This program will examine various definitions and interpretations of the Stateís role, from the implications about its nature in Niccolo Machiavelliís The Prince (1513) to the present case involving the neoliberal State model. Studies about the nature of power, and subsquently of the political systems it necessitates, also will be analyzed. From another vantage, this program will examine the formation, evolution and characteristics of the State, in the context of a brief historical analysis of politics. This program will conclude with a discussion of political systems, and explanation of their political roles in society.
Credits to be granted in Political Sociology,
Political Economy, History, Public Adminstration, Policy, and Management
(depending on student's final project).