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POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE CATALOG

Undergraduate Courses:

Introductory Courses, American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory, Special Courses

Graduate Courses:

Core Seminars, Research Seminars, Special Graduate Courses

 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

2201. American Politics 3 sem. hrs. Problems of organizing and using governmental power at the national level. The principles of the U.S. Constitution. The Presidency, Congress and the federal judiciary. Public opinion, elections, political parties and interest groups. Issues of public policy. Offered every semester.

Faculty teaching this course:

Julia Azari | Syllabus

Karen Hoffman | Syllabus

Mary Kazmierczak | Syllabus

John McAdams | Syllabus

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus
McGee Young | Syllabus

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

2401. Comparative Politics 3 sem. hrs. Types of government, ranging from democratic to totalitarian. The parliamentary alternative to presidential democracy. Political modernization and revolution. Offered every semester.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus
Susan Giaimo | Syllabus

Mary Kazmierczak | Syllabus
Barrett McCormick | Syllabus
Duane Swank | Syllabus

2601. International Politics 3 sem. hrs. Patterns of interaction among nations and subnational and supranational entities. Cooperation and conflict. National interest, elements of power and war. Morality and human rights issues; economic, environmental, and resource issues in world politics. Recent developments and their impact. Offered every semester.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus
Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus
H. Richard Friman | Syllabus

Mary Kazmierczak | Syllabus

2801. Justice and Power 3 sem. hrs. The debate between ancients and moderns about the fundamental elements of political life; as seen in works by Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. Should be taken by POSC majors during sophomore year. Offered every semester.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus
Ryan Hanley | Syllabus

 

GROUP I: AMERICAN POLITICS

2201. American Politics 3 sem. hrs. Course description listed under Introductory Courses.

4201. The United States Congress 3 sem. hrs. Membership, legislative process, and internal distribution of power in the U.S. Congress. Congressional relationships with the presidency, executive bureaucracy, interest groups, and public. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Julia Azari | Syllabus

Karen Hoffman | Syllabus

4211. The United States Presidency 3 sem. hrs. The evolution and contemporary status of the American presidency. Presidential elections, policy-making, advisory systems, and relationships with Congress, the bureaucracy, and the courts. Problems and techniques of decision-making. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Julia Azari | Syllabus

4212. American Political Parties 3 sem. hrs. Examines the nature and development of American political parties. Traces continuity and change in the American party system beginning in the early Republic, assessing the rise and fall of the Whigs, the dynamic between machine politics and progressive reform, and the shifts in party ideas and policy stances that inform contemporary political debates. The question of ideological change in American political parties is further explored by contemporary work on factions, polarization, and culture war. From an institutional perspective, the course will assess changes to the parties as organizations in the wake of reforms to the candidate selection process. Finally, students will engage with the question of how American political parties compare to their counterparts in other advanced industrial democracies. Prereq: POSC or Jr. stndg.

4213. Elections, Public Opinion and Participation 3 sem. hrs. Covers explanations for political behavior at the individual, group, and national levels. Begins with an examination of public opinion and political attitudes, followed by questions about voter turnout, political participation, and theories of voter choice. Culminates in a unit exploring perspective on how to explain and interpret election outcomes. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

John McAdams | Syllabus

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

4216. American Public Policy 3 sem. hrs. U.S. domestic policy with special attention to the politics of national policy in the areas of the economy, social welfare, and the environment. The stages of the policy process: agenda-building, formation, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

John McAdams | Syllabus

4221. Interest Group Politics 3 sem. hrs. How groups are organized around particular economic interests and political preferences in order to influence policy-making institutions. The internal incentive structure of political organizations, including business, professional, trade union, and "public interest" groups. Functions of, and biases inherent in, the group process. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

4231. Political Organizations 3 sem. hrs. Political parties, social movements, interest groups, and civic associations. How citizens organize themselves to participate in the political process. How democratic institutions resolve the tension between individual citizenship and collective action. This course explores theories of mobilization, questions of influence and explanations for political success. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

4241. Constitutional Law 3 sem. hrs. Development of American constitutional law in the areas of judicial power, separation of powers, the presidency, state and national regulation of commerce, the taxing and spending power, and the rise and decline of due-process property rights. Same as CRLS 3241. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

4251. Civil Liberties 3 sem. hrs. Development of American constitutional law in the areas of criminal defendants' rights, freedom of speech and religion, equal protection of the laws, and noneconomic due-process rights. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

