Fall 2021 courses

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The following courses required for the B.A. in World Politics degree are available for the Fall 2021 semester. A full list of courses and requirements can be found in the major requirements handout [pdf] and the undergraduate handbook, accessible by clicking on the file below. 


Additional course information can be found on Buckeye Link

Do you have questions about courses or scheduling? Make an appointment with an academic advisor by calling (614) 292-6961. 

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2. Specialization courses: 
 
 

1. Course(s) required to declare the major

*students must have at least one of these

1165: Introduction to Politics

Introduction to politics and political science: power, democracy and authoritarianism, political participation, the state, political institutions, subfields of the discipline, and political research methodology. Online/distance learning course.

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 165 or 165H. GE soc sci orgs and polities course. SS Admis Cond course.


1200: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

Semester | 3 credit units

This is a course that introduces students to politics as it takes place outside the United States. The emphasis is on the big questions of the day: How should democracy be structured? How do countries confront the challenges of economic development, inequality, ethnic and racial cleavages, or nation building? What are the politics that make possible transitions from authoritarianism to democracy? And how are different authoritarian political systems structured? The class will address questions of this nature in the context of an analysis of selected wealthy and poor countries around the world.

This course is available for EM credit. GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity global studies course. Also offered as an online/distance learning course.


1300: Global Politics

 

Semester | 3 credit units

What are the causes of war? What are the conditions in which people from different parts of the world can work together to tackle common problems such as climate change? This course provides you with the basic theoretical perspectives to address important issues in world politics such as these, and also covers other topics including economic relations, the role of international organizations, and human rights, so that, at the end of the course, you will be able to critically analyze the phenomena in world politics as an informed citizen.

GEC soc sci human, natural, and economic resources and diversity global studies course. Also offered as an online/distance learning course.


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2. Specialization courses

*Students must have at least four courses at the 2000 level or higher in one of these areas, and at least one course at the 2000 level or higher in each of the other three areas. 

2A. Foreign Policy and Security

2300: American Foreign Policy

Semester | 3 credit units

Today, the United States possesses unrivaled power and influence in international politics. How is this power used? How is U.S. foreign policy developed and implemented? What interests should the United States pursue in key policy areas like terrorism, economic globalization and weapons proliferation? The goal of this course is to equip students with the knowledge and analytical skills needed to answer these questions and to critically evaluate the role of the United States in the world.

GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity global studies course


3310: Defense Policy and National Security
 

Semester | 3 credit units

This course addresses some of the basic issues surrounding national security policy. The primary focus is on policy issues related to the use of force between and within countries. The goal of the course is to provide the analytical tools and factual knowledge that are necessary to identify and assess current and future threats to national security.


4135: American Constitutional Law

Semester | 3 credit units

Assessment of the contemporary realties of Us governmental authority as interpreted by the judiciary; emphasis on judicial review, case and controversy requirements, and legislative and executive power.

Prereq; Not open to students with credit for 520.


4315: International Security and the Causes of War

Semester | 3 credit units

This course examines various issues regarding international conflict and cooperation, including theories of strategic interaction and the causes of war.


4318: The Politics of International Terrorism

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines international terrorism's concepts and actors, the motivations and causes of terrorism, the experience of the United States, and tensions between freedoms and security.


4335: International Environmental Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Theories and debates over sustainable development, environment, and security, and effectiveness of international regimes with a focus on international fisheries management and global climate change.

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 559.


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2B. Political Institutions and Processes

 

4285: Comparative Politics of the Welfare State

Semester | 3 credit units

Analyzes different kinds of welfare capitalism including social, economic, and political considerations shaping welfare policy; and contemporary welfare reform as an exercise in reallocation, reorganization, and budget-cutting.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 578.


4331: UN Systems

Semester | 3 credit units

Activities and potential of the United Nations system in promoting economic well-being, environmental management, resource sharing, social justice, and control of violence.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 551.


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2C. Political Economy and Development

 

3001: Economy, Polity, and Community

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines how different ways of thinking about human nature shape our understanding of philosophy, politics, and economics.

Prereq: Econ 2001.XX or 2002.01 or 2002.03H; and Philos 2400 or PolitSc 2400 or 2400H; and Econ 5001 or Philos 2500 or 5540 or PolitSc 4553 or 4553H; and Philos 3300; and Econ 3400 or IntStds 3400 or PolitSc 3780 or 3780H; and PolitSc 4280 or 4380. Not open to students with credit for Econ 3001 or Philos 3001. Cross-listed in Econ and Philos.


3220: Politics of the Developing World

Semester | 3 credit units

The international system is characterized by tremendous inequality, and the gaps between the poorest and wealthiest countries commonly grow larger and larger.  This class asks, given this, what is a developing country to do?  That is, what are the political strategies, institutions, and problems that shape whether rapid economic and social development is possible, or whether poverty, marginalization, and malgovernance are likely to remain endemic.  The course covers experiences selected from around the developing world (from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and even the European periphery), and is organized around three periods: (1) the post-war boom from the 1945 to the mid-1970s, (2) the return of free-market economics in the 1980s-90s, and (3) the contemporary era for financial globalization and crisis.  This is a class about the politics of development, and no formal economics training is presumed.

GE soc sci human, nat, and econ resources and diversity global studies course.


3380: Political Analysis of International Economic Relations

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines the relationship between political and economic events in the international system; topics include global interdependence, inequality, scarce resources, and periphery nation strategies.

Prereq: Not open tp students with credit for 4380.


4285: Comparative Politics of the Welfare State

Semester | 3 credit units

Analyzes different kinds of welfare capitalism including social, economic, and political considerations shaping welfare policy; and contemporary welfare reform as an exercise in reallocation, reorganization, and budget-cutting.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 578.


4327: Politics in the Middle East

Semester | 3 credit units

Politics of Arab-Israeli relations, Perisan Gulf, Islamic fundamentalism, and oil; processes of change and their effects on governments and international relations.


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2D. International Theory


3430: Political Theories of Freedom

Semester | 3 credit units

Provides an overview of the various ways in which the value of human freedom has been understood and pursued in political life. 

Prereq: 2400 (210). Not open to students with credit for 570.


3912: Political Leadership

Semester | 3 credit units

Interest in the role of leaders in foreign policy decision-making and international relations has resurfaced in recent years. How much do leaders matter? What traits and contexts make leaders matter more? In what ways do leaders shape their states' foreign policies? What traits and behaviors lead to "good" leadership? What counts as "good" leadership? This class serves as a review of the classic and contemporary literature concerning leaders in international politics. Time will also be spent attempting to understand historical and contemporary political leaders' foreign policy behavior. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Age, Illness, Biology, Gender, Operational Code, Motivations, Personality, Life Experiences, and Narcissism.

Establishment of a working definition of political leadership, investigation of recruitment of leaders, analysis of major functions political leaders perform, and assessment of consequences of political leadership.
Prereq: 1100 (100), 1200 (101), or 3100 (300).  Not open to students with credit for 612.


4300: Theories of International Relations

Semester | 3 credit units

Various theories of world politics, such as realism, liberalism, long cycles, domestic and bureaucratic politics, and decision-making level theory.

Prereq: 1300 (145). Not open to students with credit for 550.


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3. Other courses

3191: Political Science Internship

4191: Political Science Internship

4193: Individual Studies

4998: Undergraduate Research in Political Science

4999: Undergraduate Thesis Research

4999H: Honors Thesis Research

5797: Study at a Foreign Institution

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