The Will of the People


Course Description

What constitutes the will of the people and how do we see it expressed in political revolutions? What accounts for the variety of outcomes different peoples experience with revolutionary movements? How do the social and economic conditions prevalent in countries prior to revolutions influence the resulting changes to the government and the capacity of the new government to fulfill the revolutionary will of the people? This course will seek to examine the idea of “the will of the people” by looking at several of the revolutions that took place in Western nation-states over the past three hundred years, specifically the American, French, Russian, and Polish revolutions. We will also look at George Orwell’s allegorical novella, Animal Farm, to help us understand the conditions in Russia that led to the revolution and its aftermath. Throughout we will seek to understand why peaceful change occurs in some cases, while violence results in others.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday, September 19th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Eileen Curran, Peter Jankowski, Irene Menear

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)



Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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