4261. Problems in Civil Liberties: Free Speech 3 sem. hrs. Examines the constitutional principle of free speech through a close study of the major Supreme Court precedents and traces the foundations of competing legal positions to their roots in varying works of political philosophy. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2201; or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

4271. Problems in Civil Liberties: Privacy 3 sem. hrs. Examines the constitutional principle of privacy through a close study of the major Supreme Court precedents and traces the foundations of competing legal positions to their roots in varying works of political philosophy. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2201; or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

4281. Urban Public Policy 3 sem. hrs. Conditions in American cities and the extent to which they can be improved by political activity. Race relations, ethnicity and class and their effects on housing, education and income. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

4291. Urban Politics 3 sem. hrs. Urban governmental structures and techniques of gaining power in urban areas. The role of elected and appointed officials, political parties, economic elites, neighborhood organizations, and ethnic groups in urban politics. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

4321. Business and Politics 3 sem. hrs. Business participation in the policymaking process; business as a political actor; the regulation of business; political influence of business; constraints on business power; business politics in historical perspective. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

4331. Politics and Regulation 3 sem. hrs. Economic and social regulation in America. Why we have regulations. Who is regulated. Who does the regulating. What the consequences of regulation are. Primary focus on business regulation and related topics. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young

4341. Politics of American Capitalism 3 sem. hrs. Political economy of U.S. history. Individuals, firms, and business associations and their role in politics. Economic development and conflict as sources of political change. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

4346. The American Civil War 3 sem. hrs. Study of the American Civil War focusing on primary source material relating to three areas of constitutional controversy: nullification & secession, tariffs, and the status of slavery.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

4361. Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3 sem. hrs. The role of African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, white ethnics, American Indians, and women in shaping American politics through elections, political parties, and public office. The nature and impact of political organizations representing these groups. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Janet Boles (retired)|

4366. Religion and Politics 3 sem. hrs. Religion and politics in contemporary America. The historic patterns and current interactions of religious movements, denominations, and individuals involved in American politics. Specific attention given to the rationales used for religious involvement in politics, the types of political behavior employed, and the consequences of that behavior. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet (retired) | Syllabus

4371. Media and Politics in the United States 3 sem. hrs. Explores role and power of media in American political system; history and development of national press, including court interpretations of freedom of the press; quality and impact of political reporting, with emphasis on election coverage; and media’s relationships with other political actors. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Karen Hoffman | Syllabus

4376. National Security Policy 3 sem. hrs. Defense policy processes in the United States; issues in defense decision-making, including the roles of the public, interest groups, Congress, the President, and executive agencies, with emphasis on the defense establishment; U.S. strategic doctrines since World War II; budgeting; civil-military relations. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus
Risa Brooks | Syllabus

 

GROUP II: COMPARATIVE POLITICS

2401. Comparative Politics 3 sem. hrs. Course description listed under Introductory Courses.

4406. Public Policy in Industrial Democracies 3 sem. hrs. Politics of public policies in democratic political systems, with special attention to North America, Western Europe, and Japan. Alternative theoretical perspectives on the problem of social choice in democracies. Problems and policies in the areas of the economy, education, health, welfare, and the environment. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Duane Swank | Syllabus
Susan Giaimo | Syllabus

4411. Politics, Economics, and Democracy 3 sem. hrs. The relationship between capitalism and democracy. The impact of economic factors on politics. The political consequences of the organization and power of private business. The impact of democratic politics and political institutions on economic actors and performance in capitalist democracies. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Duane Swank | Syllabus

4421. Democracy, Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism 3 sem. hrs. Three "ideal types" of political systems, and their manifestations in countries at different points in time. Topics include power, legitimacy, ruling elites, institution and economics. Examination of political system change through coup, revolution and peaceful transition. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Sr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

4431. Modern Revolutions 3 sem. hrs. Types and causes of revolutions. Modern case studies. The American, French, Russian, German and selected "Third World"; revolutions, with attention to ideas, institutions, socio-economic conditions, and the nature of actual changes. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet (retired) | Syllabus

4441. Designing Liberal Democracy 3 sem. hrs. Exploring liberal democracy in theory and practice, especially as concerns emerging democracies in the developing world. Includes consideration of the impact of economic development, ethnicity, language, legacies of colonialism and/or indigenous political organization, internal democracy, corruption, strategic location and institutional design. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

