Ph.D. Exam Guidance and Readings

作者:2018/01/09 04:47

Core and Recommended Readings for the Comprehensive Exam



     This is the list of Core and Recommended Readings for the comprehensive examinamtion for doctoral students in the International Graduate Program in Politics. Core readings are underlined. When students sit for the doctoral exam, they will face a total of eight questions in two categories: Core questions and Topical questions, four each. The Core questions are the same for everyone, so that all students sitting for the examination on the same day will face the same four questions drawn from the Core readings. From these, students must choose and answer two. Four more questions on specific topics, different for each student, will be asked in the Topical category. These questions are different for everyone, reflecting each given student’s research interests. Of these questions students also choose and answer only two each. As the questions in the “Topical” category are different for everyone, the reading list for this part of the test will vary accordingly by the student and must be proposed by each individual student with the approval of that student’s advisor. The Topical Readings list must then be approved by the IGPP Academic Review Committee (ARC) during the review of the student’s Course of Study application. 

     The Core Readings list is made up of 120 volumes, including multi-volume sets, essays and monographs. The student’s topical list must go at least to an additional 30 texts: 5 titles from the list below and 25 more books not listed chosen with the help of the advisor. 

Comprehensive Examination

     Doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in the third semester of their studies in this program. The exact timing of the test is determined by the program’s administrators. The examination has two parts that must be completed in a single 4-hour session. The first part is based on a core reading list taken from both sections of the Comprehensive Examination Reading List: these are the books and articles which are underlined. These core readings are required of all students. The second part of the examination is based on a specially chosen reading list according with each individual student’s research interests. The contents of this second list are determined in consultation with the student’s advisor and stand under condition of approval by the IGPP’s Academic Review Committee.

     Each part of the doctoral examination consists of four questions from which a student chooses and answers only two. The questions are asked in English and the answers must be written in English in order to be considered for review. Each question is worth 25 points for a total possible score of 100. The examination is graded by the IGPP Grading Committee made up of at least three faculty members appointed by the IGPP’s Academic Review Committee. The Grading Committee meets when necessary, on a per-need basis. At least three members of the Grading Committee must grade all four answers for any given student’s examination. The aggregate of the grades for each answer will be calculated from between the scores given by each of the Grading Committee’s members. The final score is the total of the four aggregates.

     The following grading scale is used: 73 or less = fail; 74 to 83 = low pass; 84 to 93 = pass; 94 to 100 = high pass. The Academic Review Committee will inform students of their scores. A student who has earned a failing grade has the right to take a new examination in the next six months. A second failing grade earns dismissal from from the program.

  1. Politics Generally

Adorno, Theodor, and Max Horkheimer. Dialectic of Enlightenment

Adorno, Theodor. Minima Moralia; Hegel: Three Studies

Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life; The State of Exception

Althusser, Louis. For Marx“Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses”

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities

Aristotle, Politics,Nicomachean Ethics

Arendt, Hannah. Between Past and Future; The Origins of Totalitarianism; Eichmann in Jerusalem

Augustine, City of God

Bakhtin, Mikhail. The Dialogic Imagination

Barthes, Roland. Mythologies

Baudrillard, Jean. The Spirit of Terrorism;Simulacra and Simulation; The Illusion of the End

Beauvoir, Simone de, The Second Sex

Benjamin, Walter. “Theses on the Philosophy of History;” “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” 

Brady, Anne-Marie. The Emerging Politics of Antarctica

Braudel, Fernand. Civilization and Capitalism (2 volumes)

Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

Certeau, Michel de. The Writing of History; The Practice of Everyday Life

Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture

Chatterjee, Partha. The Nation and Its Fragments

Chavez, Karma R. Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities

Dahl, Robert A. A Preface to Democratic Theory

Davis, Walter A. Inwardness and Existence: Subjectivity in/and Hegel, Heidegger, Marx and Freud

Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle

Deleuze, Gilles, and Felix Guattari. Anti-Oedipus;A Thousand Plateaus

Derrida, Jacques. “Force of Law;” “Plato’s Pharmacy,” “Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences

Descartes, Rene. Meditations on First Philosophy

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk

Durkheim, Émile. Suicide

Engels, Friedrich. The Origin of the Family; Private Property and the State

Fanon, Franz. The Wretched of the Earth; Black Skin, White Masks

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison;The History of Sexuality, Vols. 1-3; The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences; Society Must be Defended; Hermeneutics of the Subject; The Government of Self and Others; The Birth of Biopolitics; “What is Enlightenment?;” “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History;” “What Is an Author?”

