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Course Schedule for POLITICAL SCIENCE - Fall 2017
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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3506 POLS-102-01 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Chambers,Stefanie TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: This section is methodologically focused
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
3507 POLS-102-02 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Chambers,Stefanie TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: This section is methodologically focused
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  How do the institutions of American national government shape our politics and policies? This introductory course examines the nation’s founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Federalist Papers), the goals they sought to achieve, and the institutional framework they established (including Congress, the Presidency, and the courts). It then evaluates the extent to which these institutions achieve their intended aims of representing interests and producing public goods, taking into account the role of parties, interests groups, and the media. Throughout the course, we will attend to the relevance of race, class, religion, and gender. We will draw on the example of the 2012 presidential election and other current events to illustrate the functioning of American government and politics.
2069 POLS-103-01 Intro Compar Politics 1.00 LEC Messina,Anthony M. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: This section of POLS 103 is methodologically focused.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  This course introduces the study of comparative politics which is a subfield of political science. More specifically, it introduces many of the key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been adopted in comparative politics and surveys the political institutions and politics of select foreign countries. Students of comparative politics primarily focus on the political processes and institutions within countries (whereas students of international relations primarily, but not exclusively, study interactions among countries). Inspired by current world events and puzzles, comparativists investigate such major questions as: Why are some countries or regions more democratic than others? How do different countries organize their politics, i.e., how and why do their political party systems, electoral rules, governmental institutions, etc. differ?
3508 POLS-104-01 Intro Intl Relations 1.00 LEC Lefebvre,Thomas X. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: This section is methodologically focused
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats for sophomores, and 5 seats for juniors who have declared a POLS major. No seniors unless by Instructor Permission.
  This course offers an introduction to international relations (IR), addressing fundamental questions in the fields of international security, international political economy, and international law & organization. We learn about the leading theoretical perspectives in political science-Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism-as well as a range of alternatives rooted in domestic politics, political psychology, postmodernism, Marxism, and feminism. The course serves as a foundational introduction to the IR subfield, with equal emphasis on substantive issues and theoretical concerns.
3509 POLS-219-01 History of Pol Thought I 1.00 LEC Dudas,Mary J. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course provides the historical background to the development of Western political thought from Greek antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Readings from primary sources (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, etc.) will help the students to comprehend the foundations of Western political philosophy and the continuity of tradition.
3510 POLS-238-01 Prisons and Justice in America 1.00 LEC Terwiel,Anna TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 for sophomores, 5 for junior Political Science majors. No seniors may enroll without instructor permission
  This political theory course examines prisons and justice in the US. We will pursue two large questions: How did the prison come to exemplify criminal justice? And how does mass incarceration affect our understanding of the US as a liberal democracy? We will examine the theoretical underpinnings of the prison in rights discourse; the prison’s productive role in shaping conceptions of freedom and citizenship; and its relation to racism, biopower, and neoliberalism. We will also consider alternative visions of criminal justice: abolition democracy and restorative and transformative justice. Readings will include work by John Locke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Michel Foucault, Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Philip Pettit, and Andrew Dilts.
3511 POLS-242-01 Pol Sci Research Methods 1.00 LEC Laws,Serena MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Why do people participate in politics? Which government policies best serve the public good? What prevents wars between nations? Political scientists employ a toolbox of research methods to investigate these and other fundamental questions. By learning the strengths and weaknesses of various qualitative and quantitative methods, students in this course will identify how best to answer the political questions about which they feel most passionate. They will apply these practical skills in assignments that ask them observe, analyze, and report on political phenomena. Research skills will include field observation, interviewing, comparative case studies, and data analysis using statistical software. No previous statistical or programming experience is necessary.
3499 POLS-265-01 Understand Conflict in Africa 1.00 LEC Kamola,Isaac A. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 for sophomores, 5 for junior Political Science majors. No seniors without instructor permission
  Many Americans claim to know certain truths about Africa when, in reality, such understandings rely heavily upon ahistorical representations of the continent. In recent decades, the portrayal of Africa as conflict-prone and violent has become the predominant way of "knowing" Africa . This course disarms such limited understandings by engaging, historicizing, and contextualizing political violence in Africa. The course starts with recent conflicts, including wars in Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, and Libya. We then situate these conflicts within the legacy of colonialism, the Cold War, and the contemporary reorganization of the world economy. The class concludes by debating possible solutions, including foreign intervention (peacekeeping, AFRICOM, the International Criminal Court) as well as responses crafted by African-led organizations and movements (ECOWAS, African Union, and Arab Spring).
