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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Miranda Robinson

University of Toronto Department of Political Science Updated January 7, 2013 POL101: Democracy, Dictatorship, War, and Peace Professor Jeffrey Kopstein Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 218 [email protected] 416.978-8131 Office hours: Tuesday, 9-11 Professor Joseph Wong Munk Centre, 225 North [email protected] 416.946.8913 Office hours: Monday, 9-11 This course introduces the main currents of political science. It does so by engaging four key themes: democracy, dictatorship, war, and peace. The first part of the course defines democracy and dictatorship. Under what conditions do these different kinds of governments appear? And what implications do different regime types bear on politics? The second part of the course turns to questions of war and peace. Why do some countries and communities live in peace, whereas others turn to war? In part three, we will explore the causes and consequences of international inequality. Why do some countries prosper and others stagnate? What are the political consequences of these disparities both across and within societies? The reading load for this course is not heavy but some of it will be written in a style that is not familiar. The readings are not a substitute for attending lectures and tutorials. Some lectures will cover the reading material, but most will use it as a point of departure for a deeper consideration of the topic in question. It is best if you do the readings in advance of the lecture topic and tutorial discussion. Tutorial attendance is mandatory and a portion of your final grade will reflect your participation in tutorials, as well as in a few other events organized by the Department of Political Science. Requirements 5 page paper November 19, 2012 20% Mid-term Exam TBA 15% 5 page paper March 18, 2013 20% Final Exam TBA 35% Tutorials 10% Note: Papers are to be five pages, double-spaced, 12 font, Times. The essay questions are listed in the syllabus according to their due dates. 1 All assignments must be handed in on time. The penalty for late assignments is 2 percent per weekday late. Extensions will only be granted for valid and documented medical and/or family reasons. Students are strongly advised to keep rough work, drafts and hard copies of essays and assignments before handing them in. These should be kept until the marked assignments have been returned. Tutorials Attendance for all tutorials is mandatory. There are scheduled regular tutorials as well as writing tutorials. All tutorials will be run by Teaching Assistants (TAs). During regular tutorials, students will discuss the lectures and reading materials. Special writing tutorials will be offered in this course, also mandatory, allowing students an opportunity to discuss various aspects of writing, such as argumentation, scope, originality and style. Tutorials are to occur during the following weeks (dates marked with (W) denote a writing tutorial): Week of September 24 – tutorial #1 October 1 – writing tutorial – Argument (W) October 22 – tutorial #2 (proposal for paper #1 due) October 29 – writing tutorial – Thesis and Scope (W) November 5 - tutorial #3 November 19 – tutorial #4 November 26 – tutorial #5 January 21 – tutorial #6 January 28 – writing tutorial – Style (W) February 11 – tutorial #7 February 25 – tutorial #8 March 4 – writing tutorial – peer review (proposal for paper #2 due) (W) March 11 – tutorial #9 April 1 – tutorial #10 Tutorial signup will be done through Blackboard during the first two weeks of classes. Course Materials All readings will be available on-line via blackboard. Students will be able to access the readings from links in the on-line syllabus and pdf copies of chapters and articles. All students must register for the POL 101 blackboard. Students will also need to purchase a “clicker” from the U of T Bookstore. 2 Cheating Cheating and plagiarism are serious academic offences and will be dealt with accordingly. For further clarification and information, please see the University of Toronto’s policy on plagiarism at Normally students will be required to submit their course essays to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the service are described on the website. Accessibility Needs The University of Toronto is committed to accessibility. If you require accommodation for a disability, or have any accessibility concerns about the course, the classroom or course materials, please contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible ([email protected] or 3 SEMESTER 1 September 10 Introduction: What is Political Science? No readings assigned  PART I: DEMOCRACY AND DICTATORSHIP September 17 Modern democracy Andre Blais, “Criteria for Assessing Electoral Systems,” Electoral Insight, June 1999 Juan Linz “The Perils of Presidentialism,” Journal of Democracy, Winter 1990, pp. 1-11. Donald Horowitz, “Comparing Democratic Systems,” Journal of Democracy, Fall 1990, pp.73-79 Seymour Martin Lipset, “The Centrality of Political Culture,” Journal of Democracy, Fall 1990, pp.80-83. Juan Linz, “The Virtues of Parliamentarism,” The Journal of Democracy, Fall 1990, pp.84-91. September 24 – TUTORIAL #1 The liberal project Benjamin Constant, “The Liberty of Ancients Compared with that of Moderns” October 1 – WRITING TUTORIAL The radical response Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto” October 8- Thanksgiving No class October 15 The fascist and communist challenges Henry Ashby Turner, “Fascism and Modernization,” World Politics, Vol.24, no.4, 1972, pp.547-564.
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