Spring 2017 courses

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This page lists courses that will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester and fulfill minor program requirements. For a full list of courses offered by the department and the minor program requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Handbook [pdf].

Campaigns and Elections minor

Required course: 

No courses offered this semester. 

Elective courses:

3115: Introduction to the Policy Process

someone highlighting the word policySemester | 3 credit units

Introduction to the workings of policy-making processes within governments, and the use of social science reasoning to evaluate and improve the content of policies.


4150: American Political Parties

An elephant and Donkey in a ringSemester | 3 credit units

This course will study the role and behavior of the three parts of American political parties – the party organization, the party in the electorate (the voters supporting the parties), and the party in government (party members in the three branches of government) – and their interrelationships and competition throughout American history.  With particular attention to the upcoming 2016 election campaigns, it will focus on how American parties have changed in recent years and what these changes mean for American politics.  

GE soc sci orgs and polities course.


4152: Campaign Politics

balloons, and a vote button in front of the American Flag.Semester | 3 credit units

The organization and strategy of American political campaigns; practical politics seen in the light of knowledge about political behavior and public opinion.


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Comparative Politics minor

Required courses:

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.


Elective courses:

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.


3596: Nationalism and Ethnicity

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Semester | 3 credit units

Nationalism and Ethnicity explores identity and the politics of belonging — especially nationalism and ethnicity — around the world. Students will learn about where these identities come from and how they are formed, as well as the impacts of nationalism and ethnicity on how democracy functions, whether development occurs, and where we see violence and civil war. The course also allows students to gain first hand experience with conducting research: students will collect original ethnographic data on campus and learn how to analyze it using qualitative research practices,  as well as learn how to analyze public opinion data on nationalism and ethnicity using quantitative methods. The course will be discussion (rather than lecture) based.

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.


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

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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

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


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. 


4597.02: Political Problems of the Contemporary World

group of malnourishe children Semester | 3 credit units

Critical problems of industrialized and developing societies, including governmental legitimacy, conflict and violence, social welfare, equality, and economic development. Topic varies by semester. 


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Judicial Politics minor

Required course: 

No courses offered this semester

Elective courses:

2400: Introduction to Political Theory

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Semester | 3 credit units

Justice, it is said, requires giving people what they are due – but what exactly are people due? Does justice encompass freedom and equality, or are these often conflicting political values? If so, how do we trade them off against each other? How should a just state distribute the goods that we all need, such as rights and liberties, educational opportunities, and wealth? In addition to studying great philosophical answers to such questions, we will apply those answers to live debates about pressing political questions, for example, regulating sexual conduct, economic markets, affirmative action, environmental sustainability, immigration, and global justice.

GE soc sci orgs and polities course. SS Admis Cond 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.

4136: Civil Liberties

Flags waving in front of the Capital BuildingSemester | 3 credit units

An examination of the civil liberties decisions by American courts, their legal and political bases, and their effects on government and society.


4138: Women and the Law

Woman on a poster saying "We can do it"Semester | 3 credit units

This course examines legal issues that are especially relevant to women, issues that range from abortion to employment discrimination. We will consider this set of issues because of their importance in themselves and as a means to illuminate the workings of government and politics. The course material will focus on three aspects of these issues: the content of major legal rules affecting women and the development of those rules over time; the forces that shape those legal rules; and the impact of those rules on the situations of women and on society generally. 


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Legal Foundations of Society minor

Required foundational course: 

2400: Introduction to Political Theory

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Semester | 3 credit units

Justice, it is said, requires giving people what they are due – but what exactly are people due? Does justice encompass freedom and equality, or are these often conflicting political values? If so, how do we trade them off against each other? How should a just state distribute the goods that we all need, such as rights and liberties, educational opportunities, and wealth? In addition to studying great philosophical answers to such questions, we will apply those answers to live debates about pressing political questions, for example, regulating sexual conduct, economic markets, affirmative action, environmental sustainability, immigration, and global justice.

