend Feminists in China - Solidarity Against Repression in China and Hong Kong
  • Why Identity-Politics Pushers Are Winning the Culture Wars - Dougherty
  • (September 21) Lecture / Discussion Page - Other World Regions: Latin America

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 21, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Other World Regions: Latin America
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: From Trump to Biden in Latin America - Long
  • 5. Video Presentation: Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Other World Regions: Latin America
  • Is the 'Pink Tide' Returning to Latin America? - Sader and Baird
  • Under Left-Wing and Right-Wing Leaders, the Amazon Has Burned. Can Latin America Reject Oil, Ranching, and Mining? - Zaitchik
  • Chile Shifts Left to Rewrite Pinochet-Era Constitution, as Goldman Sachs Eyes its Copper Reserves - Norton
  • Narco Politics: the Political Economy of the Drug War - Terrall
  • Part Two Lecture Outlines: Political Systems and How They Work

    (September 28) Lecture / Discussion Page - Governing Institutions in Democracies

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the September 28, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Governing Institution in Democracies
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Decay of American Political Institutions - Fukuyama
  • 5. Video Presentation: Requiem for the American Dream
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Governing Institutions in Democracies
  • Israel's Knesset Is Debating Democracy Itself - Lynfield
  • The Fate of Rojava, the Autonomous, Majority Kurdish Region of Syria - Against the Grain
  • How the US Became the Center of Global Kleptocracy - Michel
  • The NED's Useful Idiots - Nelson
  • (October 5) Lecture / Discussion Page - Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 5, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Details About Ranked Choice Voting - Fair Vote
  • 5. Video Presentation: Pay to Play: Democracies High Stakes
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Institutions of Participation and Representation in Democracies
  • How Proportional Representation Elections Work - Fair Vote
  • Why Our Green Parties Haven't Taken Off - Dixon
  • The Far-Right: A Global Phenomenon - Lowy
  • Corporatism Is An American, Bipartisan Scourge - Enjeti
  • (October 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - Contentious Politics: Social Movements, Political Violence, and Revolution

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 12, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Contentious Politics: Social Movements, Political Violence, and Revolution
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: No, the Capitol Riot Was Not a Dress Rehearsal for a Coup d'Etat - Brown
  • 5. Video Presentation: American Insurrection - PBS Frontline
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Contentious Politics: Social Movements, Political Violence, and Revolution
  • The Capitol Rioters Aren't Like Other Extremists - Pape & Ruby
  • Riots and Resistance 10 Years After the Tunisian Revolution - Brown
  • Chris Hedges: Discussion with Roger Hallam of Extinction Rebellion - Scheerpost
  • The Roots of Social Rebellion? Social Movements - Chaulia
  • (October 19) Lecture / Discussion Page - Authoritarian Institutions

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 19, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Authoritarian Institutions
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Difference Between Totalitarian Regimes And Free Democracies- Johnstone
  • 5. Video Presentation: Putin's Way - PBS Frontline
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Authoritarian Institutions
  • As US Continues New Cold War, Russia and China Forge New Ties - Mate
  • There Are No Issues on Which China Can Be Considered an Ally - Schorr
  • The Real Global Threat to 21st Century Freedom Is Authoritarian Capitalism Not Democratic Socialism - Bloom
  • After Trump 'Treason' Talk, Sanders Says 'Grassroots Activism' Key to Defeating 'Authoritarianism' - Johnson
  • (October 26) Lecture / Discussion Page - Regime Change

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the October 26, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Regime Change
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Trump Administration Escalates Regime Change Operation Against Venezuela With Forced 'Humanitarian Aid Delivery'
  • 5. Video Presentation: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Documentary
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Regime Change
  • The Myanmar Coup Is the First Test for Biden's Democracy Agenda - Green
  • How to Do "Regime Change" Correctly: a Blueprint for the Biden Administration - Fayazmanesh
  • The Future of Maximum Pressure - Hajjar
  • Washington Brings Syria's Al Qaeda in From the Cold - Van Auken
  • (November 2) Lecture / Discussion Page - Other World Regions: Asia and Eurasia

