Graduate Courses

American Politics


7100

Foundations in American Politics

3 credit units
Introduction to central research areas and literature of the field of American politics.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 709

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7120

Legislative Politics

3 credit units
Analysis of the functioning and policy product of American legislatures; intensive reviews of selected aspects of the legislative literature to be conducted.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 717

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7125

Intergovernmental Relations

3 credit units
Intensive review of selected aspects of the literature on state and local politics in the United States.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 704

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7140

Race and Ethnicity

3 credit units
Examination of presidential research and analysis of literature on selected aspects of the presidency.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 707.01 or 707.02


7160

Public Opinion

3 credit units
Intensive analysis of literature on selected topics in public opinion.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 703


7164

Political Behavior

3 credit units
Intensive examination of literature on selected topics in the area of participation and voting behavior in the United States.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 774


7190

The Policy Process

3 credit units
Consideration of the basic theories, concepts, and techniques used in policy analysis; the determinants of public policy; and the impact and evaluation of public policy.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 779


7193.01

American Politics

1-10 credit units
Individual studies in political science; student work is evaluated by papers and/or special examinations
Repeatable to a maximum of 36 cr hrs or 36 completions.  This course is graded S/U.


8781

Research in American Politics

3 credit units
Development and execution of a research design on a selected topic in American politics; consultation on substantive and methodological problems offered by faculty.
Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs.  This course is graded S/U.


Comparative Politics

6194.03

Contemporary Comparative Political Problems

3 credit units
Contemporary political problems
Prereq: Repeatable to a maximum of 18 cr hrs or 6 completions


7200

Basic Theories in the Study of Comparative Politics

3 credit units
Examination of such concepts and theories as structural-functional analysis, general systems theory, and sociocultural systems as determinants of government structure.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 726

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7205

Democratic Transitions

3 credit units
Theoretical examination of the dynamics of the transition from authoritarian to democratic regimes, with special attention to southern Europe and Latin America.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 744.


7206

Comparative Political Institutions

3 credit units
Study of state building process, regime types, and contemporary governmental institutions from a broad cross-national perspective.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 776

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7212

Southern European Politics

3 credit units
A comprehensive overview of government and politics in Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 727.02


7220

The Politics of the Developing World

3 credit units
Theories, approaches, and methods in the analysis of political life in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; discussion of selected case and cross-national studies with theoretical importance.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 741

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7230

Chinese Politics

3 credit units
A seminar for the purpose of reading advanced scholarly materials on contemporary Chinese politics.
Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs


7250

Comparative Political Parties and Interest Groups

3 credit units
Comparative analysis of the nature and role of political parties and interest groups in contemporary societies.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 7789 (789) in AEDEcon or BusMktg or Econ or EduPL or Geog or JCom or Psych or PubHlth or PubPolM or Social and Stat 778

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7280

Comparative Political Economy

3 credit units
A graduate level course designed to survey contemporary theories on the interaction between economic policies, domestic institutions, the international economy, and their consequences on the macroeconomy.
Prereq: Not open to students with 1 completion for 7280 (735). Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. Cross-listed in Econ 6745


7281

The Political Economy of Income Inequality, Volatility, and Mobility

3 credit units
Examines patterns, political and institutional foundations, and consequences of incomes equality, volatility, and mobility, plus dynamic aspects of income distributions.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 781


7193.02

Comparative Politics

1-10 credit units
Individual studies in political science; student work is evaluated by papers and/or special examinations.
Repeatable to a maximum of 36 cr hrs or 36 completions.  This course is graded S/U.


8782

Research in Comparative Politics

3 credit units
Research seminar on various topics in comparative politics
Prereq: Not open to students with 12 cr hrs for 826. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs.  This course is graded S/U.


International Relations

6194.04

Contemporary International Political Problems

3 credit units
Contemporary political problems.
Prereq: Repeatable to a maximum of 18 cr hrs or 6 completions


7193.03

International Relations

1-10 credit units
Individual studies in political science; student work is evaluated by papers and/or special examinations. 
Repeatable to a maximum of 36 cr hrs or 36 completions.  This class is graded S/U.


7300

Theories of International Relations

3 credit units
Examination of such basic concepts and theories as equilibrium models, balance of power, national interest, geopolitical configurations.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 745.