2334 POLS-301-01 American Political Parties 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 102.
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  An analysis of American political parties, including a study of voting behavior, party organization and leadership, and recent and proposed reforms and proposals for reorganization of existing party structures.
3512 POLS-307-01 Constitutionl Powr/Civil Rghts 1.00 SEM McMahon,Kevin J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused
  An analysis and evaluation of US Supreme Court decision-making with a focus on judicial review; federalism and the regulation of the economy and morality; equal protection and the evolving concept of democracy; and presidential powers.
3513 POLS-313-01 Nationl & Europ Forgn Policies 1.00 LEC Lefebvre,Thomas X. MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will investigate the relationship between European Union member states and EU foreign policy. It will question how EU member states reconcile their independent foreign policies with their membership in the European Union as well as their relationship with NATO. Students will have the opportunity to assess to what extent EU member states have Europeanized their foreign affairs policies in order to build a more coherent Common Security and Defense Policy (CDSP).
3514 POLS-322-01 Intl Political Economy 1.00 LEC Kamola,Isaac A. MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course examines the interplay of politics and economics in the current world system since the European expansion in the 16th century. Focus will be on the penetration and colonization of Latin America, Asia, and Africa; economic relations in the industrialized world and between the north and the south; the role of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; the role of international trade and transnational corporations; the changing division of labor in the world economy; and current problems of the world economy.
3515 POLS-332-01 Understanding Civil Conflict 1.00 SEM Carbonetti,Benjamin C. TR: 9:30AM-10:45AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  This course surveys the many causes and consequences of civil conflict and civil war. Major themes of the course include ethnic fractionalization, natural resources, climate change, colonial legacies, institutional design, globalization, intervention, international efforts in state building, gendered violence, and human rights. The course also examines the different theoretical and methodological approaches to studying civil conflict.
3516 POLS-345-01 Debt and American Citizenship 1.00 SEM Laws,Serena MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: This course is only open to sophomores and juniors
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  This course considers the connections between debt and American citizenship, historically and in the present. We begin by examining the important role of debt in the form of indentured servitude as a key means for populating the American colonies. We then explore the gradual transformation of debt from a highly stigmatized condition to a routine part of life for most Americans through home mortgages, student loans and credit card debt. We consider how debt has been associated with decreased status-from debtors' prisons to low credit scores-yet also linked to creating opportunity, as with political movements demanding credit access for disadvantaged populations. Throughout the course we will be attentive to the role of politics and public policy in creating, mediating, and shaping debt relationships.
3517 POLS-353-01 Authoritarianism in Eurasia 1.00 LEC Matsuzaki,Reo MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: 5 seats are reserved for sophomore students.
  More than half of the countries in the world are authoritarian or mixed regimes. Yet the study of authoritarianism—specifically, how authoritarian regimes function, and sources of their resilience and collapse—has long been neglected in political science. Authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, all widely regarded as models of resilience right up until their demise, turned out to be strikingly and unexpectedly fragile. Conversely, analysts have predicted the collapse of North Korea for decades, only to witness its survival through war, famine, economic collapse, and potentially destabilizing leadership transitions. In this course, we will examine the nascent scholarship on authoritarianism, especially as it pertains to Eurasia—namely, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia.
3518 POLS-359-01 Feminist Political Theory 1.00 LEC Terwiel,Anna TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course examines debates in feminist political theory. Topics will include liberal and socialist feminist theory, as well as radical, postcolonial, and postmodern feminist theory. We will also consider feminist perspectives on issues of race and sex, pornography, law and rights, and “hot button” issues like veiling. We will pay particular attention to the question of what feminism means and should mean in increasingly multicultural, global societies. Readings will include work by Mary Wollstonecraft, Carol Gilligan, Catherine MacKinnon, Chandra Mohanty, Wendy Brown, Audre Lorde, Patricia Williams, & Judith Butler.
3519 POLS-369-01 Intl Human Rights Law 1.00 LEC Carbonetti,Benjamin C. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course offers a comprehensive survey of the evolution of international human rights law, focusing on the major actors and processes at work. Which rights do individual human beings have vis-a-vis the modern state? What is the relationship between domestic and international legal processes? Are regional human rights mechanisms like the European system more influential than international ones? More generally, how effective is contemporary international human rights in securing accountability and justice? We use specific cases and contemporary debates to study a range of treaties and emerging institutions, including ad hoc war crimes tribunals and the International Criminal Court.
