101 American National Government (SI) An introduction to the structure, institutions and processes of American government. Topics include an analysis of the system of American federalism, separation of powers, Congress, the Presidency, Supreme Court policy-making, elections and voting behavior, political parties and interest groups. Offered each semester.
102 International Politics (CH, G) A theoretical and historical basis for analyzing and understanding international politics. It does so by examining the major conceptual approaches to the study of war, peace, and the interactions of nations and states. The class seeks to place contemporary and historical events into a broader analytical context, and to understand the forces of change in the international system from a number of theoretical perspectives. Offered each semester.
103 Comparing Nations (SI) Compares the peoples, geography, political culture (attitudes and values of citizens), and government (structures, processes, and policymaking) across a range of countries in order to better understand how politics works. Offered annually.
104 Multiculturalism and its Critics (AV) Internationally, advocates of multiculturalism promote the cultural and religious interests of national minorities, immigrants, and dispersed communities within the nation state.This course focuses on liberal multiculturalism, which claims that individual rights are necessary but insufficient for the protection of minority group interests. Critics see tensions between multicultural protections and (1) national unity, (2) feminism, and (3) the liberal ideal of state neutrality. Offered annually.
200 American Political Cultures (U) This course examines the variations among and conflicts between the different “political cultures” in America. These include varying values, attitudes, beliefs and symbols.The course analyzes several “cultural clashes” over the public policy decisions of government. Offered every other year.
201 State and Local Government Analysis of the different structures and political cultures of state and local governments in the United States. Focus is on institutional structures, behavioral patterns and trends, public policies, and on the interplay of levels of government in a Federal system. Prerequisite: 101 or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.
213 Politics in the Former Soviet Union The collapse of communism in the Soviet Union resulted in the creation of fifteen independent successor states. These states are undergoing profound economic, social, and political transformations. In this course, we will examine the formation, development, and dissolution of the Soviet regime and compare paths of evolution of the Newly Independent States formed upon its demise using Russia as the central focus of our comparisons. Offered in alternate years.
214 Politics in China (CH, G) The highly-modified communist Chinese party-state as it adopts the competitive economic model. Institutions of the Party and the State civil rights problems, economic privatization and incentives policies, and the changing roles of the army, the regions and zones, private business, and institutions like education. For general education credit. Offered occasionally.
215 Politics in Developing Societies A study of emerging societies with marked problems evidenced in their political behavior and structures, cultural diffusion, unequally progressing systems, and international acts. Examples will include nations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America. Offered in alternate years.
216 Politics in Africa Examines trajectories of political and economic development in Africa. Considers the impact of colonialism on economic, social and cultural organization inAfrica, the nature of postcolonial African elites, and the sources of their power. Analyzes the politics of ‘development’ in Africa through African states’ relationship to international financial institutions. Offered in alternate years.
217 Politics and Society in Contemporary South Africa (G) This course examines South Africa’s transition from authoritarian apartheid rule to a democratic dispensation. It focuses on the legacies of apartheid and the characteristics of the liberation struggle; emerging political cultures; the design of new political institutions; the political economy of uneven development; the challenges of poverty and social reconstruction. Offered in alternate years.
218 European Politics: Between Integration and Disintegration (G) Course begins with examination of citizen values and their consequences in Europe. Through three papers and two exams students will evaluate issues such as the proper role of the state, minority rights versus cultural preservation, and the moral obligations of citizens. Offered in alternate years.
219 Post-Communism (CHC, G) This course examines the establishment, functioning, and collapse of the system of rule developed in the Soviet Union and exported worldwide. Focusing on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), we analyze the ways that general patterns of historical development, communist rule, and transition from communism interact with local conditions to produce widely different “transition pathways.” We seek to understand the causes of different transition outcomes and to critically examine the costs and benefits of post-communist transition. Offered in alternate years.
220 Women and Politics (SI, U) Analyzes the status of women in American political and social life. Emphasis is placed upon political participation, voting, and policies that affect women at home and in the workplace. This status is then compared with the status of women in other advanced industrial societies, developing and theocratic societies, and the communist and post-communist systems. Offered in alternate years.
