Domestic Politics

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Political Science

Course Number: 
400
Institution: 
Amherst College

[SC - starting with the Class of 2015] This course will explore the domestic sphere as a site of politics. We will define the domestic sphere broadly, including politics in the home, private life, and state and local governments. The principle questions to be addressed will include: How does the conception of public and private shift over time and what are the forces driving these changes? How is the private sphere seen as a site of safety versus danger? What are the consequences of the intervention of state power and policing into the private sphere? A wide range of issues will be covered including the role of bureaucracies, the social organization of families, regulation of health and safety, domestic violence, urban revitalization, the deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities, homelessness, economic and racial inequality, policing, and incarceration. The course will examine these issues primarily in the context of American politics and society. There is a required 20-page research paper. This course satisfies the seminar requirement for the Department of Political Science.

Requisite: An Introductory course in political science or its equivalent. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
POSC-400-01-1213S

Course Sections

Domestic Politics
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Kristin Bumiller

kbumiller@amherst.edu

M 02:30PM-04:30PM

CHAP 210