17.581 | Spring 2013 | Undergraduate

Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions


1 Introductory class
Part I: Theory and Method
2 Explaining social action
3 Rationality
4 Psychological approaches, relative deprivation
5 Norms
6 Emotions
7 Structural explanations
8 In-class quiz
Part II: Contentious Politics
9–11 Dynamics of Contention
Part III: Riots
12 U.S. Riots I
13 U.S. Riots II: Relative deprivation and the 1960’s urban riots
14 U.S. Riots III: The Rodney King riots in LA
15 Threshold-based models
16 Student presentations of agent-based modeling exercises
Part IV: Rebellion
17 Background to Eastern European cases
18 Cascade models applied to Eastern Europe
19 Violent rebellion in Kosovo
Part V: Revolutions
20 Revolutions I
21 Revolutions II
22 Revolutions III
Part VI: Arab Spring
23 Readings from the October 2011 edition of the Journal of Democracy
24–25 Student presentations of comparative analyses of some aspect of the Arab Spring
26 Final exam

Course Info

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Spring 2013
Learning Resource Types
Problem Sets