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)


Course Objectives

This course provides an introduction to the study of
political protest. The course examines the interaction of political dissidents and the regime.
The course is designed to meet two objectives: (1) provide students with a factual background
in the history of political protest by examining 14 historical and modern rebellions and
revolutions; (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
rebellion, terrorism as adaptive protest, post-revolutionary regime transition and civil war.
Given that this is a graduate course, students will be expected to critically examine the major
theoretical debates in the subfield and examine their relevance to existing research agendas.
To accomplish this goal we will read a series of examples of published research in the field and
discuss their importance. Graduate students will then be expected to apply these theories
in their own research by conducting an original research project that contributes to existing
research in the field.

 Demonstrate a comprehension of the basic theoretical foundations and current state
of research in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and
Political Theory.
 Analyze political issues in a professional manner consistent with disciplinary norms.
 Display critical thinking skills concerning theoretical explanations of local, state, national,
and global political processes.
 Demonstrate critical thinking skills towards political research concerning the strengths
and weaknesses of various methods of inquiry.
 Evaluate the appropriateness of rival political explanations to current political issues.
 Construct an appropriate research question and design.
 Develop a theoretical explanation and resulting hypotheses.
 Collect, analyze, and interpret data using relevant statistical methods.
 Present research findings in a professional manner consistent with disciplinary norms.
 Demonstrate effective writing skills.

Course Expectations

There will be two in class examinations. 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). In addition to the exams students will be expected to complete a research
paper and two reaction papers during the semester. Reaction papers will discuss two of the required readings listed int he syllabus in 3-5 pages. The percentage breakdowns is as follows:
Exam 1 25 points
Exam 2 25 points
Reaction papers 10 points
Research Paper 40 points

Grading Standards

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.

Final Exam

05/10/2011 8:00

Submission Format Policy

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.

Late Paper Policy

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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