DVC Political Science 240 - Political Theory

Course Syllabus and Outline

Basic Essay Structure

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

Grading Rubric for Research Essays

Essay Grading Codes for APA Research Essays

Setting Up APA Formatting for PC / MAC / Google Docs

Owl Purdue APA Citation Style

Annotated Film Bibliography

Procedure for Challenging Your Final Grade (See Page 40)

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Lecture Outlines:

(January 22) Lecture / Discussion Page - The Problem of Power

Readings
  • The Parable of the Tribes - Schmookler
  • A Short History of Progress - Whiting
  • How To Understand Power - Liu
  • (January 29) Lecture / Discussion Page - The State and Freedom

    Readings
  • 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 5) Lecture / Discussion Page - Equality and Justice

    Readings
  • Why Unions Matter - Bernard
  • What is the American Dream? - Hochschild
  • 'American Dream', Middle Class? What Middle Class? - Smith
  • (February 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - Democracy, Citizenship, and Punishment

    Readings
  • Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship - Bellah
  • Closing the Democracy Gap - Nader
  • How Would You Change the Constitution? - Carroll
  • (February 26) Lecture / Discussion Page - Liberalism

    Readings
  • Liberalism's Failures in a Time of Increasing Violence, Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism - Poulin
  • The Liberal Apologies for Obama's Ugly Reign - Street
  • The Inadequacies of Liberalism - Martin and Pimentel
  • (March 5) Lecture / Discussion Page - Conservativism

    Readings
  • The Essence of Conservatism - Kirk
  • Rationalism in Politics - Oakeshott
  • The Neoconservative Threat to World Order - Roberts
  • Have Conservatives Lost Their Compassion? - Olmstead
  • (March 12) Lecture / Discussion Page - Nationalism

    Readings
  • Still the Exceptional Nation? - Lipset
  • Does American Exceptionalism Foster American Decline? - Jouet
  • American Power in Terminal Decline - Lindorff
  • (March 19) Lecture / Discussion Page - Socialism

    Readings
  • 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 2) Lecture / Discussion Page - Fascism

    Readings
  • Fascism Anyone? - Britt
  • The Rise of Fascism in the United States - Wood
  • Fascism Depends Upon a Belief in Human Inequality - Karlin
  • The Crisis of Humanity and the Specter of 21st Century Fascism - Robinson
  • (April 9) Lecture / Discussion Page - Anarchism!

    Readings
  • Introduction: What is Anarchism? - AFAQ
  • Why Occupy? - Martin and Pimental
  • Rebels Against Tyranny - Vodovnik
  • (April 16) Lecture / Discussion Page - Feminism and Ecologism

    Readings
  • 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’- Chehade
  • Green Capitalism: The God That Failed - Smith
  • (April 23) Lecture / Discussion Page - Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism

    Readings
  • A Left Critique of Multiculturalism - Shivani
  • Political Islam: A Marxist Analysis - Kumar
  • (April 30) Lecture / Discussion Page - Civil Disobedience and Political Violence

    Readings
  • Occupy Will Be Back - Hedges
  • Violence in Political History - Jackson
  • Why Violence Works - Ginsberg
  • Letter From Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • (May 7) Lecture / Discussion Page - Human Rights and Difference

    Readings
  • Humanitarian Imperialism: The New Doctrine of the Imperial Right - Chomsky
  • Why Race and Gender Are Separate Issues - Smith
  • (May 14) Lecture / Discussion Page - Global Justice

    Readings
  • A Declaration of Principles and Action for a New World - Center for Global Justice
  • Global Justice, Sustainability and the Sharing Economy - Makwana
  • The Problem of Global Justice - Nagel
  • Research Projects and Examinations:

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    Homework Questionaire - The Political Compass Website - Due: March 19, 2018

    1st Journal Responses - Due: April 2, 2018

  • For Lectures One through Eight, please respond to one of the questions from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Question" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (The Problem of Power), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (The State and Freedom), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Equality and Justice), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Democracy, Citizenship, and Punishment), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Liberalism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Conservatism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Nationalism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Socialism), Choose One Question
  • Government in the Future - POLSC 240 Spring 2018 Research Project - Due: April 2, 2018

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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
  • 2nd Journal Responses - Due: May 21, 2018

  • For Lectures Nine through Fifteen, please respond to one of the questions from each lecture from the "Study and Discussion Questions" section. Responses should be approximately one page in length (double-spaced)
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Fascism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Anarchism!), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Feminism and Ecologism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Multiculturalism and Fundamentalism), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Civil Disobedience and Political Violence), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Human Rights and Difference), Choose One Question
  • Lecture / Discussion Page (Global Justice), Choose One Question
  • Readings, Documentaries, and Websites of Interest for Political Science 240 Students!

    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

    Corruption is Legal in America - 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

    Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Documentary

    Wondering About the Origins of ISIS? (You'd Better Buckle Your Seatbelts for This One)

    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"