POE-205   Social Order & Disorder 3 credits

An introductory exploration of the problem of social order through the eyes of select modern thinkers. Emphasis is placed on the problems of international order and development. Perspectives from bio-politics, biogeography, political culture, rational choice, and various theories of international political economy are considered. Readings include works by Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Sigmund Freud, Frans de Waal, Clifford Geertz, Kenneth Waltz, Francis Fukuyama, Jared Diamond, and others.