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 2, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Other World Regions: Asia and Eurasia
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: A Theory of China's 'Miracle': Eight Principles of Contemporary Chinese Political Economy - Enfu & Xiaoqin
  • 5. Video Presentation: China: Power and Prosperity - PBS Newshour
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Other World Regions: Asia and Eurasia
  • North Korea's Kim Vows to Be Ready for Confrontation with US - Kim
  • Empire Files: Buying a Slave - The Hidden World of US/Philippines Trafficking
  • Just How Stable Is North Korea? - Kelly
  • How Saudi Arabia's Religious Project Transformed Indonesia - Varagur
  • Part Three Lecture Outlines: Political Economy and Policy

    (November 9) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Economy of Wealth

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 9, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Political Economy of Wealth
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Higher the Inequality, the More Likely We Are to Move Away from Democracy - Milanovic
  • 5. Video Presentation: Free To Choose: The Power of the Market
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Political Economy of Wealth
  • Inequality, Ideology, and American Reordering - Garfinkle
  • The Problem With Inequality, According to Adam Smith - Rasmussen
  • College-Educated Professionals Are Capitalism's Useful Idiots - Anderson
  • Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us - Urie
  • (November 16) Lecture / Discussion Page - Political Economy of Development

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 16, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Political Economy of Development
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Reflections on South Africa: Whose Capital, Whose State? - Tandon
  • 5. Video Presentation: System Error
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Political Economy of Development
  • Property Rights: The Key to Economic Development - O'Driscoll Jr. & Hoskins
  • Aid, Debt and Development: An Overview - Share the World's Resources
  • Women & Development Aid - Sharma
  • A Guide to US Empire in Africa: Neocolonial Order & AFRICOM - The Empire Files
  • (November 23) Lecture / Discussion Page - Public Policies When Markets Fail: Welfare, Health, and the Environment

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 23, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Public Policies When Markets Fail: Welfare, Health, and the Environment
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Africa's Exploding Plastic Nightmare - Lerner
  • 5. Video Presentation: Four Horsemen
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Public Policies When Markets Fail: Welfare, Health, and the Environment
  • America Will Keep Losing Its Middle Class as Long as 'Free Markets' Dominate the Economic Debate - Auerback
  • Junk: Mark Bittman's History of Why We Eat Bad Food - McKibben
  • Black and Latinx Americans Have Seen "Catastrophic" Declines in Life Expectancy - Szabo
  • Economic Update: The Pandemic's Lesson About Capitalism - Democracy at Work with Richard Wolff
  • (November 30) Lecture / Discussion Page - Other World Regions: The Middle East and North Africa

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the November 30, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Other World Regions: The Middle East and North Africa
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Geopolitics, Profit, and Poppies: How the CIA Turned Afghanistan into a Failed Narco-State - MacLeod
  • 5. Video Presentation: Arabs & Terrorism
  • 6. Discussion Board Question for Video Presentation
  • [PowerPoint Presentation] Other World Regions: The Middle East and North Africa
  • AFRICOM Military's Exercise: The Art of Creating New Pretexts for Propagating US Interests - Kulkarni
  • America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History - Bacevich
  • Israel's New Government Is a Rebuke of Left-Wing Nonsense - Mor
  • Israel's Deep Apartheid Is Here to Stay - Haaretz Podcast with Gideon Levy
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    Canvas Journal Responses - Due: Subject to Change. Check Canvas Assignments Page for Final Due Date

