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SSP100.002
Democracy Inaction

MWF 1.25-2.20
(Lib 213) W 4.10-5.05 (Ladd 106)
Prof. Michael Arnush Starbuck 201D x8113
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MW 11-12
W 2.30-3.30
Overview
Texts
Requirements
Schedule
4th credit hour
Classics Department
Skidmore College
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DATE TOPIC READINGS
3 Age of Pericles: Radical Democracy and the Parthenon World of Athens 22-26 (review)
Greek Art 27-35, 54-59, 78-88, 108-116
Essay 1 final draft due
5 Peloponnesian War: War and Justice World of Athens 26-34, 216-225, 317-329
Apollodorus Against Neaera
Essay 2 draft assigned (see Requirements page for details)
7 Democratic ideal: Pericles' policies; democracy unravelled Thuc. 2.34-47; 3.82-83
10 Melian Dialogue: democracy becomes tyranny World of Athens 34-47
Athenian Constitution 72-77
Melian Dialogue
12 Collapse and rebirth of democracy World of Athens 294-296
Athenian Constitution 78-85
Essay 2 draft due
14 Athenian democracy: an overview Courtroom speech: Against Eratosthenes
17 Local electoral elections American State and Local Politics, ch. 10; Bowling Alone, ch. 21, "Democracy"
19 Mayoral Politics

Guest: Prof. Bob Turner, Government Dept., on local politics
Institutional Powers and Mayoral Leadership
Nobody in Charge

21 Study Break Essay 2 final draft due 12pm
24   Midterm exam
26 City Councils McManus, The Reseurgent City Councils, 166-185
Wiltrout, Playing the Political Game
Mahtesian, The Politics of Ugliness
28 Participatory Citizens R. Putnam, Bowling Alone, selected readings
Overview of final project
31 No class