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POLITSC 1100: Introduction to American Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Introduction to American politics, the institutions and processes which create public policy, the strengths and weaknesses of the American political systems. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 3100 (300), 101, or 101H. This course is available for EM credit. GE soc sci orgs and polities course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course. SS Admis Cond course.

POLITSC 1165: Introduction to Politics

Session 2 | 3 credit units

Introduction to politics and political science: power, democracy and authoritarianism, political participation, the state, political institutions, subfields of the discipline, and political research methodology. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 165 or 165H. GE soc sci orgs and polities course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course. SS Admis Cond course.

POLITSC 1200: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Introduction to modern nation-states outside the United States: problems of state- and nation-building, representation, conflict, and making of government policy in selected countries. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 100 or 100H. This course is available for EM credit. GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity global studies course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 1300: Global Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Cooperation and conflict in world politics. Covers basic theories of international relations and key issues, including security, political economy, international organizations, and the environment. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 145 or 145H. GE soc sci human, nat, and econ resources and diversity global studies course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 2120: Follow the Science: The Politics of Health

Semester | 3 credit units

In the 20th Century, chronic conditions became the leading killers of Americans and the federal government came to play a much more expansive role in health, including the approval of treatments, regulation of harmful substances, promotion of healthy habits, and funding healthcare. Students will survey these developments and apply the resulting insights to contemporary health policy debates. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld and health and well-being course.

POLITSC 2150: Voters and Elections

1st & 2nd session | 3 credit units

Students will engage in an in-depth study of the mechanics of democracy. Students will take a close look at various forms of voting and representation around the world and examine the motivation and tactics of elite actors (candidates, reporters, interest groups, political parties, media personalities, etc.) and the voting public. GE soc sci indivs and groups course. GE theme citizenship for div and just wrld course.

POLITSC 2300: American Foreign Policy

Semester | 3 credit units

The role of the United States in world politics since the Second World War, emphasizing structural change in economic and political-military relations. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 245 or 245H. GE soc sci orgs and polities and diversity global studies course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 2400: Introduction to Political Theory

Semester | 3 credit units

An introduction to the field of political theory through classic and contemporary texts and selected case studies. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 210 or 210H. GE soc sci orgs and polities course.GE foundation social and behavioral sci course. SS Admis Cond course.

POLITSC 3002: Tradition, Progress, and Utopia

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines how different ways of thinking about social and political change 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 3500 or 4553 or 4553H; and Philos 3300; and Econ 3400 or IntStds 3400 or PolitSc 3780 or 3780H; and PolitSc 3280 or 4280 or 3380 or 4380 or 4381. Not open to students with credit for Econ 3002 or Philos 3002. Cross-listed in Econ and Philos.

POLITSC 3160: Political Polarization & the Culture War

Semester | 3 credit units

Course examines causes and implications of political polarization in the United States.

POLITSC 3170: Political Psychology

Semester | 3 credit units

Introduces students to political psychology, its development from parent disciplines, its topics and problems, its research results and methods, and their applications to current affairs. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 403 or Psych 403.

POLITSC 3191: Political Science Internship

2nd Session | 1 credit unit

Combines experience in political institutions or policy processes with analysis of that experience. Prereq: Permission of the department. Repeatable to a maximum of 4 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.

POLITSC 3220: Politics of the Developing World

Semester | 3 credit units 

A general introduction to the theoretical and substantive literature dealing with the historical development and contemporary characteristics of the new states of Asia and Africa. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 541. GE soc sci human, nat, and econ resources and diversity global studies course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 3240: Political Violence

Semester | 3 credit units

This course will expose students to major theoretical debates and broad empirical patterns of intrastate conflict during the post-World War II era.

POLITSC 3245: Radicalization, Deradicalization, Countering Violent Extremism

Semester | 3 credit units

Students will gain in-depth knowledge about the multifaceted processes of radicalization and deradicalization and the various approaches to both that have been developed in countering violent extremism policies.

POLITSC 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 to students with credit for 4380.

POLITSC 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.

POLITSC 3460: Global Justice

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines the idea of justice between states and among the people of the world. What would a just world look like? How should we live in our unjust world? Current debates about war, the environment, diversity and poverty will be considered.

POLITSC 3500: Political Games: Rational Choice Theory and the Study of Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Are political outcomes and institutions the result of decision-making by rational, self-interested political actors? This course explores how the assumption of individual rationality has shaped the field of political science.

POLITSC 3596: Nationalism and Ethnicity

Session 2 | 3 credit units

Explores socio-political identities, especially ethnicity and nationality, from a comparative perspective. Drawing upon theories from political science, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and economics, we will study the origins and characteristics of these identities, as well as their consequences for democracy, economic development, and violent conflict. GE soc sci indivs and groups and cross-disciplinary seminar course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 3780: Data Literacy and Data Visualization

Semester | 3 credit units

Introduction to the tools of data analysis in political science, with an emphasis on data visualization. GE data anly course. GE foundation math and quant reasoning or data anyl course.

