POL S 447 A: Advanced Seminar In Comparative Politics

Emotions and Politics

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
SMI 307
Ellis Goldberg

Syllabus Description:

Emotions and Politics

In this course we will consider the role of emotions in politics.  We will begin with the classical
understanding of the emotions or passions as standing in opposition to reason and then consider the Humean approach that reason is the “slave” of passion and its role in modern theories of social science that rely on concepts of rationality or interest in individual decision making.  We will spend the bulk of our time, however, on the role of emotions as modes of human evaluation and interaction as well as motivation.  This course should be of significant interest to students concerned with the role community, solidarity, and the moral emotions in politics. Readings will include Edmund Burke’s “Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful”, Martha Nussbaum’s “Upheavals of Thought” and Sara Ahmed.  Requirements include one 15-page (minimum) research paper.

Additional Details:

W Course.

Catalog Description: 
Selected comparative political problems, political institutions, processes, and issues in comparative perspective. Strongly
Department Requirements: 
Comparative Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
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November 14, 2017 - 9:26pm