Political Science | Theories of Political Contention (3 cr)
Y669 | 3590 | Rasler

This course analyzes the major theories of the origins and characteristics
of collective dissent within polities - riots, protest cycles, civil wars,
ethnic strife and revolutions.  We will also be interested in politically
contentious events (e.g., strikes, demonstrations, social movement
mobilizations) that have the potential for but do not always produce
violence.  We will explore the explanations that examine the effects of the
international system on internal strife and in turn how domestic political
conflict influences the international system.  The lionshare of the work in
this area has been done by sociologists with contributions from a growing
number of political scientists.  Consequently, a good portion of the
theoretical literature will be drawn from sociological theory.  These
theories will include micro models of collective action, state and societal
models of internal conflict and macro-structural models of revolution.