4501. European Politics 3 sem. hrs. Nationalism and European identity; evolution of executive and legislative institutions; political parties; ongoing changes in the welfare state and state socialism; transformation of class structure; the challenge of post-industrial society. Include both Eastern and Western Europe. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Susan Giaimo | Syllabus
Duane Swank | Syllabus

4511. Russian and Post-Soviet Politics 3 sem. hrs. Developments in Russia and the other countries which emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Brief coverage of tsarist and Soviet politics, with a particular emphasis on reasons for the USSR 's collapse and Soviet legacies, followed by an overview of domestic and international politics of the region. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

4521. Chinese Politics 3 sem. hrs. Origins of the Chinese Revolution, political change and conflict in post-1949 China, and the contemporary political system and political developments. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

4531. Japanese and Korean Politics 3 sem. hrs. Political culture, unique patterns of modernization, and the contemporary political system in Japan and the two Koreas. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

4541. Latin American Politics 3 sem. hrs. Government and politics in major Latin American countries. The politics of social change and development, seizures of power and rule by the military, and the role of external factors. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet (retired) | Syllabus

4551. Politics of the Indian Subcontinent 3 sem. hrs. The British in India; the Indian nationalist movement and the Hindu- Muslim struggle; political systems in India and Pakistan; the creation of Bangladesh; linguistic, economic, and social issues in South Asia. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

4561. Politics of the Developing World 3 sem. hrs. Politics of agricultural development, industrialization, military intervention, and social and cultural conflict in Third World Countries. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2401 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet | Syllabus
Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

 

GROUP III: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

2601. International Politics 3 sem. hrs. Course description listed under Introductory Courses.

4601. International Law 3 sem. hrs. Law among states in peace and war. Historical background and political foundations of international law. The influence of judicial decisions, international courts and organizations, treaties, and practices of states upon the growing body of international law. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Dong Wook Kim | Syllabus

4611. International Organization 3 sem. hrs. Development and characteristics of international organizations. Functions of the League of Nations, the United Nations, and other organizations. Major contributions to international peace. Main political and legal problems. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Dong Wook Kim | Syllabus

4621. Politics of the World Economy 3 sem. hrs. Political and economic dynamics of the world economy; historical and theoretical roots; international trade and monetary relations and the impact of hegemony, interdependence, regimes, and domestic politics; trade, debt, multinational corporations, and the dynamics of dependency and development; communism, capitalism, and change. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus
Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

4631. World Conflict and Security 3 sem. hrs. Classical and contemporary theories of war and peace; just and unjust wars; principles of strategic analysis, arms control, and security policy-making; the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The international trade in arms; nationalism, ethnic conflict, and wars of secession. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Risa Brooks | Syllabus

4641. Politics of the Illicit Global Economy 3 sem. hrs. Political and economic dynamics of the illicit dimension of the global economy; historical and theoretical roots; state efforts to control illicit flows of goods and services including drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal migration, traffic in women and children, money laundering; exploration of transnational organized crime as a challenge to state power. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus

4661. The Political Economy of Development 3 sem. hrs. Introduces students to the interaction between politics and economics in developing countries by examining political and economic development (and underdevelopment) through the lenses of the
principal theoretical debates and substantive issues. Areas of inquiry include the general theories that underpin the study of the processes of economic and political reform, the roles of international and domestic institutions, and the influence of private interests including business, labor and civil society organizations. Substantive issues include poverty, conflict, human rights, foreign aid, investment and environment. Offered occasionally. Prereq: ECON 2004 and either POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

4701. United States Foreign Policy 3 sem. hrs. Objectives of American foreign policy. Problems facing the United States in its relations with other countries. Trade, aid, propaganda and alliances as instruments of foreign policy. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Karen Hoffman | Syallbus

4711. International Politics of Europe 3 sem. hrs. Evolution of the post-war settlement in Europe. Western European and Eastern European integration, relations between Western and Eastern Europe, Europe and the superpowers, French-German and intra-German relations, Europe and the Third World, European security issues. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

4721. International Politics of the Middle East 3 sem. hrs. Historical and religious background of Middle East politics; comparative ideologies and political systems in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli relations; Persian Gulf politics; politics in the Maghreb; great power interests in the region. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Risa Brooks | Syllabus

4731. International Politics of Asia 3 sem. hrs. Principal patterns and problems of international politics in Asia, including international political economy, development and security issues, and the impact of global trends. Regional focus varies with instructor. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2401 or 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