POLITSC 3905: Political Manipulation

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines how political actors manipulate the rules and the salience and availability of information to shift political outcomes in their favor. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 577.

POLITSC 4127: Governing Urban America

Semester | 3 credit units

This course will examine the major problems facing urban communities in the 21st Century; the economic, social, and political forces that have historically shaped - and continue to influence - their development; the role of government in addressing urban problems; and the major participants and stakeholders in city politics. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 505.

POLITSC 4136: Civil Liberties

Semester | 3 credit units

An examination of civil liberties decisions by American courts, their legal and political bases, and their effects on government and society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 519.

POLITSC 4138: Women and the Law

Semester | 3 credit units

An examination of the legal status of women and the ways in which law affects the situation of women in American society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 514.

POLITSC 4139: Gun Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Examination of the arguments and issues surrounding gun control in the United States. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 518.

POLITSC 4150: American Political Parties

Semester | 3 credit units

Theories of political parties, party organization, individual voting behavior, nomination and electoral politics, the party in government. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 575. GE soc sci orgs and polities course. GE foundation social and behavioral sci course.

POLITSC 4164: Political Participation and Voting Behavior

Semester | 3 credit units

A study of political participation and its correlates, determinants of the vote decision, and analysis of recent American elections. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 574.

POLITSC 4191: Internship

Semester | 0-10 units of credit hours 

Combines experience in political institutions or policy processes with analysis of that experience in light of relevant scholarly literature. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs or 3 completions.

POLITSC 4200: Politics of Modern Democracies

Semester | 3 credit units

A survey of the basic institutions and politics of modern democracies, with emphasis on representativeness and democratic stability. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 535.

POLITSC 4218: Russian Politics

Semester | 3 credit units

Survey of the politics of Russia and the former soviet states with emphasis on democratization, economic reform, institutional development, elites, mass behavior, and ideology. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 533.

POLITSC 4282: The Politics of Income Inequality

Session 2 | 3 credit units

Introduces fundamental politics of income inequality and redistribution, including social policy development, redistributional policy differences between countries, and popularity of differing welfare programs. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 582.

POLITSC 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.

POLITSC 4315: International Security and the Causes of War

Semester | 3 credit units

Examines various issues regarding international conflict and cooperation, including theories of strategic interaction and the causes of war. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 544.

POLITSC 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. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 548.

POLITSC 4327: Politics in the Middle East

Semester | 3 credit units

Politics of Arab-Israeli relations, Persian Gulf, Islamic fundamentalism, and oil; processes of change and their effects on governments and international relations. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 546.

POLITSC 4332: Politics of Globalization

Semester | 3 credit units 

Examines globalization's origins, impacts on human welfare, and political conflicts that arise from it, including actions of governments, multinational corporations, and the anti-globalization movement. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 557.

POLITSC 4420H: Debating Democracy

Semester | 3 credit units

Intensive examination of theories of democracy, focusing on normative and descriptive dilemmas such as participation versus liberty in democratic societies. Prereq: Honors standing or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 565H.

POLITSC 4553H: Game Theory for Political Scientists

Semester | 3 credit units

Provides entry-level understanding of the basic concepts of game theory and how these concepts are applied to the study of political phenomena. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4553 (587).

POLITSC 4782: Data Analysis in Political Science II

Semester | 3 credit units

Covers advanced techniques for analyzing data in political science. Prereq: Math 1151 and 4781 (485), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 586.

POLITSC 4892: Topics in Comparative Politics

Session 2 | 3 credit units

Selected topics in comparative politics; topics vary by section and instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.

POLITSC 4920: Politics in Film and Television

Semester | 3 credit units

Political films and TV shows often convey an understanding of the political world. How films portray the political process may influence society's attitudes toward politicians and government. Students will compare the portrayal of politics in films and TV to the reality as understood through political science. This is not part of the Film Studies major and does not count toward requirements. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 4920H.

POLITSC 4998: Undergraduate Research in Political Science

Semester | 1-10 credit units

Undergraduate research in variable topics. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs or 10 completions. This course is graded S/U.

POLITSC 4999: Undergraduate Thesis Research

Semester and Session 2 | 2-4 credit units

Thesis research with thesis adviser. Minimum of two semesters required of candidates for BA with research distinction in political science. Must meet standards for graduation with research distinction. Prereq: Sr standing, and enrollment in PolitSc major, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.

POLITSC 4999H: Honors Thesis Research

Semester | 2-4 credit units

Honors thesis research with thesis adviser. Minimum of two semesters required of candidates for BA with distinction in political science. Prereq: Honors standing, and Sr standing, and enrollment in Political Science major, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.