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7310

Security Policy

3 credit units
Theories of conflict and war causation and an assessment of their durability in a new era of world politics.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 752

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7312

Critical Security Studies

3 credit units
Introduces students to the Political Science subfield of Critical Security Studies (CSS).
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 8194.03 (Sp15, Critical Security).

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7315

Conflict and Peace

3 credit units
Sources and types of social conflict with special attention to international violence; causes of war; their avoidance and control.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 751

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7320

Foreign Policy Design

3 credit units
Problems of designing foreign policy, including organizational, contextual, economic, and public opinion constraints; how to create an information retrieval system to aid decision-making.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 756

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7325

Comparative Foreign Policies

3 credit units
Examines comparatively the sources and classes of behavior of territorial actors in the international political system.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 757


7330

International Organization: Global Governance

3 credit units
Examination of global governance in such terms as changing political, legal, and normative contexts; security, economic, and environmental issues; state and non-state actors; and tools such as force, discipline, and law.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 760

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7334

International Organization: Rationalist Approaches

3 credit units
Comprehensive view of international governmental, non-governmental, and business organizations; their roles in solving problems such as poverty, war, pollution; particular attention to the United Nations system.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 759

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7336

International Order

3 credit units
Discussion of the leading books written on the subject of international order.
 


7340

Social Theories of International Relations

3 credit units
An examination of the main themes, debates, and social theories of world politics.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 748

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7375

Quantitative Studies of International Security

3 credit units
Survey of quantitative empirical studies of war, civil war, militarized disputes, and conflict.
Prereq: 7553 (788). Not open to students with credit for 849

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7380

Theories of International Political Economy

3 credit units
Contemporary literature in international political economy; its ties to classical schools of thought in international relations and political economy; points of contention between them.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 753

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7381

Institutions and International Political Economy

3 credit units
Examines international political economy from the perspective institutions and institutionalist theories in political science, economics, and international relations.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 770

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7783

Research Methods in International Relations

3 credit units
Examines a number of research techniques and approaches common in international politics such as content analysis, simulation, mathematical modeling, and factor analysis.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 747


8194.03

Contemporary Political Problems

3 credit units
Group studies to examine specific contemporary problems in international politics.
Prereq: Repeatable to a maximum of 21 cr hrs


8783

Research in International Politics

3 credit units
Research seminar on various topics in international politics.
Prereq: Not open to students with 12 cr hrs for 846.  Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.


Methodology

7193.05

Political Methodology

1-10 credit units
Individual studies in political science; student work is evaluated by papers and/or special examinations.
Repeatable to a maximum of 36 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

 


7551

Quantitative Political Analysis I

3 credit units
Explication, interpretation, and application of techniques for quantitative analysis of political data; descriptive and inferential statistics, with emphasis on bi-variate analysis.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 685

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7552

Quantitative Political Analysis II

3 credit units
Descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on multivariate analysis; additional topics offered as desired and possible: scaling, index construction, sampling, measuring reliability.
Prereq: 7551. Not open to students with credit for 686

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7553

Quantitative Political Analysis III

3 credit units
A continuation of subjects begun in 755d2, including such topics as scaling, index construction, sampling, and measurement reliability.
Prereq: 7551 and 7552. Not open to students with credit for 786

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7555

Causal Mechanisms

3 credit units
A survey of causal mechanisms in political science, including models of processes, equilibration, optimization, learning, integration, aggregation, evolution, complexity, and universal, contextual, and synthetic models.

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7681

Formal Theories of Politics I

3 credit units
Major approaches used in modeling politics, including social choice, game theory, and probability models.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 680

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7682

Formal Theories of Politics II

3 credit units
Introduction to various mathematical theories of political phenomena and the role of formal analysis in political science.
Prereq: 7681. Not open to students with credit for 788


7683

Formal Theories of Politics III

3 credit units
Design and examination of research focusing on a problem in mathematical political science.
Repeatable to a maximum of 21 cr hrs


7702

Survey and Questionnaire Design

3 credit units
Theories of the survey research response process and their implications for question wording and question order effects.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 761

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7780

Political Science Research Methods

3 credit units
Introduction to political science research with emphasis on survey and experimental designs, data generation techniques, data processing, and computer utilization.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 684


7785

Experimental Design

3 credit units
Experimental methods appropriate for research in political psychology.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 805


7788

Selected Topics in Political Methodology

3 credit units
An intensive examination of special topics in political methodology.
Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs

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Political Economy

7880

Field of Political Economy

3 credit units
The modern field of political economy; the interaction of markets and politics as well as the use of the tools of economics to explain social behavior.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 780 or Econ 6746 (780).  Cross-listed in Econ.