4741. United States-Latin American Relations 3 sem. hrs. United States response to reform and revolutionary movements and governments in Latin America . The politics of trade, foreign investment, foreign assistance, and human rights. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2601 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet (retired) | Syllabus

 

GROUP IV: POLITICAL THEORY

2801. Justice and Power 3 sem. hrs. Course description listed under Introductory Courses.

4811. The Best Constitution 3 sem. hrs. What is the best constitution? The purposes, organizational principles, social bases, problems, and relative merits of ancient and modern types of kingship, tyranny, aristocracy, oligarchy, and democracy. Authors such as Xenophon, Aristotle, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

4812. Ethics and Politics 3 sem. hrs. What is the true measure of a better life? Is the human good to be found chiefly in enjoying pleasure, in winning honor, or in
contemplating truth? Is moral virtue a necessary condition of living well, or can standards of justice sometimes be compromised to allow citizens to partake more fully in the good life? Just what is virtue and how might it be fostered?  Authors such as Plato, Aristotle and Machiavelli.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

4813. Nietzsche and Christianity 3 sem. hrs. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the
philosophical, artistic, and social pathologies of modernity, including his assertion of the “will to power” and “eternal return” as well as the challenge to Nietzschean atheism present in Christian orthodoxy as elaborated by G.K. Chesterton and Josef Pieper.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

4821. Democracy and Its Problems 3 sem. hrs. Do democracies inevitably destroy themselves after a few decades or centuries, or can measures be taken to preserve them for longer periods? What factors affect their stability? Authors such as Thucydides, Machiavelli, "Publius," Tocqueville, and selected contemporaries. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

4841. Enlightenment Political Thought 3 sem. hrs. The Enlightenment's contribution to modern doctrines of individual rights, representative government, popular sovereignty, free enterprise, religious toleration, and freedom of speech. Authors such as Locke, Voltaire, Hume, Publius, Rousseau and Burke. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Ryan Hanley | Syllabus

4851. Karl Marx 3 sem. hrs. Primary works on freedom and alienation, history, capitalism, revolution, and socialism that have inspired Marxist movements. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet | Syllabus

4861. Political Philosophy of Capitalism 3 sem. hrs. The Political Philosophy of Capitalism 3 sem. hrs. Political philosophy from the Enlightenment to 20th century on the questions: Is capitalism just or unjust? Does capitalism promote or inhibit virtue? What is the proper relationship between politics and economics generally?Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Ryan Hanley | Syllabus

4871. Politics of Literature 3 sem. hrs. Great novelists of the past two centuries have offered important analyses of the grounds of order and the causes of disorder in human affairs. Achebe, Bellow, Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Mann, and Solzhenitsyn are among the writers selected for study. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Ryan Hanley | Syllabus

4881. Postmodern Politics 3 sem. hrs. Nietzsche and the thinkers following in his wake who have tried to create a postmodern world. Offered every two years. Prereq: POSC 2801 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Ryan Hanley | Syllabus

 

SPECIAL COURSES

3953. Undergraduate Seminar 3 sem. hrs. Designed to initiate a selected group of qualified undergraduates in the techniques and discipline of scholarly research by concentrated work in a restricted field. Students pursue course reading in preparation of reports, while working under close supervision of a professor. Course intended primarily for Political Science majors, but other qualified students may apply. Specific subjects of seminars to be announced in the Timetable of Classes. Offered occasionally. Prereq: Jr. stndg. and cons. of instr.

4191. The Logic of Social Inquiry: The Kennedy Assassination 3 sem. hrs. The Kennedy Assassination. The question of who killed President John F. Kennedy, and whether there was a conspiracy. The physical evidence; eyewitness testimony; Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and suspected conspirators. The logic of social inquiry, and how we can approach "conspiracy" as an hypothesis to be tested. Offered annually. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

John McAdams | Syllabus

4195. Politics of the Internet 3 sem. hrs. The origins and growth of the Internet. Legal and regulatory dilemmas posed by the Internet. The impact of the Internet on politics, society and economics. Offered occasionally. Prereq: POSC 2201 or Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

4931. Topics in Political Science 2-3 sem. hrs. Lectures and discussion in a broad area which, because of its topicality, is not the subject of a regular course. May be taken a maximum of three times. Offered occasionally. Prereq: Jr. stndg.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Politics of Culture
Darrell Dobbs | City and Civility in Shakespeare

