Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions >> Content Detail

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1Introduction, Opening Discussion

- How is power defined? Is it possible to use a single definition of power to describe a variety of social situations?
- How do people get and use power?
- How much power is lodged within personality and how much is part of the structure of the situation?
- How does the use of power sometimes mystify the targets so that they do not recognize that power is being exerted?
- Can power be equalized, or must some people always have more?
- What is resistance? How might we identify resistance in situations of institutionalized power?
I. Defining the Concept of Power: A Preliminary Analysis
2-3What is Power? Action and Intention
4-6What Power is Not: Influence and Conformity
7-10Force: The Limiting Case
11-12Leadership and Charisma: Personal and Inspirational PowerFirst paper due on Lec #11
13-14Authority (1): The Ability to Command
II. The Sources, Structure and Institutionalization of Power
15-16Some Classical Views
17-18Modern DebatesMidterm exam
19-20Authority (2): Power Redefined, Institutionalized, and Disciplined
III. Institutionalized Power: Examples and Transformations
21-22Bureaucratic Organizations and Entrepreneurial Corporations
23-24Modernity, Post-modern Colonialism, and The Global Community
25-26The Possibilities of Resistance

Can Power be Distributed Equally?
Final paper due


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