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Course Schedule for POLITICAL SCIENCE - Spring 2017
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4700 POLS-102-01 American Natl Govt 1.00 LEC Laws,Serena MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats are reserved for first year students.
  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.
4702 POLS-103-01 Intro Compar Politics 1.00 LEC Matsuzaki,Reo MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats are reserved for first year students.
  NOTE: This section of POLS 103 is methodologically focused.
  This lecture course examines major themes and approaches within comparative politics. Its purpose is twofold: First, it provides the necessary theoretical and conceptual foundation for upper-level classes within this subfield. To this end, a broad array of key classics and recent works within comparative politics will be examined. Second, students will learn about the political and economic institutions that undergird foreign countries within a comparative framework. Readings will draw from various regions of the world, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Questions that will be discussed include, but are not limited to, the following: What role, if any, can the government play in promoting economic growth? Why do civil wars occur and what is the role of ethnicity in perpetuating conflict?
4152 POLS-104-01 Intro Intl Relations 1.00 LEC Flibbert,Andrew TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first-year students.
  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.
4355 POLS-104-02 Intro Intl Relations 1.00 LEC Flibbert,Andrew TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first-year students.
  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.
4921 POLS-105-01 Intro Pol Philosophy 1.00 LEC Dudas,Mary J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is not open to seniors.
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first-year students
  An introduction to the philosophical study of political and moral life through a consideration of various topics of both current and historical interest. Topics include environmentalism, ancients and moderns, male and female, nature and nurture, race and ethnicity, reason and history, and reason and revelation.
4923 POLS-219-01 History of Pol Thought I 1.00 LEC Dudas,Mary J. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  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.
4924 POLS-220-01 Histry of Pol Thought II 1.00 LEC Smith,Gregory TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 70
  This course focuses on the development of modern political philosophy. All readings will be from primary sources that include, among others, Machiavelli, Descartes, Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Marcuse. Enrollment limited.
5173 POLS-238-01 Prisons and Justice in America 1.00 LEC Terwiel,Anna MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: 15 seats reserved for first year students, 15 seats reserved for sophomores, 5 seats reserved for juniors
  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.
5099 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.
4705 POLS-309-01 Congress and Public Policy 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 102.
  A study of the structure and politics of the American Congress. This course examines the relationship between Congress members and their constituents; the organization and operation of Congress; the relationship between legislative behavior and the electoral incentive; and the place of Congress in national policy networks.
4706 POLS-313-01 Nationl & Europ Forgn Policies 1.00 LEC Lefebvre,Thomas X. M: 1:15PM-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).
5236 POLS-317-01 Amer Political Thought 1.00 SEM Dudas,Mary J. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  A study of the development of American political thought: the colonial period; the Revolution; Jeffersonian democracy; the defense of slave society; social Darwinism; the Populist and Progressive reform movements; and current theories of conservatism, liberalism, and the Left.
5019 POLS-322-01 Intl Political Economy 1.00 LEC Kamola,Isaac A. MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 104.
  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.
4926 POLS-331-01 Comparative Politics East Asia 1.00 SEM Matsuzaki,Reo MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: Course is only open to Sophomores and Juniors Political Science majors or students intending to major in Political Science.
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  This course is comprised of two distinct components. In part I, students will be introduced to key political and economic events in post-World War II East Asia. Specifically, the focus will be on the following countries and territories: Japan, South and North Korea, Taiwan, and China. In part II, students will study thematic and theoretical issues concerning East Asia that have received scholarly attention in recent years. Topics that will be discussed include the following: rapid economic growth and its consequences; economic integration under globalization; political liberalization and democratization; identity politics and nationalism; and human security. With its focus on major conceptual and theoretical debates within the comparative politics subfield, this course will provide useful background for those contemplating a senior thesis on an East Asian country.
4927 POLS-332-01 Understanding Civil Conflict 1.00 SEM Carbonetti,Benjamin C. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 13
  All seats are reserved for juniors and sophomores.
  NOTE: This course is only open to Juniors and Sophomores.
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  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.
5020 POLS-343-01 Theory & Pol of African Decol 1.00 SEM Kamola,Isaac A. MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 103 or 104.
  NOTE: This course is only open to Juniors and Sophomores.
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  The process of African decolonization was among the most important political events of the 20th century-in just three decades more than fifty new countries won independence from European imperial powers. This class reads the diverse group of African intellectuals writing during this period, whose work shaped how people thought about the anti-colonial project and world politics more generally. The course starts with an overview of colonialism's historical and intellectual legacy before examining how these theorists tackled three central political questions, namely: how to forge an independent African nation-state, how to create a post-colonial African identity, and how to establish an independent economy. Readings will include Aime Cesaire, Franz Fanon, Steve Biko, Amilcar Cabral, Walter Rodney, Albert Memmi, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Julius Nyerere, Thomas Sankara, among others.