230 The American Presidency This course surveys the American presidency from its founding, through the 19th century, to the redefining presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, to the current period. Several perspectives on understanding presidential power and factors determining success are explored. Particular attention is given to presidential relations with Congress and the courts. Recommended: political science 101. Offered in alternate years.
241 American Elections, Political Parties and Campaigns (SI) Designed to explore the idiosyncratic nature of the American electoral process and political party system. It includes an analysis of divergent political sub-cultures, public opinion, the impact of electoral structures or different “rules of the game,” electoral history, change, partisan realignment and the critical factors which affect individual voting decisions such as party identification, ideology, issues and candidate images. It will also examine political institutions in the era of modern “new style” election campaigns. Recommended: political science 101. Offered in alternate years.
250 Special Project Independent research under the supervision of a department faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of faculty supervisor prior to registration. Offered occasionally.
260 American Environmental Politics and Policy (SI) Basic introduction to the institutional and legal framework of contemporary American environmental policy and to environmental politics in the United States. Policy issues explored include water and air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, endangered species and wilderness preservation, energy development, growth management, and environmental justice. Offered in alternate years, fall semester.
270 Special Topics in Politics A periodic course dealing with political issues of current or unique interest.May be repeated once for credit if the topic is not repeated. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered occasionally.
280 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy Examines the controversies of a different public area each time offered (such as, but not limited to, civil rights, environment policy, health care, social welfare and urban policy). The historical evolution of the policies are examined as well as the contemporary controversies and problems.May be repeated once for credit if the topic is not repeated. Offered in alternate years.
281 American Social Policy (AV, U) This course surveys some major social programs in the U.S. Topics include Social Security, welfare, foodstamps, Medicare and Medicaid, housing assistance and homelessness, and affirmative action, among others. Students will examine the trade-off between federal and state roles, and the cultural and economic values the programs involve. Offered in alternate years.
301 Studies in Political Culture: The American South and the Politics of Race (U) Examines the distinctive political culture of the American South (its collective values, beliefs, history and demographic characteristics) and the central role of race in forming this uniqueness. Offered in alternate years.
302 Political Protest and Social Movements Through an examination of case studies and theoretical approaches, this course examines the politics of popular protest and rebellion. Topics include: resources and prerequisites for movement mobilization and success; the role of cultures/ ideologies in mobilization; changing protest ‘repertoires’ and tactics; ‘old’ and ‘new’ social movements; how state institutions structure the characteristics of social movements. Offered in alternate years.
303 International Law and Organizations The sources and nature of international law. Concern for current legal issues such as the use of force, human rights, war crimes, outer space, ecology, and international organizations, both general and economic.Case law course. Offered in alternate years.
307 Constitutional Law I: Judicial Review and Constitutional Interpretation The Constitution governs the relations between the executive branch and Congress and the federal government and the states. But is a Constitution more than a set of rules?; who has the ultimate authority to interpret it?; and how should it be done? With these questions, we interrogate the classic cases of Calder v. Bull,Marbury v.Madison,McCulloch v.Maryland, Missouri v.Holland, and Roe v.Wade among others. Offered in alternate years.
308 Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment and American Democracy (AV) What is the purpose of the First Amendment? Is it to promote democracy, individual expression, or an open marketplace of ideas? We use these three rationales to explore the Supreme Court’s case law beginning with Justice Holmes’ dissent in Abrams v.United States. Issues addressed include hate speech legislation, campaign finance reform, state regulation of television, and the advocacy of terrorism. Offered in alternate years.
315 Classical Political Thought: Democracy in Athens and America (IT,W) This course uses Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, the dialogues of Plato, and the plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes to examine the values and ideals of Athenian democracy. The American case is used to spur debate. Issues addressed include: the rules of war, realist and constructivist views of power, and the merits of democratic participation. Offered in alternate years.
316 Modern Political Thought: Liberalism, Religion, and the Nation State (IT,W) This class uses the defining texts of modern political theory—Hobbes’ Leviathan, Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, and Rousseau’s On the Social Contract—to develop a working definition of liberalism. Problems that plague the application of liberal principles are raised as we address the conundrum of voluntary servitude, the shifting basis of the social contract in consent and reason, the claim that property is a pre-political right, the distinction between negative and positive liberty, and the role of religion in public life. Offered in alternate years.
