Spring 2020 courses

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This page lists courses that will be offered during the Spring 2020 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.


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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.


3910: Identity Politics

Semester | 3 credit units    

Explores who controls the meaning of identity in society; examining identity from the perspective of liberal, sociological, and social psychological, structuralist, and institutionalist theories.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 547.


 

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.


 

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. 


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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.


 

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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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.


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. 


Legal Foundations of Society is a interdisciplinary minor. Please consult the program requirement sheet for more details for other courses offered outside of the Political Science Department.


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Political Decision Making minor

Required course:

No courses offered this semester.


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.


3910: Identity Politics

Semester | 3 credit units    

Explores who controls the meaning of identity in society; examining identity from the perspective of liberal, sociological, and social psychological, structuralist, and institutionalist theories.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 547.


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.


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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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.


4465: Feminist Political Theory

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines concepts in feminist political theory including the articulation of feminism, the subjects of feminist theory, the relation of race, class and sexuality to gender experience, and the use of feminist theory to transform conceptions of justice.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for WGSSt 4465. Cross-listed in WGSSt.


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

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WWII
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.


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.


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.


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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