Fraser, Nancy. Unruly Practices

Frazier, Franklin E. Black Bourgeoisie

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and Its Discontents

Friedman, Milton. Capitalism and Freedom

Fukuyama, Francis. The End of History and the Last Man

Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic

Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures

Gramsci, Antonio. Selections from the Prison Notebooks

Greenfeld, Liah. Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract and Discourse on Inequality

Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society

Hamilton, Alexander, John Jay, James Madison. The Federalist Papers

Hardt, Michael, Antonio Negri. Empire, Multitude

Harvey, David.The New Imperialism;The Condition of Postmodernity; Spaces of Hope

Hayek, F.A. The Road to Serfdom

Hegel, G.W.F. Phenomenology of Spirit; The Lesser Logic; The Philosophy of Right

Heidegger, Martin. “The Question Concerning Technology;” Contributions to Philosophy, Being and Time

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan

Honneth, Axel. The Struggle for Recognition

Hume, David. Treatise of Human Nature

Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order

Irigaray, Luce. This Sex Which Is Not One

James, William. Pragmatism

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism;The Political Unconscious

Kant, Immanuel. Political Writings (Cambridge Edition)

Kierkegaard, Søren. Fear and Trembling, Two Ages

King, Jr., Martin Luther. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Kuhn, Thomas. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Lacan, Jacques, Écrits

Laclau, Ernesto and Chantal Mouffe, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern

Lefebvre, Henri. Critique of Everyday Life; The Production of Space; Dialectical Materialism

Lenin, Vladimir. Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism;State and Revolution

Levi-Strauss, Claude. The Savage Mind; Tristes Tropiques

Levinas, Emmanuel. Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority; Proper Names

Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding;Two Treatises of Government.

Love, Heather. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

Lukács, Georg. History and Class Consciousness

Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The PrinceThe Discourses

MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue

Mannheim, Karl. Ideology and Utopia

Marx, Karl. Theses on Feuerbach;Communist Manifesto; On the Jewish QuestionThe German Ideology; The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844; The Grundrisse;Capital I; The 18th Brumaire

Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Humanism and Terror, Adventures of the Dialectic

Mill, John Stuart.On Liberty, Considerations on Representative Government,Utilitarianism

Mills, C. Wright. The Power Elite

Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws

Moore, Barrington, Jr. The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Luxemburg, Rosa. The Russian RevolutionLeninism or Marxism

Nietzsche, Friedrich. The Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo,Beyond Good and Evil, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State, and Utopia

Olson, Mancur. The Logic of Collective Action

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense; Rights of Man

Penney, James. After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics 

Piketty, Thomas. Capital in the 21st Century

Pippin, Robert B. Modernism as a Philosophical Problem

Plato, Apology;Crito;Phaedrus;Symposium;Republic;The Seventh Letter

Polanyi, Karl. The Great Transformation

Pre-Socratic fragments of Heraclitus and Parmenides

Rancière, Jacques. Disagreements

Rawls, John. A Theory of Justice; Political Liberalism.

Ricoeur, Paul, Freud and Philosophy: An Essay on Interpretation; Memory, History, Forgetting

Rousseau. The Discourses and Other Writings,On the Social Contract

Said, Edward. Orientalism

Sandel, Michael. Liberalism and the Limits of Justice

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness; Search for a Method

Saussure, Ferdinand. General Course in Linguistics

Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

Scott, James. Seeing Like a State

Sen, Amartya. “Democracy as a Universal Value

Smith, Adam, Wealth of Nations

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Stiglitz, Joseph E. WhitherSocialism; Globalization and Its Discontents

Strauss, Leo. “Persecution and the Art of Writing

Taylor, Charles, ed. Multiculturalism

Taussig, Michael. My Cocaine Museum; The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in Latin America; Law in a Lawless Land; The Magic of the State

Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America.

Volonsinov, V.N. Marxism and the Philosophy of Language

Wallerstein, Immanuel. The Modern World-System, Volumes I-IV

Warner, Michael. Fear Of A Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory

Weber, Max. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

William, Raymond. Keywords

Young, Iris Marion. Justice and the Politics of Difference;Inclusion and Democracy

Žižek, Slavoj. The Ticklish Subject; The Desert of the Real; Living in the End Times

  1. Chinese Politics

Adler, Joseph. Chinese Religions

Andreas, Joel. Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of China’s New Class

Bell, Daniel A. China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society

Bianco, Lucien. Origins of the Chinese Revolution: 1915-1949

Bo Zhiyue. China’s Elite Politics: Governance and Democratization

Brady, Anne-Marie. Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China;Making the Foreign Serve China: Managing Foreigners in the People’s Republic

Bramall, Chris. Chinese Economic Development

Brown, Kerry. Ballot Box China: Grassroots Democracy in the Final Major One-Party State

Carlson, Allen, Mary E. Gallagher, et al, eds. Contemporary Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies

Chan, A., Madsen, R. and Unger, J. Chen Village under Mao and Deng

Chang Hui-Ching, Richard Holt. Language, Politics and Identity in Taiwan: Naming China

Chang, Leslie T. Factory Girls from Village to City in a Changing China

Chen Jian.Mao’s China and the Cold War

Chen, Xiaoming. From the May Fourth Movement to Communist Revolution: Guo Moruo and the Chinese Path to Communism

Cheng Chung-ying. New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy

Chow Tse-Tsung,The May 4th Movement: Intellectual Revolution In Modern China

Chun, Lin. The Transformation of Chinese Socialism

Confucius. Analects,The Book of Rites

Cook, Francis H. Hua-yen Buddhism

Dardess, John W. Governing China: 150-1850

Deng Xiaoping. Selected Works, Vols. 1-3

Dickson, Bruce J. Wealth into Power:The Communist Party's Embrace of China's Private Sector;Red Capitalists in China: The Party, Private Entrepreneurs, and Prospects for Political Change

Duara, Prasenjit. Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China

Engebretsen, Elisabeth L. Queer Women in Urban China: An Ethnography

Fei Xiaotong.From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society

Fell, Dafydd. Party Politics in Taiwan: Party Change and the Democratic Evolution of Taiwan, 1991-2004

Fewsmith, Joseph. China Since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition

Frank, Andre Gunder. ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age

Fravel, M. Taylor. Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China's Territorial Disputes.

