All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Using Classic and Contemporary Literature to Explore Themes in Law and Politics
Unformatted Document Text:  directly or indirectly speak to the fields of law and politics. Most of the readings are drawn from famous authors, including: Margaret Atwood, William Faulkner, William Golding, Franz Kafka, Jack London, George Orwell, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy and many more. Other readings are drawn from lesser known authors that represent a certain literary style or historical period. Using Literature to Study Politics Although it is not unusual to find a course on politics and literature in an undergraduate political science curriculum today, especially at smaller liberal arts colleges, that was not always the case. As a discipline, political science spent the early decades trying to establish its legitimacy as a social science and this required the development of rigorous empirical methods. By the 1960s and 70s, quantitative methods or positivism defined the study of politics and rational choice models dominated explanations for human behavior. Some political scientists became interested in using literature and films in classrooms as a response to the quantitative emphasis of most research so the discipline of political science diversified. Literature is not meant to replace empiricism but it can complement the study of political behavior. As Catherine Zuckert noted over a decade ago, some political scientists looked to literature and film because certain aspects of human behavior are difficult if not impossible to study objectively and explain with assumptions of rational self-interest: the emotions, prejudices, and values that shape our circumstances, especially our political circumstances. 4 Although the study of politics, film, and literature experienced some growing pains over the last three decades it is an accepted subfield 4 Zuckert, Catherine. “Why Political Scientists Want to Study Literature.” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 28, No. 2 (June 1995), pp. 189-190. Page | 5

Authors: Fliter, John.
first   previous   Page 5 of 33   next   last



background image
directly or indirectly speak to the fields of law and politics. Most of the readings are drawn from
famous authors, including: Margaret Atwood, William Faulkner, William Golding, Franz Kafka,
Jack London, George Orwell, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy and many more. Other
readings are drawn from lesser known authors that represent a certain literary style or historical
period.
Using Literature to Study Politics
Although it is not unusual to find a course on politics and literature in an undergraduate
political science curriculum today, especially at smaller liberal arts colleges, that was not always
the case. As a discipline, political science spent the early decades trying to establish its
legitimacy as a social science and this required the development of rigorous empirical methods.
By the 1960s and 70s, quantitative methods or positivism defined the study of politics and
rational choice models dominated explanations for human behavior. Some political scientists
became interested in using literature and films in classrooms as a response to the quantitative
emphasis of most research so the discipline of political science diversified. Literature is not
meant to replace empiricism but it can complement the study of political behavior. As Catherine
Zuckert noted over a decade ago, some political scientists looked to literature and film because
certain aspects of human behavior are difficult if not impossible to study objectively and explain
with assumptions of rational self-interest: the emotions, prejudices, and values that shape our
circumstances, especially our political circumstances.
Although the study of politics, film, and
literature experienced some growing pains over the last three decades it is an accepted subfield
4
Zuckert, Catherine. “Why Political Scientists Want to Study Literature.” PS: Political Science and
Politics
, Vol. 28, No. 2 (June 1995), pp. 189-190.
Page | 5


Convention
All Academic Convention can solve the abstract management needs for any association's annual meeting.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 5 of 33   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.