Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions

President Kennedy addresses the U.S. Congress.

In a May 25, 1961 address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President John F. Kennedy establishes the goal "of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth" before the decade is out. (Image courtesy of NASA.)


MIT Course Number

21A.245J / 17.045J

As Taught In

Fall 2005



Translated Versions


Cite This Course

Course Description

Course Features

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes, sample writing assignments and the mid-term exam in the exams section.

Course Description

Using examples from anthropology and sociology alongside classical and contemporary social theory, this course explores the nature of dominant and subordinate relationships, types of legitimate authority, and practices of resistance. The course also examines how we are influenced in subtle ways by the people around us, who makes controlling decisions in the family, how people get ahead at work, and whether democracies, in fact, reflect the "will of the people."

Related Content

Susan Silbey. 21A.245J Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

For more information about using these materials and the Creative Commons license, see our Terms of Use.