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This course examines the various components of the European social model from the end of World War II to the present. Through the lens of history, sociology and public policy, the course addresses such issues as universal health care, labor market regulations, retirement pensions, and education. More broadly, “The European Welfare State” examines how and why European states allocate resources and redistribute wealth. Throughout the course, we will explore similarities and differences among many European states, from Italy to Sweden and from the United Kingdom to the Soviet Union. Part 1 of the course focuses on the consolidation of the European welfare state from 1945 to 1968. Part 2 examines neoliberal critiques of the European social model and related attempts to overhaul the welfare state during the 1980s and 1990s. Part 3 addresses recent mitigating factors such as immigration, the growth of inequality, and attempts to reform aspects of the welfare state in light of demographic changes. In the fourth part of the course, students will work independently on their own research projects.
This course will focus on the security and politics of the Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar) after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, particularly in the context of regional dynamics and what has been popularly described as the new cold war. Key issues such as sectarianism, elections, regional foreign policies and the impact of the 2011 Arab uprisings on the politics and foreign policies of the GCC states are examined through course readings, news articles, and guest speakers. Finally, students will engage in a semester-long research project on a question and case study of their choosing.
What is imperialism? How has empire building occurred over the last two hundred years? How have the organizing sociopolitical and cultural logics of empire created diverse experiences for colonial and postcolonial subjects? This interdisciplinary seminar investigates the colonial and postcolonial eras in order to understand subjugation and resistance, which manifests across class, racial, gender, national, and religious boundaries. As a study of imperialism, this course examines revolutionary action through attention to political theories of revolution, as well as ethnographies, histories, and case studies. The course begins with a look at political liberalism and social contract theory before engaging the rise of capitalism and class-based forms of revolution. In the second section, we attend to colonialism and postcolonial responses such as race-based theories of revolution, the decolonization movement, and the emergence of black nationalism. In the third portion of the course, we scrutinize nationalism, authoritarianism, and theories of fascist revolution, returning to the Hobbesian legacy of the sovereign exception. In the fourth section, we look at the geopolitics of Orientalism, the Pax Americana, and empire building in the Middle East. In the concluding section, we examine contemporary theories of global empire and how present-day revolutionary groups have challenged the decentralized networks of power that enable neoliberal capitalism.