Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Political Science


Political Science 337. Power and the State

This course deliberates on the natures of Power and the State and consults with a select number of modern political thinkers accordingly. We begin with thinking about the philosophical and sociological meanings of power that include concepts such as authority, control, interest and influence. The contrast between power and violence, the democratic ideal of rationalizing the use of power through public communicative actions, a class-based definition of power, power as social privilege and finally, a feminist understanding of power signify our other steps in this study.

Subsequently, we will look into the makeup of the State as an embodiment of political power: inquiry into the absolutist, pluralist and constitutional forms of this embodiment follows our debate on the State's power. We will also listen to the anarchists' arguments against the State and learn about the interaction between the intelligentsia and the State. Lastly, the course ends with a narrative of the State's collapse through revolution.