3520 POLS-370-01 External Rel. of the Eur Union 1.00 LEC Lefebvre,Thomas X. MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  This course will investigate the various forms of external relations of the European Union. Among others, it will survey the relationships established by the EU such as the European Economic Area, Stabilization and Association Agreements, EU-Swiss bilateral and association agreements with European and non-European non-member states such as Moldova, Ukraine, Egypt, etc. In addition, the course will survey the treaty negotiation process involving the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada. These case studies will help to best understand the evolving role of the European Union as a regional and global actor.
2200 POLS-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2390 POLS-402-01 Sr Sem:Amer Govt Dem Rep 1.00 SEM Evans,Diana W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This seminar consists of an investigation of the nature and processes of representation of individuals and groups at the level of American national government, especially within the U.S. Congress. Topics dealt with include the concept of representation, the goals of representatives and represented, means by which government is influenced from the outside, and the implications for representation of recent campaign finance and congressional reforms. Enrollment limited.
3521 POLS-418-01 Sr.Sem:State Form & State-Bld 1.00 SEM Matsuzaki,Reo MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This seminar is organized around two themes. First, it will examine the origins of the modern state in China and Western Europe, as well as the cause of diversity in state institutions across the globe. In particular, the consequences of Western imperialism on the development of African and Asian states will be explored. Second, we will discuss historic and contemporary attempts at transferring Western institutions to the global periphery—a phenomenon commonly known as state-building. Students will debate the strategic, developmental, and humanitarian merits and shortcomings of this policy. Questions that will be discussed include the following: What explains variation in the structure of political authority across different states? What is the legacy of colonialism? Can stable democracies be built through foreign occupation?
3522 POLS-426-01 Sr Sem: Who Are We? 1.00 SEM Messina,Anthony M. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  Citizenship historically has been defined as a set of rights and obligations that are exclusive to formal members, or "citizens," of territorially bounded nation states. Transnational migration challenges this assumption by creating citizens outside of and foreign residents or "denizens" inside of traditional nation state territories. Some scholars have suggested that globalization generally -- and migration specifically -- undermines the salience of citizenship and fosters conflict and confusion about who "we" are. This senior seminar will explore the major political and social challenges posed by transnational migration for notions of who "belongs" and who doesn't within the major immigration-receiving countries, including the United States.
2201 POLS-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
2202 POLS-490-01 Research Assistant 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
3069 POLS-496-01 Senior Thesis Colloquium 1.00 SEM Williamson,Abigail Fisher TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This is a required colloquium for senior political science majors writing theses. The class will proceed in part through course readings about research methods and aims, and in part through offering students the opportunity to present and discuss their thesis projects. All students will be required to write a (non-introductory draft) chapter by semester's end.
2671 POLS-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  For honors candidates (see description of Honors in Political Science following the “Areas of Concentration” section). Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment in honors.
3403 INTS-212-01 Global Politics 1.00 SEM Baker,Raymond W. TR: 8:00AM-9:15AM TBA Y GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Five seats are reserved for sophomores.
  This discussion course, taking the entire globe and all its peoples as a unit of study, will examine the unifying elements of the contemporary world system. Emphasis on struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human needs and rights in our global age. Particular attention to global crises originating in the Middle East.
3404 INTS-212-02 Global Politics 1.00 SEM Baker,Raymond W. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Five seats are reserved for sophomores.
  This discussion course, taking the entire globe and all its peoples as a unit of study, will examine the unifying elements of the contemporary world system. Emphasis on struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human needs and rights in our global age. Particular attention to global crises originating in the Middle East.
3405 INTS-212-03 Global Politics 1.00 SEM Baker,Raymond W. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA Y GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Five seats are reserved for sophomores.
  This discussion course, taking the entire globe and all its peoples as a unit of study, will examine the unifying elements of the contemporary world system. Emphasis on struggles for justice, democracy, and basic human needs and rights in our global age. Particular attention to global crises originating in the Middle East.
3411 INTS-315-01 Global Ideologies 1.00 SEM Prashad,Vijay TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA Y GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  From the 1920s to the 1980s, the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America forged a "Third World project." This project came undone in the 1980s, as debt, war and corruption overwhelmed the three continents. Along came neo-liberalism and globalization, which emerged as the dominant ideologies of the time. With the rise of Bolivarianism in Latin America, and with the financial crisis, neo-liberalism has lost its shine. This course will trace the "Third World project," neo-liberalism, and the emergent ideology of the Global South.
3592 PBPL-251-01 Judicial Proc:Courts & Pub Pol 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science102 or Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  This course examines the evolution of the judicial process in America and the role of the courts as policy makers. We will study civil and criminal courts at both the state and federal level as well as the functions of judges, lawyers, litigants, and other actors. We will also consider how the courts make policy in areas such as the war on terrorism, the right to privacy, gay and lesbian rights, and the rights of the accused.