|Lec #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|1||Introduction, Opening Discussion
- How is power defined? Is it possible to use a single definition of power to describe a variety of social situations?
- How do people get and use power?
- How much power is lodged within personality and how much is part of the structure of the situation?
- How does the use of power sometimes mystify the targets so that they do not recognize that power is being exerted?
- Can power be equalized, or must some people always have more?
- What is resistance? How might we identify resistance in situations of institutionalized power?
|I. Defining the Concept of Power: A Preliminary Analysis|
|2-3||What is Power? Action and Intention|
|4-6||What Power is Not: Influence and Conformity|
|7-10||Force: The Limiting Case|
|11-12||Leadership and Charisma: Personal and Inspirational Power||First paper due on Lec #11|
|13-14||Authority (1): The Ability to Command|
|II. The Sources, Structure and Institutionalization of Power|
|15-16||Some Classical Views|
|17-18||Modern Debates||Midterm exam|
|19-20||Authority (2): Power Redefined, Institutionalized, and Disciplined|
|III. Institutionalized Power: Examples and Transformations|
|21-22||Bureaucratic Organizations and Entrepreneurial Corporations|
|23-24||Modernity, Post-modern Colonialism, and The Global Community|
|25-26||The Possibilities of Resistance|
Can Power be Distributed Equally?
|Final paper due|