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            • Courses in the Department of Politics combine a theoretical framework of political ideas with real-world implications. These interdisciplinary courses help students attain a better and more complete understanding of how politics operates and why policies work. In these courses, students discuss the personal, national, and global implications of these questions.

              Please consult the New School Course Catalog for a full list of courses. Fall 2020 courses include:

              • Since 9/11: America's Wars in the New Century, GPOL 5045
                Jeremy Varon, Professor of History

                This course is open to both NSSR students (MA and PhD) and advanced undergraduates. It is designed to be a terrific learning experience for everyone, with different kinds and quantities of work for different kinds of students. All students participate in our class site visit and the written response to it and draft periodic reading responses to exploration of particular concepts. In addition, all students are expected to do private screenings (via Youtube or streaming services) of assigned films. some weeks, the NSSR students will have supplemental readings, chiefly texts with complex theoretical content. The undergraduates will write six- to eight-page midterm and final essays in response to specific questions. The graduate students may write the midterm and final essays (though in the 10-12-page range) or write a 20-25-page research paper on a topic of their choosing, based on close consultation with the instructor.

              • First Year Politics Seminar, GPOL 5100
                Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor of Politics

                The First Year Politics Seminar introduces incoming students to the Politics department at The New School and to political science as a discipline. Throughout the term, Politics faculty who are in residence at The New School in the fall term, as well as closely affiliated faculty, present their research to the seminar. Assigned readings are provided before the faculty presentations. Every three to four weeks, we hold a reflective session without an external speaker, in which the seminar can discuss the content and method of individual sessions and make comparisons across presentations. The aim of the seminar is to provide incoming students with an overview of faculty research areas and to identify emerging areas of research. Students will be asked to write two short papers (10 to 12 pages each) during the term. One paper asks for a comparative analysis of two texts; the second paper is framed around a political question.

              • Freedom by Design: An Introduction to Modernity, GPOL 5206
                James E. Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics 

                This seminar is organized as a survey of texts and artifacts epitomizing core beliefs and practices typical of the modern world, even among contemporary critics of liberalism and capitalism. It brings students with a primary interest in writing, publishing, and design together to explore a variety of themes and texts that reflect some of the critical concerns of our age. A recurrent concern is the paradox of trying to discern patterns in social interaction and history and then, in accordance with these forms, to design a freer and more just society. Among the issues discussed are freedom and the ironies of institutional efforts to promote and protect freedom; emancipatory visions and the paradoxes of progress; the end of chattel slavery and European colonialism and the rise of subtle new forms of liberal subjugation; materialist views of human nature and the limits of rational freedom vis-à-vis animal instinct; the idea of the avant-garde and the picture of modern culture as a veiled civil war; and the continuing challenges posed by power politics, total war, and totalitarianism. Among the authors read are Rousseau, Smith, Kant, Goethe, Olaudah Equiano, Madison, Robespierre, Condorcet, Hegel, Marx, Emerson, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Joseph Conrad, Freud, Darwin, Ernst Junger, Georg Lukacs, Marinetti, Tristan Tzara, André Breton, Kafka, Jean Amery, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and Michel Foucault. The class also discusses various pieces of music and works of art, including several films. This course is open to BA/MA students; please email the instructor for permission to register.

              • Latin American Debates and Critical Perspectives, GPOL 6012
                Carlos Forment, Associate Professor of Politics

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              • Life Chances of Polities, GPOL 6250
                Quentin Bruneau, Assistant Professor of Politics

                In his writings, Max Weber explored the determinants of individuals’ "life chances” in different societies. This course examines the determinants of polities’ life chances within international society, covering the period from the Renaissance to the end of the 20th century. To do this, it engages with scholarship in historical sociology, international relations, international law, and international history. The course first deals with the early modern period, as it constitutes the basis for so much theorizing in the social sciences and is generally taken to be the axiomatic example of a world in which military force reigned supreme. The second part of the course looks at the period from the French Revolution to the late 20th century, placing emphasis on the underpinnings of the extinction of non-European states. Readings include work by Charles Alexandrowicz, Anthony Anghie, Lauren Benton, Tanisha Fazal, Mamadou Hébié, Edward Keene, Martti Koskenniemi, Jason Sharman, and Charles Tilly.

              • Populism and Nationalism, GPOL 6251
                David Plotke, Professor of Politics 

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              • Time and World Politics, GPOL 6384
                Anne McNevin, Associate Professor of Politics 

                What is the relationship between the conceptualization of time, the experience of time, and the course of world politics? How and why is time a site of political struggle and epistemological contestation? This course investigates the temporal assumptions behind prevailing approaches to world politics, the deployment of time for purposes of political legitimation, and the political imaginaries enlivened by alternative temporal frames. The readings are interdisciplinary, engaging with clock time, quantum time, geological time, industrial time, developmental time, and indigenous conceptions of time. The readings also explore different ways of experiencing time as pace, rhythm, waiting, pause, process, and event. We examine the significance of time for big questions in world politics, such as the Anthropocene, border control, decolonization, and work. Students are encouraged to inquire into their particular areas of interest in relation to time and temporality.

              • Field Seminar in Comparative Politics: Politics and the Political, GPOL 7001
                Mark Frazier, Professor of Politics

                This course explores both new and enduring questions in comparative social research. It is designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively about the study of politics and the political in comparative perspective and to provide the intellectual foundations for the development of their own research agendas. We read works of social research that examine the spatial and temporal contexts in which relations of power and exchange are embedded. Such contexts may be local or global, and comparisons may be explicit or implicit. A central objective is to generate new questions for comparative inquiry — questions that emerge through our engagement with fieldwork-based research and open new avenues for theorization. The seminar is open to graduate students from any department at NSSR; some seminar participants may wish to use the course in preparation for the qualifying exam in comparative politics, but it is not designed exclusively for this purpose.

              • Field Seminar in Political Theory: Radical Theories of Democracy, GPOL 7003
                Andreas Kalyvas, Associate Professor of Politics

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              • PhD Seminar, GPOL 7300
                Anne McNevin, Associate Professor of Politics 

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