POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 001 The Evolution of Civilizations
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This undergraduate course analyzes the factors shaping the evolution of civilizations, in order to understand how the society we live in is likely to change in the next three decades, and to understand the choices that will face us. We will examine the impact of a wide range of factors, from genetic evolution and cultural evolution to technological change, economic development, epidemics, and variations in agriculture and climate.

This course is in the Comparative Politics subfield.

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Class Format:

Recitation meets twice a week for an hour and a half each time

POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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27857
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3
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (REC)
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24563
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10
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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25160
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2
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
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26497
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31
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (REC)
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25752
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16
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (REC)
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27877
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11
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (REC)
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29096
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
009 (REC)
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32003
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Students who took POLSCI 489 "Politics of Latinidad" in Fall 2017 will not be permitted to take this class.
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ISBN: 0393609294
Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies, Author: Diamond, Jared M.,
Required
ISBN: 9780385121224
Plagues and peoples, Author: McNeill, William Hardy, 1917-2016., Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1989
Required
ISBN: 0199236631
War in human civilization, Author: Gat, Azar., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 0140264450
The origins of virtue : human instincts and the evolution of cooperation, Author: Matt Ridley., Publisher: Penguin Books [Repr.]. 1998
Required
ISBN: 9780071134774
Human societies an introduction to macrosociology., Author: Lenski, Gerhard (University Of North Carolina, Cha Apel Hill, Usa) Lenski, Jean Nolan, Patrick (Unive., Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill Pub. Co 1995
Required
ISBN: 0071747044
The birth of plenty : how the prosperity of the modern world was created, Author: Bernstein, William J., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional 2010
Required
ISBN: 0812979370
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love., Author: David Brooks., Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks 2012 Rando 2012
Required
ISBN: 0143125087
The signal and the noise : why so many predictions fail, but some don't, Author: Silver, Nate., Publisher: Penguin Books 2015
Required
ISBN: 1108489311
Cultural Evolution: People?s Motivations are Changing, and Transforming the World
Required
ISBN: 9781250058782
Our final invention : artificial intelligence and the end of the human era, Author: Barrat, James., Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books 2015
Required
ISBN: 9780199678112
Superintelligence : the coming machine intelligence revolution, Author: Nick Bostrom., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2013
Required
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