Spring 2017 courses

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The following courses required for the B.A. in World Politics degree are available for the Spring 2017 semester. A full list of courses and requirements can be found in the  Undergraduate Handbook [pdf] and the major requirements handout [pdf]

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

1200: Introduction to Comparative Politics

 

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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.


1300: Global Politics

 

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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.


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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

 

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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


4135: American Constitutional Law

American ConstitutionSemester | 3 credit units

The Constitution and the decisions of the Supreme Court justices who interpret it have defined the contours of government power in the United States for over 220 years. As we will see, however, the precise scope and nature of that power are not always clear. Legitimate questions arise about whether particular governmental entities have the authority to undertake specific kinds of actions. Moreover, conflicts arise between the branches of government (separation of powers) or between the national and state governments (federalism) concerning the appropriate balance of power among different governmental bodies.
 
In this course we will examine the constitutional powers of our national institutions: The judicial, legislative, and executive branches. We will also look at how our constitutional structure limits state and national governmental actors. Finally, we will consider how some of the specific tools that the United States government has to address national problems have evolved over time through Supreme Court decision making.

4315: International Security and the Causes of War

International Security and the Causes of War ImageSemester | 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

The Politics of International Terrorism ImageSemester | 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.


4330: Global Governance

Global Governance ImageSemester | 3 credit units

In the past two decades, global governance has emerged as a central challenge in world politics. This course will examing the emergence and various forms of global governance, including questions of legitimation, democratization, and enforcement; as well as collective security, humanitarian intervention, and proliferation. The course will focus particularly on the ways in which global governance relates to violence and the use of force.


4597.01: International Cooperation and Conflict

UN delegates in sessionSemester | 3 credit units

An examination of the relationships industrialized countries have with each other and developing nations; focus on potential for cooperation and conflict.

Prereq for 4597.01: Jr or Sr standing. GE cross-disciplinary seminar.


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2B. Political Institutions and Processes

4210: Politics of European Integration

Politics of European Integration ImageSemester | 3 credit units

A survey of the politics of European integration since the Second World War; topics include theories of political integration, institutions of the EU, its policies and decision making, common currency, and internal and external relations.


4218: Russian Politics

Russian Politics ImageSemester | 3 credit units

This course will give students an introduction to the politics of the Russian Federation, with emphasis on democratization, economic reform, institutional development, elites, mass behavior, and ideology. Is "democracy" evolving in Russia? If so, how, and what are the impediments to it? Is a "civil society" being formed in Russia? Is Russia becoming a nation of laws with properly functioning political and legal institutions? Or is Russia reverting to its "Soviet" past? 


4240: Latin American Politics

Latin American Politics ImageSemester | 3 credit units

This course serves as in introduction to Latin American politics, and it is organized thematically to cover a broad swath of countries. The course provides a historical overview and theoretical debates surrounding many political, economic, and social actors and events in the region. It also analyzes the quality of democracy and the current problems and political developments Latin America. Students will engage critically, analytically, and thoughtfully with theories in political science and developments in the scholarship of Latin American Politics.


4270: The Canadian Political System

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Semester | 3 credit units

The Canadian political system, including institutional, behavioral, socio-economic, cultural, and ideological components, often in comparison with the United States' political system.


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2C. Political Economy and Development

3220: Politics of the Developing World

a tibe carring containers on their headsSemester | 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.


4210: Politics of European Integration

Politics of European Integration ImageSemester | 3 credit units

A survey of the politics of European integration since the Second World War; topics include theories of political integration, institutions of the EU, its policies and decision making, common currency, and internal and external relations.


4240: Latin American Politics

Latin American Politics ImageSemester | 3 credit units

This course serves as in introduction to Latin American politics, and it is organized thematically to cover a broad swath of countries. The course provides a historical overview and theoretical debates surrounding many political, economic, and social actors and events in the region. It also analyzes the quality of democracy and the current problems and political developments Latin America. Students will engage critically, analytically, and thoughtfully with theories in political science and developments in the scholarship of Latin American Politics.


4250: African Politics

 

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Semester | 3 credit units

An introductory survey of Sub-Saharan African politics from the pre-colonial period to the contemporary era. It will examine the common themes, issues, and trends that shape politics and development across forty-nine countries. Students will gain an understanding of how context shapes political behavior and how historical and political forces have influenced African politics. 

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4597.02 (Au13, African Politics), 4250H, or AfAmASt 4250. GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in AfAmASt


4280: State and Economy

State and Economy ImageSemester | 3 credit units

Introduction to comparative political economy; relations between the state and the economy, politics and markets, and democracy and capitalism; the consequences of state intervention.


4327: Politics in the Middle East

Politics in the Middle East ImageSemester | 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.


4381: Comparative International Political Economy

Comparative International Political Economy ImageSemester | 3 credit units

A survey of foreign economic policies followed by European and other advanced industrial economies since the Napoleonic Wars, with a special emphasis on Britain, France, Germany, the United states, and Japan.


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2D. International Theory

3430: Political Theories of Freedom

protester holding up a sign that says "Freedom"Semester | 3 credit units

This course provides a survey of the various ways in which the value of human freedom has been invoked and pursued in political life. Topics of discussion will include the relationship between freedom and democracy, between “political” and “market” freedom, and between freedom and the necessary conditions for its enjoyment. Anarchist, feminist, liberal, libertarian, postmodern, republican and socialist perspectives will be considered.


3460: Global Justice

 

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Semester | 3 credit units

Is it possible to achieve global justice? What would such a world look like and what does this tell us about how to live today in our own unjust world? These important questions motivate this political theory course about the possibility of justice between states and among the people of the world. Our first unit considers leading analytic frameworks, starting from Kant’s influential 1795 essay Perpetual Peace before considering a variety of contemporary approaches. To show that these questions are not idle or utopian, the course examines particular issue areas relevant to political debates today. Subsequent units look closely at poverty, trade, and sweatshops; global environmental issues; immigration, indigenous people, and the legacy of colonialism; and global governance and accountability. Throughout, we will connect these issues to each other as well as to newsworthy developments in global politics today.


4330: Global Governance

Global Governance ImageSemester | 3 credit units

In the past two decades, global governance has emerged as a central challenge in world politics. This course will examing the emergence and various forms of global governance, including questions of legitimation, democratization, and enforcement; as well as collective security, humanitarian intervention, and proliferation. The course will focus particularly on the ways in which global governance relates to violence and the use of force. 


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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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