A critical examination of theories of power, including the relationship of power to culture, social class, the economic order, government, ideology, poverty, race, sex and other topics. Studies community, national and international power structures and institutional leaderships.
- Discuss and differentiate the directions and limits of power and authority in American society.
- Describe how power arises and is manifested in various institutional contexts.
- Discuss how power is exercised, via social movements, to bring about social change.
- Describe how an individual can gain, use and respond to power.
- Distinguish between power, authority, and influence.
- Define ideology and describe its relationship to power.
- Compare and contrast ‘elitist’ vs. ‘pluralist’ views of power.
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