DVC Political Science 240 - Political Theory

Course Syllabus and Outline

Spring Supplement: Online Instructions for Classes

Basic Essay Structure

How to Analyze the Logic of an Article, Essay, or Chapter

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Annotated Film Bibliography

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Part One Lecture Outlines: Classical Ideas (state, freedom, equality, justice, democracy, citizenship, punishment)

(January 25) Lecture / Discussion Page - Introduction to Political Theory: The Problem of Power

Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the January 25, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Introduction to Political Theory: The Problem of Power
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Power and Class in the 21st Century - Urie
  • 5. Video Presentation: Noam Chomsky: Knowledge and Power (Al Jazeera)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Introduction to Political Theory: The Problem of Power [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Parable of the Tribes - Schmookler
  • A Short History of Progress - Whiting
  • How To Understand Power - Liu
  • (February 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - The State and Freedom

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the February 1, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] The State and Freedom
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Why Are Anarchists Against the State - An Anarchist FAQ
  • 5. Video Presentation: Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • The State and Freedom [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • How Obama Expanded the National Security State - Madar
  • Why Are Anarchists Against the State? - AFAQ
  • The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer - Greenwald
  • The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight - Moyers
  • (February 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - Equality and Justice

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the February 8, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Equality and Justice
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: "Equality Is Far From at Hand": A Conversation With the Authors of "Queer (In)Justice" - Macare
  • 5. Video Presentation: True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Equality and Justice [Powerpoint Presentation]
  • Why Unions Matter - Bernard
  • What is the American Dream? - Hochschild
  • 'American Dream', Middle Class? What Middle Class? - Smith
  • (February 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - Democracy, Citizenship, and Punishment

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the February 22, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Democracy, Citizenship, and Punishment
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Citizenship - Spike
  • 5. Video Presentation: Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Democracy, Citizenship, Punishment [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship - Bellah
  • Closing the Democracy Gap - Nader
  • How Would You Change the Constitution? - Carroll
  • Part Two Lecture Outlines: Classical Ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, socialism, fascism, anarchism)

    (March 1) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the March 1, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Liberalism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Liberalism's Beleaguered Victory - Shulsky
  • 5. Video Presentation: Death of the Liberal Class? with Steve Paikin
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Liberalism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Liberalism's Failures in a Time of Increasing Violence, Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism - Poulin
  • The Liberal Apologies for Obama's Ugly Reign - Street
  • Heated Debate On Capitalism with America's Most Prominent Marxist Economist - Richard Wolff - Valuetainment
  • The Inadequacies of Liberalism - Martin and Pimentel
  • (March 8) Lecture / Discussion Page - Conservativism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the March 8, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Conservatism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Realignment is Real - Van Maren
  • 5. Video Presentation: Thomas Sowell: Dismantling America
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Conservatism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • The Essence of Conservatism - Kirk
  • Rationalism in Politics - Oakeshott
  • The Neoconservative Threat to World Order - Roberts
  • Have Conservatives Lost Their Compassion? - Olmstead
  • (March 15) Lecture / Discussion Page - Nationalism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the March 15, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Nationalism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: The Virtues of Nationalism - Salam
  • 5. Video Presentation: Nationalism vs. Globalism: The New Political Divide
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Nationalism [Powerpoint Presentation]
  • Does American Exceptionalism Foster American Decline? - Jouet
  • Still the Exceptional Nation? - Lipset
  • American Power in Terminal Decline - Lindorff
  • (March 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - Socialism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the March 22, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Socialism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: TRUMP'S OUT: Socialist Analysis and Next Steps for Struggle - Socialist Alternative Statement
  • 5. Video Presentation: No Gods, No Masters (Part 1 of 3)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Socialism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Why Socialism? - Einstein
  • Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff
  • Kshama Sawant on Malala Yousefzai - Democracy Now
  • The Not-So-Small Voice of American Socialism - Hirthler
  • (April 5) Lecture / Discussion Page - Fascism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the April 5, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Fascism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Fascism Anyone? - Britt
  • 5. Video Presentation: No Gods, No Masters (Part 2 of 3)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Fascism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • How Capitalism's Structural and Ideological Crisis Gives Rise to Neo-Fascism - The Real News Network
  • The Rise of Fascism in the United States - Wood
  • Fascism: The Decay of Capitalism
  • Fascism Depends Upon a Belief in Human Inequality - Karlin
  • (April 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - Anarchism!

