Political Protest and Revolution

Course Details

Course Number
Spring 2011
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

9:30 TR

Dr. Steve R Garrison (view Profile)


Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements,
Caught in the Cross re: Revolutions Repression and

Course Objectives

This course provides an introduction to the study
of political protest and examines the interaction of political dissidents and the regime. The
course is designed to meet two goals: (1) provide students with a factual background in the
history of political protest by examining 13 historical and modern rebellions and revolutions
and (2) introduce students to key theories of political protest that cover such topics as the
collective action problem, repression of the rebels by the state and its effect on rebelion,
terrorism as adaptive protest, post-revolutionary regime transition and civil war


 Display a broad understanding of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International
Relations, and Political Theory.

 Demonstrate an ability to apply the major theories and concepts of political science
towards contemporary political phenomena.

 Display critical thinking skills concerning theoretical explanations of local, state, national,
and global political processes.

Evaluate the appropriateness of rival political explanations to contemporary political
issues. presentations.

 Demonstrate effective writing skills

Course Expectations

There will be three examinations. There will be two in-class examinations and
one final examination. The format of each is short answer questions and identification of
key terms. The highest grading scale will be 90 (A), 80 (B), 70 (C), and 60 (D). The third
exam will occur during the final examination period, but will be in the same format as the
first and second exam. the percentage breakdowns is as follows:
Exam 1 25 points
Exam 2 25 points
Final Exam 25 points
Research Paper 25 points

Grading Standards

Final Exam

05/10/2011 8:00

Submission Format Policy

If for any reason you should have to miss a test please inform the
instructor prior to the time of the test. Make up exams will only be given for valid excuses
supported with the proper documentation. Research papers not submitted by the due date
will be considered late and one letter grade will be deducted from the paper grade for each
day the paper is late. The privilege of additional work will not be granted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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