Susan Giaimo | Comparative Health Politics and Policy
Ryan Hanley | Enlightenment Political Thought
Duane Swank | Globalization and the Nation State

Amber Wichowsky | Field Research in Political Science

McGee Young | Environmental Politics

Karen Hoffman | Internships

Paul Nolette | Syllabus

4986. Internship in Politics 1-4 sem. hrs. Practical learning experience in politics. Evaluation will require the student to relate the experience to literature on the subject. Arrangements to be worked out by student, faculty member and agency concerned. Normally may be taken once. A second internship may be taken in Washington, with permission of department chair or director of Les Aspin Center for Government. Second internships will count toward university elective credit, but not toward the political science major or minor. The 4-credit section is limited to students in the Washington Program. Offered every semester. Prereq: POSC 2201 or jr. stndg; 2.5 MU QPA; and cons. of dept. ch. and cons. of instr.

4995. Independent Study 1-3 sem. hrs. Offered every semester. Prereq: Jr. or Sr. stndg. and cons. of dept. ch. and cons. of instr.

4996. Senior Experience in Political Science 3 sem. hrs. The Senior Experience requirement applies to all students who are seeking a B.A. degree in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Topics vary annually; course descriptions are available in the Political Science Department office or on the Political Science Department website. Offered every semester. Prereq: Sr. stndg., enrolled in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

4999. Senior Thesis 3 sem. hrs. Preparation of a thesis by approved students under the direction of an adviser. Offered every semester. Prereq: Sr. stndg., cons. of dept. ch., and three sem. hrs. of POSC 4995 (may be taken concurrently).

 

GRADUATE COURSES

 

CORE SEMINARS AND RESEARCH METHODS

6101. Contemporary Political Research 3 sem. hrs. Approaches to the scientific study of politics; data-collection techniques; case studies, the comparative method, statistical analysis. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Julia Azari | Syllabus

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

6201. American Politics 3 sem. hrs. The development of the field of American politics. Currently used concepts and approaches. Extensive reading, short papers, and discussion. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

John McAdams | Syllabus

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

6401. Comparative Politics 3 sem. hrs. The development of the field of comparative politics. Currently used concepts and approaches. Extensive reading, short papers, and discussion. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Susan Giaimo | Syllabus
Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

6601. International Politics 3 sem. hrs. The development of the field of international politics. Currently used concepts and approaches. Extensive reading, short papers, and discussion. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus
Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

6801. Political Philosophy 3 sem. hrs. Selected classics and commentaries in Western political philosophy. Extensive reading, oral presentation, short papers. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Darrell Dobbs | Syllabus

 

RESEARCH SEMINARS

6211. Congress and the Presidency 3 sem. hrs. Examination of major literature, theories and concepts used to understand the relationship between the Congress and the presidency. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Julia Azari | Syllabus

6213. Elections and Voters 3 sem. hrs. Why voters vote the way they do, including policy preferences, partisanship, and retrospective assessments. The dynamics of elections including the role of the media, other elites, money, and interest groups. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

John McAdams | Syllabus

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

6221. Interest Groups 3 sem. hrs. How various kinds of organizations attempt to exercise political influence, including the use of incentives to attract members, lobbying, attempts to influence public opinion, involvement in electoral politics, and litigation. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

6361. Women and Public Policy 3 sem. hrs. The development of public policies to advance the status of women throughout U.S. history, with an emphasis on 1961 to date. The role of women's groups and social movements. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Amber Wichowsky | Syllabus

6411. Comparative Political Economy of Advanced Industrial Societies 3 sem. hrs. The relationships between capitalism and democracy. The impact of economics on the development and operation of democratic institutions, political behavior, and public policy. The impact of politics on economic development, performance, and policy. The political economy of the welfare state. The transition to postindustrial society. Globalization and the democratic nation state. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Duane Swank | Syllabus

6421. Political Economy of East Asia 3 sem. hrs. Considers topics in the Political Economy of East Asia such as the rise of Japan and the Four Tigers, the Japanese economy in the 1990s, the East Asian Financial Crisis, the reform of the Chinese economy, economic relations among the East Asian Countries, and the relationship between East Asian economies and the world economy. These topics are considered in light of various theories of political economy and theories of political economy are evaluated in light of developments in East Asia. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

6441. Comparative Nationalism 3 sem. hrs. Definitions of nation and nationalism; causes of nationalism; nationalism and democracy; modern nationalism in Europe, Asia, and Africa . Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