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the April 12, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Anarchism!
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Why Anarchism is Dangerous - Ward and Messersmith-Glavin
  • 5. Video Presentation: No Gods, No Masters (Part 3 of 3)
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Anarchism! [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • School is a Prison - And Damaging Our Kids - Gray
  • Introduction: What is Anarchism? - AFAQ
  • Why Occupy? - Martin and Pimental
  • Rebels Against Tyranny - Vodovnik
  • Part Three Lecture Outlines: Contemporary Ideologies (feminism, ecologism, multiculturalism, fundamentalism)

    (April 19) Lecture / Discussion Page - Feminism and Ecologism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the April 19, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Feminism and Ecologism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: "Market Solutions" Won't Bring Climate Justice. Eco-Feminism Is an Alternative - First-Arai
  • 5. Video Presentation: Surviving Earth: Climate Change Adaptation Population
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Feminism and Ecologism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Smith
  • Anthropocene - Documentary
  • Neo-Patriarchy and the Anti-Homosexual Agenda - Snyder
  • America is Still a Patriarchy - Cohen
  • The Climate Crisis is Capitalism - Urie
  • We Need to Talk about Women: The Problem with Western Liberal 'Feminists'- Charade
  • (April 26) Lecture / Discussion Page - Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the April 26, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Neoliberalism: Free Market Fundamentalism or Corporate Power? - Moser
  • 5. Video Presentation: Jonathan Haidt Explains Our Contentious Culture
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • A Left Critique of Multiculturalism - Shivani
  • Political Islam: A Marxist Analysis - Kumar
  • Part Four Lecture Outlines: Contemporary Ideas (civil disobedience, political violence, human rights, difference, global justice)

    (May 3) Lecture / Discussion Page - Civil Disobedience and Political Violence

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the May 3, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Civil Disobedience and Political Violence
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Who are the Proud Boys, 'Western Chauvinists' Involved in Political Violence?
  • 5. Video Presentation: On Contact: Climate Emergency with Extinction Rebellion
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Civil Disobedience and Political Violence [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • West Virginia Legislation Would Make Civil Disobedience Against Gas Pipelines a Felony - Mokhiber
  • Intelligence Report on "Extremism" Equates Anarchists With Right-Wing Militias - Williams
  • Violence in Political History - Jackson
  • Why Violence Works - Ginsberg
  • Letter From Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • (May 10) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Rights and Difference

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the May 10, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Human Rights and Difference
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Human Rights Watch Is Not about Human Rights - Alpert
  • 5. Video Presentation: Global Gay: The Next Frontier In Human Rights
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Human Rights and Difference [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • Human Zoos in the Age of Trump - Dorfman
  • Humanitarian Imperialism: The New Doctrine of the Imperial Right - Chomsky
  • Why Race and Gender Are Separate Issues - Smith
  • (May 17) Lecture / Discussion Page - Global Justice

    Readings
  • 1. Instructions for the May 17, 2021 Class
  • 2. Text Reading
  • 3. [Lecture Presentation] Global Justice
  • 4. Journal Article Reading: Global Justice, Sustainability and the Sharing Economy - Share the World's Resources
  • 5. Video Presentation: Starved: Our Food Insecurity Crisis
  • 6. Discussion Board Question and Peer Responses for Video Presentation
  • Global Justice [PowerPoint Presentation]
  • How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal - Chitnis
  • A Declaration of Principles and Action for a New World - Center for Global Justice
  • It's Official: The Global Economy is a 'Debtor's Prison' - Dearden
  • The Problem of Global Justice - Nagel
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    Homework Questionaire - The Political Compass Website - Due: February 24, 2021

    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 (The Problem of Power), Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (The State and Freedom), Question 9 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Equality and Justice), Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Democracy, Citizenship, and Punishment), Question 1 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism), Question 5 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Conservatism), Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Nationalism), Question 8 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Socialism), Question 2 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Fascism), Question 6 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Anarchism!), Question 4 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Feminism and Ecologism), Question 8 - Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism), Question 3 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Civil Disobedience and Political Violence), Question 9 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Rights and Difference), Question 1 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Justice), Question 6 - Due: Posted on Canvas
  • Government in the Future - POLSC 240 Spring 2021 Research Project - Due: April 19, 2021

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    Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (State Capitalism)
  • State Capitalism - Wikipedia
  • The Rise of State Capitalism - The Economist
  • The Political Economy of Chinese State Capitalism - Xing and Shaw
  • State Capitalism 2.0 Is Here, and It's Not Going Away Anytime Soon - The Conversation
  • State Capitalism Comes of Age: The End of the Free Market? - Bremmer
  • The Rise of State-Controlled Capitalism - NPR
  • State Capitalism vs. the Free Market: Which Performs Better - Schuman
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (State Socialism)
  • State Socialism - Wikipedia
  • S Is For State Capitalism - Haynes
  • The Little Red Book - Mao Tse tung
  • Fidel Castro History Archive - Marxists.org
  • Lenin Selected Works - Lenin Works Index
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Libertarian Socialism)
  • Libertarian Socialism - Wikipedia
  • Libertarian Socialism: The Politics of Black and Red - Prichard
  • Why Do Anarchists Oppose State Socialism? - Anarchist FAQ
  • If You Don't Like Capitalism or State Socialism, What Do You Want? - Alperovitz
  • The Theory of State Capitalism - Hadden
  • Books / Articles / Reports / Documents / Websites (Libertarian "Anarcho" Capitalism)
  • Anarcho-Capitalism - Wikipedia
  • State Capitalism Versus Free Markets - Bandow
  • The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You - Palmer
  • Capitalism: The Libertarian Vision - Brandon
  • Libertarianism vs. Radical Capitalism - Biddle
  • Readings, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for Political Science 240 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"