Political Science | Political Vioence, Revolution and Terrorism
Y396 | 9842 | Rasler

This course analyzes the major theories of the origins and
characteristics of collective violence within polities  protest
actions, riots, rebellions, civil war, ethnic strife and
revolutions.  These theories include micro models of collective
action, state and societal sources of internal conflict and macro-
structural models of revolution.
	The objectives of the course are threefold: 1) to introduce
students to the general literature on the topic; 2) to familiarize
them with specific cases of violence and revolution, their
similarities, their differences; and 3) to engage students in a
series of analytical writing exercises. The reading list is a
combination of theoretical material and historical cases.  We will
study a range of major cases such as the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
(1950-1970), the Iranian, and Nicaraguan Revolutions, and the East
European revolts (1990-1991). We will also read about the emergence
of Islamic social movements and their impacts.  These and other cases
will be examined for their historical and theoretical contributions
to our understanding of violent political contention.