GE soc sci orgs and polities course. SS Admis Cond course.


Elective courses: 

2400: Introduction to Political Theory

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Image for Political Theory course

Semester | 3 credit units

Justice, it is said, requires giving people what they are due – but what exactly are people due? Does justice encompass freedom and equality, or are these often conflicting political values? If so, how do we trade them off against each other? How should a just state distribute the goods that we all need, such as rights and liberties, educational opportunities, and wealth? In addition to studying great philosophical answers to such questions, we will apply those answers to live debates about pressing political questions, for example, regulating sexual conduct, economic markets, affirmative action, environmental sustainability, immigration, and global justice.

GE soc sci orgs and polities course. SS Admis Cond 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.

4136: Civil Liberties

Flags waving in front of the Capital BuildingSemester | 3 credit units

An examination of the civil liberties decisions by American courts, their legal and political bases, and their effects on government and society.


4138: Women and the Law

Woman on a poster saying "We can do it"Semester | 3 credit units

This course examines legal issues that are especially relevant to women, issues that range from abortion to employment discrimination. We will consider this set of issues because of their importance in themselves and as a means to illuminate the workings of government and politics. The course material will focus on three aspects of these issues: the content of major legal rules affecting women and the development of those rules over time; the forces that shape those legal rules; and the impact of those rules on the situations of women and on society generally. 


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Political Decision Making minor

Required course:

4120: U.S. Congress

U.S. Congress in sessionSemester | 3 credit units

Analysis of legislatures and legislators, with a focus on the U.S. Congress and some attention to state legislatures and representative assemblies in other countries.

GE soc sci orgs and polities course.


Elective courses: 

3115: Introduction to the Policy Process

someone highlighting the word policy

Semester | 3 credit units

This course provides students with an introductory overview of the policy-making process, paying particular attention to the actors who play a pivotal role in crafting public policies and the institutions through which they interact. Note that this is not a course on policy analysis. Rather, it is a course about the politics behind successful policy change (and the pitfalls of policy failure). The objective of the course is to encourage students to think like strategic political operatives, who can take idealistic policy goals and design strategies to translate these goals into law.


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Political Theory minor

Required course: 

2400: Introduction to Political Theory

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Semester | 3 credit units

Justice, it is said, requires giving people what they are due – but what exactly are people due? Does justice encompass freedom and equality, or are these often conflicting political values? If so, how do we trade them off against each other? How should a just state distribute the goods that we all need, such as rights and liberties, educational opportunities, and wealth? In addition to studying great philosophical answers to such questions, we will apply those answers to live debates about pressing political questions, for example, regulating sexual conduct, economic markets, affirmative action, environmental sustainability, immigration, and global justice.

GE soc sci orgs and polities course. SS Admis Cond course.


Elective courses: 

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.


5411: Justice, Sin, and Virtue: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

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Semester | 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). 

5414: Liberalism, Totalitarianism, and Empire: 20th Century Political Thought

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Semester | 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). 


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World Politics minor

Required course: 

2300: American Foreign Policy

President Obama shaking hands with a leader of a Middle Eastern Country.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.


Elective courses: 

4305: International Theory

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Semester | 3 credit units

‘International theory’ is concerned with theoretical reflection on the explanatory, ethical, and legal aspects of international politics.  In this course we will focus initially on the explanatory aspect, but with growing emphasis on ethics and law as the semester progresses.  Part I deals with the traditional problem of international life, of maintaining peace in an anarchic system among states relatively equal in power.  Part II calls the assumption of anarchy into question by looking at hierarchical structures in the international system between the North and South.  Part III addresses the rise of the individual as a subject of world politics, and especially the ethical challenges of global governance that this creates.  Throughout, an effort will be made to illustrate the relevance of theoretical debates for the real world, but in the end this is a course about ideas not information, and students will be evaluated accordingly. 


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.


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.


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


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.


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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