  • For the following lectures, please respond to the highlighted question from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Question" section. Responses should be at least one page in length (double-spaced). Most importantly, these journal responses should not just SUMMARIZE the question, but ANALYZE and EVALUATE them!
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Politics and Human Nature), Question 7 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Critically Analyzing Political Theory), Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero), Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (God, the Bible, Augustine, Aquinas), Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism), Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Conservatism), Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Marxism), Question 1 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Darwinian Theories), Question 7 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Political Parties and Sartre), Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Interest Groups and Freud), Question 6 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Public Opinion and the Mass Media), Question 5 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Executive Agencies, Leadership, Bureaucracies and Confucius), Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Legislative and Judicial Systems and Hinduism), Question 5 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (New Directions in Political Science and Cognate Fields), Question 7 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • The Soil of Democracy - POLSC 220 Fall 2021 Research Project - Due: November 14, 2021

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Active Citizen Participation - Theory)
  • Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky
  • [Book] Debating Democracy - Miroff
  • Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Is It Worth the Effort? - Irwin
  • Public Deliberation in an Age of Direct Citizen Participation - Roberts
  • Couch Potato Democracy? - Valelly
  • [Book] Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship - Bellah & Madsen
  • [Book] Democracy's Romantic Myths - Mueller
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Active Citizen Participation - Practice)
  • [Book] Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community - Putnam
  • Cultural Currency - Halpern
  • Why Americans Still Don't Vote - Piven & Cloward
  • Playing Dumb? Dan Rather's Curiously Clueless Take on Why American's Don't - Street
  • The Citizen As Respondent: Sample Surveys and American Democracy - Verba
  • [Book] America's Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence - Galston
  • [Book] The Active Citizen - Loeb
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Large Middle Class - Traditional Perspectives)
  • [Book] Democracy and Capitalism - Friedman
  • [Book] The Road to Serfdom - Hayek
  • [Book] The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You - Palmer
  • [Book] Debating Democracy - Miroff
  • [Book] Myths of Rich and Poor - Cox
  • Saving the Dream - Heritage Foundation
  • The Minimum Wage Harms the Most Vulnerable - Richman
  • Terms of Contention - Garfinkle
  • The Inequality That Matters - Cowen
  • Left Out - Fukuyama
  • American Dreams, American Resentments - Mead
  • Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right and Left Get Wrong - Muller
  • Defending the One Percent - Mankiew
  • Job Losses and Trade: A Reality Check - CATO Institute
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Large Middle Class - Critical Perspectives)
  • Demise of the US Middle Class Now Official - Smith
  • [Book] America Beyond Capitalism - Alperovitz
  • [Book] Democracy at Risk - Gates
  • [Book] The Wealth Inequality Reader - Fireside
  • Growth and the Middle Class - Madland
  • The American Dream Has Become A Burden For Most - Younge
  • [Book] The Spiral of Inequality - Krugman
  • Are We Still A Middle Class Nation? - Lind
  • The Broken Contract: Inequality and American Decline - Packer
  • The Myth of the Middle Class: Have Most Americans Always Been Poor? - Nasser
  • Obama Destroys the Middle Class - Whitney
  • Understanding America's Class System - Bageant
  • No Functioning U.S. Democracy - Street
  • Dollarocracy: How Big Money Undermines Our Democracy - Nichols and McChesney
  • America's Lost Egalitarian Tradition - Wilentz
  • [Book] Facing Up to the American Dream - Hochschild
  • Striking It Richer - Saez
  • The Power of the Rich - Tabb
  • The Great Inequality - Yates
  • Does Inequality Matter? - Jencks
  • [Book] Aspects of Class in the United States - Foster
  • [Book] Some Economics of Class - Perelman
  • [Book] Six Points on Class - Zweig
  • Let's Get This Class War Started - Hedges
  • Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations - Pew Charitable Trust
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Widespread Education - Traditional Perspectives)
  • No Child Left Behind - U.S. Department of Education
  • The Evaluation of Charter School Impacts: The Final Report - U.S. Department of Education
  • The Agony of American Education - Snell
  • They're Not Stupid, They're Lazy - Starr
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Widespread Education - Critical Perspectives)
  • [Book] Civic Illiteracy and Education - Marciano
  • Do Americans Want to Be Lied To? Both Major Parties Seem to Think So - McCarthy
  • Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy - Stitzlein
  • The Curse of Totalitarianism and the Challenge of an Insurrectional Pedagogy - Giroux
  • Youth in Authoritarian Times: Challenging Neoliberalism's Politics of Disposability - Giroux
  • [Book] Myth America: Democracy vs. Capitalism - Boyer
  • Against School: Why Public Education Cripples Our Kids and Why - Gatto
  • Change Can't Come Without Protest - Kozol
  • The Problem With "Failing" Schools - Wilson
  • Tip of the Iceburg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud, and Abuse - Center for Popular Democracy
  • Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in 16 States - CREDO
  • Pearson, ETS, Houghton Mifflin, and McGraw-Hill Lobby Big and Profit Bigger from School Tests - PR Watch
  • Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition - The RAND Corporation
  • Obama and Duncan's Education Policy: Like Bush's Only Worse - Weil
  • The Fight to Save Public Education - Cooke
  • Waiting for Superman: Heroes and Myths - Olorunda
  • Left Behind? American Youth and the Global Fight for Democracy - Giroux
  • The Pedagogy of Oppression - McLaren & Farahmandpur
  • No Child Unrecruited - Goodman
  • White House-Backed Charter Schools Lag Behind Public Schools - Democracy Now!
  • Readings, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for Political Science 220 Students!