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Political Psychology

7700

Foundations in Political Psychology

3 credit units
Overview of the field of political psychology; causes, dynamics, and consequences of human thinking and action in politics.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 806

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7720

Political Psychology and International Relations

3 credit units
A seminar introducing students to theories of international relations that employ psychological perspectives; cognitive world views and political identity, especially nationalism, receive special attention.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 761


Political Theory

5411

Justice, Sin, and Virtue: Ancient & Medieval Political Thought

3 credit units
This course focuses on foundational texts in western political thought: from ancient Athens, republican and imperial Rome, the Christian middle ages, and the Italian Renaissance. These works deal with themes that remain central in modern political life, including social justice, political action and religious faith, and the struggle between civic virtue and self-interest.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4411 (470), or  6411 (670).

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5412

Life, Liberty, and Property: Early Modern Political Thought

3 credit units
Why do we have government? What are the proper limits of its authority? What should we do when its demands conflict with our moral or religious beliefs? These questions lie at the center of early modern political thought, and gave rise to the idea of the social contract.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4412 (471) or 6412 (671).

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5413

Democracy, Equality & Revolution: 19th Century Political Thought

3 credit units
This course examines some of the earliest and most influential attempts to wrestle with the practical implications of living in a world where people were not only considered equal in theory, but were becoming equal in fact. Topics of discussion will include the relationship between liberty and equality, individualism and conformity, alienation and exploitation, and morality and power.
Not open to students with credit for 6413 (672) or 4413 (472).


5414

Liberalism, Totalitarianism, and Empire: 20th Century Political Thought

3 credit units
The 20th century was a time of unprecedented transformations: world wars, genocide, the collapse of colonialism and the spread of capitalism. This course examines the political theories that contributed to these developments as well as efforts to understand these changes.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4414 (473) or 6414 (673).


7193.04

Political Theory

1-10 credit units
Individual studies in political science; student work is evaluated by papers and/or special examinations.
Repeatable to a maximum of 36 cr hrs or 36 completions.  This course is graded S/U.


7400

Fundamental Concepts in Political Theory

3 credit units
A graduate survey of the scope, concepts, and methods of political theory, examining important debates throughout political science through works of both canoical and contemporary thinkers.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 763


7410

Radical Cosmopolitanism

3 credit units
The notion of cosmopolitanism has enjoyed renewed interest among political and critical theorists. This course engages critically with Immanuel Kant's classic account and examines its roots and anthropological commitments seriously and puts it in dialogue with colonial and post-colonial intellectuals, including W. E. B. Du Bois who thought systematically about justice beyond the nation.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 7499 (Au 2015).

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7499

Selected Topics in Political Theory

3 credit units
Intensive joint readings and discussions concentrating upon one of the major themes, problems, or movements in political theory; topic information available from instructor.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 766

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8784

Research in Political Theory

3 credit units
Research seminar in political theory.
Prereq: Not open to students with 12 hrs credit for 866. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.


Variable

7000

Foundations of Political Science

3 credit units
Introductory study of diverse efforts to ground knowledge of politics, positivist, and post-positivist views of science, sources of formal rigor, and interpretation and evaluation.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 790

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7888

Field Research Methods

3 credit units
This seminar introduces students to various field methods for developing and testing theories in political science.

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7905

Political Institutions

3 credit units
This class is an entry-level graduate class into the study of political institutions.The class aims to provide an overview of the field and a foundation upon which students can begin to teach themselves additional works in this literature.

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8000

Writing and Publishing in Political Science

3 credit units
Students work on a pre-existing draft of a paper and develop a polished piece of research suitable for journal submission.

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8999

Research in Political Science

1-12 credit units
Research for dissertation purposes only.
Prereq: Repeatable to a maximum of 96 cr hrs or 32 completions. This course is graded S/U.


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