This course explores approaches to the study of the organization, operation, and transformation of power in society. Topics include stateless societies and state formation, political institutions and social hierarchies, the spatial organization of political power, political participation and social change, and revolution and counter-revolution. PREREQ: minimum 12 credits at the 2000 level or permission of the department. (lec 3) cr 3. Cross-listed with SOCI 4137. Students may not retain credit for both POLI/SOCI 4137 and POLI 4456F.