317 American Political Thought: Three Political Traditions (IT,W) American political ideals often express a liberal commitment to individual freedom, but a republican commitment to citizen independence and ascriptive commitments to particular ethnic and religious traditions have also characterized mainstream political ideology in the United States. This class assesses the claim that the liberal tradition dominates American politics. Offered annually.
318 Schools and Sects in the Study of Politics (IT) This seminar course covers many influential writings in political science in order to examine why we ask the questions we ask and why we tend to look for the types of evidence we often gather.We read these texts paying at least as much attention to the theoretical and epistemological approaches used as to the substance of the findings and conclusions. Several short papers are required. Offered in alternate years.
320 Latin American Politics This course compares the political systems of Central and South America.At the domestic level, the course reviews the theoretical debates of comparative politics and applies them to the nation states of the lower Western Hemisphere. The international dimension receives equal attention, with time devoted to issues such as regional security, economic integration, migration, and the expansion of NAFTA. Empirically, the course concentrates on several of the “newly-industrializing” countries such as Mexico and Brazil, as well as several of the smaller states of the Americas. Offered in alternate years.
325 Conflict Areas The focus will be on both the sources and the nature of conflict in the various areas of the Third World: Africa, Latin America, Asia. Offered in alternate years.
340 Public Opinion and Political Behavior Introduces students to the major themes in American public opinion and political behavior. Emphasis is given to the mechanics of opinion polling, political learning and opinion formation, media influences, connections between opinion and behavior, and linkages between public opinion and public policy. Offered in alternate years.
341 Congress and the Legislative Process This course introduces students to the contemporary U.S.Congress. Topics include explanations of how Congress organizes itself and the implications of those perspectives, and how Congress relates to the executive branch and the courts. Individual research projects allow examination of a topic of particular interest to a student. Prerequisite: political science 101. Offered in alternate years.
343 Parties and Legislatures (CSI,W) Through reading, writing, and simulation exercises, students will: (1) examine the historical emergence and evolution of political parties and legislatures and the original problems they were meant to address; (2) explore literature on the changing role of these national institutions in the face of globalization; and (3) examine the links between legislatures, parties, and the problem of making democracy work. Offered occasionally.
344 Psychological Perspectives on Politics The sub-discipline of political psychology draws on the insights of political scientists, social and cognitive psychologists, and behavioral economists. Topics addressed include the roles of affect and cognition in opinion formation, persuasion, framing effects in survey questions and political rhetoric, altruism, rationality, judgments under uncertainty and risk, and the use (and misuse) of heuristics. Offered in alternate years.
345 International Political Economy An examination of the ways in which the interplay between political and economic factors shape the global system. Prerequisite: political science 102 or economics 100 or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.
350 American Public Policy This course covers theories and practices of American policymaking. Competing theories of policymaking are examined to illustrate the difficulty of determining how public and institutional preferences are transmitted into policies. Topics include social welfare, immigration, gun control, and religion in public life, among others. Recommended: political science 101 or consent of instructor. Offered in alternate years.
360 Comparative Environmental Politics (SI,G) (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 360) An examination of how different political-economic systems shape the environmental policy process and impact the natural environment. This course considers how countries with different institutional configurations and ideological orientations respond to environmental problems and the efficacy of these efforts in combating environmental degradation. Issues addressed include the effect of party-structure, interest articulation, state-society relations, level of economic development, and type of economic system on environmental policy. Three types of countries are examined: industrialized (the United States and Germany), socialist/ post-socialist (Russia and China), and developing (India, Brazil, and Nigeria). Offered in alternate years, spring semester.
