Minor in American Studies - The Politics of Fear POLI 3440   The Politics of Fear
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will consider the instrumentality of fear and terror in public policy, and its role in fostering public opinion and managing social groups and populations. Drawing on interdisciplinary and theoretical analyses of sex and race discrimination, it will consider various ways in which sexual and racial politics are implicated in the production and proliferation of "terror" in contemporary western societies, in practices perpetrated or sanctioned by both state and non-state actors. It will look at the recent discourses of terrorism and its representation in the media: philosophical considerations of anti-immigrant fear-mongering: and political analyses of the economy of "security" industries. It will also address the role of both state and corporate interest in disaster relief, epidemics, and other social crises.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

PREREQUISITES: Previous coursweork in Political Science recommended