Gaetano, Arianne, Tamara Jacka. On The Move: Women in Rural-to-Urban Migration in Contemporary China

Gao Mobo. The Battle for China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution

Gilmartin, Christina K., Gail Hershatter, Lisa Rofel, Tyrene White. Engendering China:  Women, Culture, and the State

Gladney, Dru C. Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects

Greenhalgh, Susan. Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng’s China

Hall, David L. and Roger T. Ames. Anticipating China: Thinking Through the Narratives of Chinese and Western Culture

Hansen, Valerie. The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600

Henriot, Christian. Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai- A Social History 1849-1949

 Hinsch, Bret. Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China

Huang, Hans. Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan

Huang, Siu-chi. Essentials of Neo-Confucianism

Huang Yasheng. Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics: Entrepreneurship and the State

Jiang Zemin. Selected Works, Vols. 1-3

Johnson, Kay Ann. Woman, the Family and Peasant Revolution in China

Joseph, William A. Politics in China: An Introduction, 2nd Ed

Kam, Lucetta. Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China

Kang Wenqing. Obsession: Male Same-Sex Relations in China, 1900-1950

Knight, Nick. Rethinking Mao; Li Da and Marxist Philosophy in China

Landry, Pierre F. Decentralized Authoritarianism in China: The Communist Party’s Control of Local Elites in the Post-Mao Era

Laozi. Daodejing

Levenson, Joseph R. Confucian China and Its Modern Fate

Litzinger, Ralph A. Other Chinas: The Yao and the Politics of National Belonging

Lu Xun.Selected Works, Vol. 1

Lüthi, Lorenz M. The Sino-Soviet Split: Cold War in the Communist World

MacFarquhar, Roderick. The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China

Mao Zedong. Selected Works, Vols. 1-5

Marks, Robert B. China: Its Environment and History

McMahon, Keith. Polygamy and Sublime Passion: Sexuality in China on the Verge of Modernity

Mengzi, with Selections from the Traditional Commentaries

Meisner, Maurice, Li Ta-Chao and the Origins of Chinese Marxism


Mungello, D.E. The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800;Western Queers in China: Flight to the Land of Oz

Naughton, Barry. The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth

Needham, Joseph. The Grand Titration: Science and Society in East and West

Norman, Jerry. Chinese

Ong, Aihwa, and Li Zhang, eds. Privatizing China: Socialism from Afar

Peerenboom, Randall. China's Long March Toward Rule of Law;Judicial Independence in China: Lessons for Global Rule of Law Promotion

Pei Minxin. China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy

Short, Philip. Mao: A Life

Pomeranz, Kenneth. The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy

Saich, Tony. Government and Politics of China, 3rd Ed.

Schein, Louisa. Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in China’s Cultural Politics

Schram, Stuart. Mao Tse-tung

Schurmann, Franz. Ideology and Organization in Communist China

Schwarcz, Vera. The Chinese Enlightenment: Intellectuals and the Legacy of the May Fourth Movement of 1919

Shi Tianjian. The Cultural Logic of Politics in Mainland China and Taiwan

Scobell, Anderew. China’s Use of Military Force

Shambaugh, David. China’s Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation;China Goes Global: The Partial Power; Tangled Titans: The United States and China

Shapiro, Judith. Mao’s War against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China.

Shirk, Susan L. China: Fragile Superpower

Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China

Song, Ligang and Wing Thye Woo, eds. China’s Dilemma: Economic Growth, the Environment and Climate Change

Spence, Jonathan. The Search for Modern China

Thaxton, Ralph A., Jr. Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China

Tian Chenshan. Chinese Dialectics: From Yijing to Marxism

Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping

Vukovich, Daniel F. China and Orientalism: Western Knowledge Production and the PRC

Wan Guanghua. Inequality and Growth in Modern China

Wang Hui. The End of the Revolution

Wilkinson, Endymion. Chinese History: A New Manual

Wu Guanjuan. The Great Dragon Fantasy

Xiao, Lily, Hong Lee and Sue Wiles, Women of the Long March

Yeh, Wen-Hsi. Becoming Chinese: Passages to Modernity and Beyond


Yu, Anthony. State and Religion in China: Historical and Textual Perspectives

Yu Keping. Democracy is a Good Thing

Zhang Dainian, Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy

Zheng, Tiantian. Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China 


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