    A Message From the Future II: "Years of Repair"

    UNCOUNTED: The True Story of the California Primary - Wake Up California!

    Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - Gilens and Page

    The Crisis of Democracy - The Trilateral Commission (1973)

    The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) - Reclaim Democracy!

    A Century of War - RT Documentary

    The Collapse of the American Empire? - The Agenda with Steve Paikin

    Corruption is Legal in America - Represent.Us

    Unbreaking America: A NEW Short Film about Solving the Corruption Crisis - Represent.Us

    The Lie We Live [Smart Kid - A Nice Wake-Up Call] - Spencer Cathcart

    Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff

    War Is A Racket - Major General Smedley Butler

    Four Horsemen - Documentary (Great Stuff! Check This Out!)

    Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism

    Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism - The Real News Network

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    The Propaganda Multiplier:How Global News Agencies and Western Media Report on Geopolitics - Swiss Propaganda Research

    Capitalism Never Solves Its Crises; It Moves Them Around Geographically - RSAnimate

    Two American Families - Frontline Documentary

    Global Wealth Inequality: What You Never Knew You Never Knew - therules.org

    Wealth Inequality in America - therules.org

    Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us - Institute for Policy Studies

    Park Ave: Wealth, Poverty, and the American Dream - Documentary

    Shadows of Liberty - Documentary (Mass Media)

    Plutocracy in America - Brenner

    The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats - Stauber

    Consent Without Consent: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Democracy - Chomsky

    Obamacare: A Deception - Roberts

    The Purchase of Our Republic - Falkson

    The Crisis of Civilization - Documentary

    Let Your Life Be A Friction That Stops The Machine - Class War Films

    Political Fraud - Class War Films

    Financial Crime - Class War Films

    Military Cancer - Class War Films

    Imperial Decay - Class War Films

    Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis - Documentary

    What Democracy? The Case for Abolishing the United States Senate - Rosenfeld

    Making Every Vote Count: The Case for Proportional Representation - Amy

    Ignoble Liars: Leo Strauss, George Bush, and the Philosophy of Mass Deception - Shorris

    Barack Hoover Obama: The Best and the Brightest Blow It Again - Baker

    The Great American Bubble Machine - Taibbi

    Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? - Taibbi

    Empire Under Obama: Counterinsurgency, Death Squads, and the Population as the Target - Marshall

    Smash the Control Machine - Otep Rocks!

    Rise Rebel Resist - Otep Rocks!

    The World is Coming to an End - Prince Ea

    The Final Word from My Two Favorite Comedians of All Time on "The Big Question"