6446. Comparative Democratization 3 sem. hrs. Definitions of democracy and democratization; causes of regime transition and consolidation; market economics and democracy. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

6461. Politics of Development 3 sem. hrs. The interplay between economic growth and the development of political institutions and practices, looking at both the historical experiences of advanced industrial societies and those of developing countries currently attempting to expand the capabilities of both their economies and their political institutions. Emphasis on the political factors and conditions on which economic development depends, and on how such growth and expansion in turn affect the political order. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Michael Fleet (retired) | Syllabus

6501. European Politics 3 sem. hrs. The evolution of the European nation state system. The origins, evolution, and transformation of electoral and party systems, modes of interest representation, and national political institutions. The ascent and crisis of the Keynesian welfare state. Variations in national models of capitalism and their impacts on politics. The evolution and contemporary politics of European integration. Globalization and European political economies. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

Duane Swank | Syllabus

6521. Chinese Politics 3 sem. hrs. China's problems and prospects. Economic and political reforms. International relations. An overview and history of relevant literature. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

6621. International Political Economy 3 sem. hrs. The development of the study of international political economy. Currently used concepts and approaches. Extensive reading, short papers, and discussion. Offered alternate years.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus

6631. International Security 3 sem. hrs. Covers the theories, concepts, and issues underlying conflict and security in the contemporary world. It will include classical and modern perspectives on war and peace, the sources and causes of civil wars and regional conflict, and the prospects for arms control and world peace-keeping operations. Students will be expected to write a research paper on a selected topic concerning contemporary international security. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Risa Brooks | Syllabus

6641. Globalism and Crime 3 sem. hrs. Theories of globalization, state sovereignty; and transnational organized crime; politics of gray and black markets; spatial dimensions of transshipment, global cities; organized crime and state power; intersection of public and private authority in managing transborder flows; drug trafficking, money laundering, and migrant smuggling and trafficking are among the subjects explored. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

H. Richard Friman | Syllabus

6651. International Human Rights 3 sem. hrs. The development of international human rights; measures to promote and protect human rights at the global and regional levels. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Dong Wook Kim | Syllabus

6701. U.S. Foreign Policy 3 sem. hrs. Policies of the United States toward other nations; policy formation. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Risa Brooks | Syllabus

Karen Hoffman | Syllabus

6731. International Politics of Asia 3 sem. hrs. Security issues among Asian states. The political economy of Asia. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Barrett McCormick | Syllabus

6954. Research Seminar in American Politics 3 sem. hrs. Student research in a broad area of American politics. Potential topics include but are not limited to: metropolitan politics, the American political economy in comparative perspective, and problems in civil liberties. May be taken more than once. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

McGee Young | Syllabus

Amber Wichovsky | Syllabus

6956. Research Seminar in Comparative Politics 3 sem. hrs. Student research in comparative politics. Seminars will focus on traditional comparative politics or contemporary problems. May be taken more than once. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Lowell Barrington | Syllabus

Susan Giaimo | Syllabus

Duane Swank | Syllabus

6958. Research Seminar in International Politics 3 sem. hrs. Student research in international politics. Seminars will focus on traditional international topics of international politics or contemporary problems. Seminar topics may include Japanese and German Foreign Policy. May be taken more than once. Offered occasionally.

Faculty teaching this course:

Jeffrey Drope | Syllabus

6960. Research Seminar in Political Philosophy 3 sem. hrs. Student research in a broad area of political philosophy. Seminars will focus on individual thinkers (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Rousseau) or on contemporary problems. May be taken more than once. Offered alternate years.

 

SPECIAL GRADUATE COURSES

6986. Internship in Political Science 1-3 sem. hrs. Offered every semester.

6995. Independent Study 1-4 sem. hrs. Offered every semester.

6999. Master's Thesis 1-6 sem. hrs. Offered every semester.

9970. Grad Standing -- Less Than Half Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9974. Grad Fellowship -- Full Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9975. Grad Assistant Teaching -- Full Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9976. Grad Assistant Research -- Full Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.

9984. Master's Comp Exam Prep -- Less Than Half Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grading Assignment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9985. Master's Comp Exam Prep -- Half Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9986. Master's Comp Exam Prep -- Full Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9994. Thesis -- Less Than Half Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.

9995. Thesis -- Half Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.


9996. Thesis -- Full Time 0 sem. hrs. Fee. S/U grade assessment. Offered every semester. Prereq: Consent of grad program director.



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