POL S 398 A: Honors Seminar

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
GLD 117
SLN: 
18651
Instructor:
Mark Smith
Mark Alan Smith

Syllabus Description:

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March 28.  The meanings of class in America. 

Read Steven Barkan, “Social Class in the United States”; Siderea, “Class (American)”

 

March 30.  The white working class and the presidential election of 2016, part 1. 

Read Will Wilkinson, “How Godless Capitalism Made America Multicultural”; Amanda Taub, “Behind 2016’s Turmoil, A Crisis of White Identity”; Peter Beinart, “Breaking Faith”; Richard Shearer, “The Small Town-Big City Split that Elected Donald Trump”; Nate Silver, “Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote for Donald Trump”

 

April 4.  The white working class and the presidential election of 2016, part 2. 

David Leonhardt, “The American Dream, Quantified at Last”; read the lyrics, then watch the video on YouTube for Billy Joel’s 1982 song “Allentown,” then read some of the comments (you might have to leave Canvas and go directly to YouTube to do that); Alana Semuels, "America's Great Divergence"; Thomas Edsall, "The Increasing Significance of the Decline of Men"; Sean Illing, “Why the White Working Class Feels Like They’ve Lost It All, According to a Political Scientist”; Andrew Sullivan, "The Opioid Epidemic Is This Generation's AIDS Crisis"; Kevin Williamson, “Chaos in the Family, Chaos in the State:  The White Working Class’s Dysfunction”

 

April 6.  The working class in black and white. 

Watch Two American Families; Watch Saturday Night Live, “Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks”

 

April 11.  Social class and social mobility, part 1. 

Read J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, entire.

 

April 13.  Social class and social mobility, part 2. 

 

April 18.  The changing dynamics of class in America, part 1. 

Read Charles Murray, Coming Apart:  The State of White America, 1960-2010, pp. 100-115 and 124-306.

 

April 20.  The changing dynamics of class in America, part 2.

 

April 25.  Inequality, economic opportunity, and social mobility in America, part 1. 

Read Robert Putnam, Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis, chapters 1-5. 

 

April 27.  Inequality, economic opportunity, and social mobility in America, part 2. 

 

May 2.  How white conservatives think about economics, politics, and values, part I.  Read Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land:  Anger and Mourning on the American Right, entire.

 

May 4.  How white conservatives think about economics, politics, and values, part 2. 

 

May 9.  How rural whites connect their interests and values to government, part 1.

Read Katherine Cramer, The Politics of Resentment:  Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, chapters 1-6 and 8

 

May 11.  How rural whites connect their interests and values to government, part 1. 

 

May 16.  The history and resurgence of populism, part 1. 

Read John Judis, The Populist Explosion:  How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics, entire.

 

May 18.  The history and resurgence of populism, part 2. 

 

May 23.  The white working class and the presidential election of 2016, part 3. 

Read George Packer, “Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt”; Bryan Schaffner, “White Support for Donald Trump Was Driven by Economic Anxiety, but also by Racism and Sexism”; German Lopez, “Most Ohio and Pennsylvania Counties that Flipped from Obama to Trump are Wracked by Heroin”; Zack Beauchamp, “What the Conventional Wisdom about Trump and Working Class Whites Gets Wrong”

 

May 25.  The white working class and the presidential election of 2016, part 4. 

Read Michael Kazin, “Trump and American Populism”; Will Wilkinson, “A Tale of Two Moralities, Part One:  Regional Inequality and Moral Polarization”; Joan Williams, “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class”; David Wong, “How Half of America Lost its F***king Mind” 

 

May 30.  The white working class and populism in Europe, part 1. 

Read Fareed Zakaria, “Populism on the March”; Franklin Foer, “It’s Putin’s World”; Matthew Goodwin and Oliver Heath, “Brexit Vote Explained:  Poverty, Low Skills, and Lack of Opportunity”; Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart, “Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Populism”

 

June 1.  The white working class and populism in Europe, part 2. 

Read Cas Mudde, “Europe’s Populist Surge”; The Economist, “The Vote that Could Wreck the European Union”; Foreign Affairs, “France’s Next Revolution:  A Conversation with Marine le Pen”; Pankaj Mishra, “The Globalization of Rage”; Sheri Berman, “Populism is not Fascism”

 

Catalog Description: 
Intensive and advanced studies in various aspects of political science. Open only to participants in the departmental Honors program. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Honors Course
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:36pm