361 Globalization and the Environment (SI,G) (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 361) This course explores the implications for addressing global environmental problems in a world system still dominated by nation-states in the political sphere, but increasingly influenced by borderless Transnational Corporations (THNs) and Regional Trade Agreements in the economic sphere. Students are introduced to the politics behind efforts to deal with tropical deforestation, ozone depletion, global warming, loss of bio-diversity and the transnational transfer of hazardous wastes. They learn about important international environmental conferences held, key accords signed to date, and the various state and non-state actors involved in the international environmental policy process. Particular attention is given to elucidating the different positions of industrialized versus developing countries in international negotiations. Offered in alternate years, spring semester.
362 Cooperation in Environmental Policymaking: The Public-private Sector Nexus (Cross-listed as Political Science/ Environmental Studies 362) The course begins on campus surveying some of the theoretical and empirical issues of US environmental policy, followed by travel to a site where environmental policy is an active issue. Recent examples include the Appalachian mountain region, Georgia’s Chattooga River, and California’s Tuolumne River and the Navarro River Watershed. Offered in May Term.
365 Ethical Dilemmas in Environmental Politics (AV) (Cross-listed as Environmental Studies 365) Does humanism provide a coherent lens for evaluating environmental issues? If not, when should non-human needs trump human interests? How should humanist institutions like zoos, farms, and forest preserves be managed? Utilitarian, rights based, social contract, and holist theories will be used to debate these questions.Case studies focus on wilderness management, habitat restoration, and common property regimes. Offered in alternate years.
370 Advanced Special Topics in Politics An upper level course examining a specialized sub-field in the discipline. Examples include “Ethnic Nationalism,” “The American South and the Politics of Race,” and “Public Finance and Budgeting.” Students will be able to repeat the course if the subject is not duplicated. Prerequisite: any 100 level political science course. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered occasionally.
370 East Asian Security and Political Economy The primary goal of this course is to develop students' capacity in analyzing and explaining contemporary East Asian security and political economy. As such, it will examine critical issues, such as the security dilemma in East Asia, the rise of China, the challenge of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the regional security institution-building (e.g., ASEAN Regional Forum), the Sino-Japanese rivalry, the China-Taiwan impasse, the East Asian economic miracle, the Asian financial crisis, globalization, and East Asian regionalism. By linking theory and practice, it seeks to give students analytical tools to understand the challenges and opportunities that East Asian countries face and to predict the future dynamics of regional security and political economy. Offered occasionally.
392 Empirical Political Research An introduction to the logic, process and methodology of conducting empirical research in political science. It includes discussions of theory/ hypothesis and analysis. The latter often involves the use of statistics. However, the approach to statistical analysis in the course is upon how and why statistics are used to study political behavior and not upon memorizing particular formulas or mathematical proofs. Offered every spring.
395 Action Research Seminar (Cross-listed as Sociology 395) This seminar bridges theory and applied research in community action. The course introduces the student as scholar-citizen to the multiple ways of seeking information on communities and examining community issues.On teams with community partners and faculty, students develop action plans and implement research projects. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Offered each fall.
396 Internship Seminar Qualified students may arrange an action research project in consultation with a department member and a community partner. Visit the Career Center or the Action Research Center (ARC) website for potential projects. Requirements include a journal, demonstrated citizenship skills, attendance at a weekly workshop, a supervisor’s evaluation, and a formal project outcome.May be repeated for a total of two course units. Prerequisites: a learning contract and consent of instructor. Offered each semester.
397 Internship in Administration Qualified students may arrange work-study programs in consultation with a faculty member and a sponsor associated with a public agency, law firm, social service agency, the local branch of a non-profit or non-governmental agency. Requirements to be specified in the internship learning contract include a policy paper and either an oral presentation or journal. Offered each semester.
402 Advanced Studies in Politics A major original research project developed and implemented in consultation with a department faculty mentor. Particularly appropriate for qualified students seeking to graduate with Research Honors. Prerequisite: consent of faculty mentor prior to registration. Offered occasionally.
405 Theories of International Relations (W) Theoretical consideration of various issues in international relations: war, interdependence, decision-making, among others. Prerequisite: political science 102 or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.
415 Senior Seminar (W) Students must apply research skills and analytical reasoning acquired in earlier coursework (especially political science 392—Empirical Political Research) by conducting an original research project and orally presenting their results to their peers. Offered annually.