5021 POLS-346-01 World Economy of Higher Educ 1.00 LEC Kamola,Isaac A. MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  Colleges and universities are commonly understood as "ivory towers" removed from the economic pressures of "the real world." However, higher education has always been an important dimension of the world economy. Universities and colleges train employees, develop human capital, design marketable goods, and sometimes sell education for profit. This class examines theorists of higher education, the rise of the American-style university, the Cold War politics of higher education, the World Bank's reconceptualization of higher education as key to economic development, the reframing of education as an exportable service, and branch campuses in the Middle East. In short, this course helps students better understand various pressures and dynamics of the contemporary world economy through an examination of the particular institution of which we are a part.
5170 POLS-359-01 Feminist Political Theory 1.00 LEC Terwiel,Anna MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM 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.
4835 POLS-369-01 Intl Human Rights Law 1.00 LEC Carbonetti,Benjamin C. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM 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.
4929 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.
4930 POLS-380-01 War & Peace in the Middle East 1.00 SEM Flibbert,Andrew MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  All seats are reserved for juniors and sophomores.
  NOTE: This course is only open to Juniors and Sophomores
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement.
  This course addresses the causes and consequences of nationalist, regional, and international conflict in the Middle East. We use theoretical perspectives from political science to shed light on the dynamics of conflict, the successes and failures of attempts to resolve it, and the roles played by the United States and other major international actors. The course is organized on a modified chronological basis, starting with the early phases of the Arab-Israeli conflict and ending with current developments in Iraq.
4188 POLS-392-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  The Trinity College Legislative Internship is a special program designed for those students who want to observe politics and government firsthand. Student interns work full time for individual legislators and are eligible for up to four course credits, three for a letter grade and one pass/fail. One of the graded credits is a political science credit. In addition to working approximately 35 to 40 hours per week for a legislator, each intern participates in a seminar in which interns present papers and discuss issues related to the legislative process. Although there are no prerequisite courses for enrollment in this program, preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Students majoring in areas other than political science are encouraged to apply. Candidates for this program, which is limited to 14 students, should contact the Political Science Department in April or September. The program will accommodate some students who wish to work part time (20 hours per week) for two graded course credits.
4187 POLS-394-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 14
4186 POLS-396-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 14
4185 POLS-398-01 Legislative Internship 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 14
4301 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.
4931 POLS-406-01 Sr Sem: Why Political Phil? 1.00 SEM Smith,Gregory TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is open only to senior Political Science majors.
  This seminar will be devoted to a close reading of a major political philosopher in the Western tradition.
4932 POLS-412-01 Sr Sem: Pol of Judicial Policy 1.00 SEM McMahon,Kevin J. W: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course explores a constant tension in the work of courts. While courts are not “supposed” to make policy, they often do. In examining this tension, the course will focus on the origins of judicial intervention, the nature of specific court decisions on policy questions, and the effectiveness of those decisions in producing social change.
5174 POLS-416-01 Senior Seminar: Biopolitics 1.00 SEM Terwiel,Anna T: 6:30PM-9:00PM TBA WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  In the 1970s, Michel Foucault developed the concept of “biopower” to describe a distinctly modern form of power that governs the biological life of individuals and populations. This seminar takes Foucault’s work as its point of departure to ask how and why bodily existence – health and illness, life and death – matters for politics. Are we political beings insofar as we are “more than” animals? Conversely, what might it mean to assert that our bodies are political? We will examine these questions through influential theoretical texts (by Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Nikolas Rose, Judith Butler, Achille Mbembe, and others) as well as case-studies involving hunger strikes, access to medicine, and struggles around new reproductive technologies.
4302 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.
4558 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.
4559 POLS-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  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.
4829 INTS-205-01 War on Terror 1.00 LEC Prashad,Vijay TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA GLB  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  9/11 inaugurated a new epoch not only for the United States, but decidedly for the world. Tentacular wars of and on terror stretched from Afghanistan into Yemen, from Madrid into Bali. This course will offer a social history of the war on terror. We will explore the roots of the war on terror in the histories of Afghanistan and Yemen, and plot the switch from the prehistory of the War on Terror (1993-2001) to the War on Terror Part 1 (2001-2007) to the War on Terror Part 2 (2007 to the present).
5043 INTS-212-01 Global Politics 1.00 SEM Tabar,Linda TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
5044 INTS-212-02 Global Politics 1.00 SEM Tabar,Linda TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA GLB5  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  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.
4457 PBPL-220-01 Research and Evaluation 1.00 SEM Moskowitz,Rachel L MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA Y NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, and permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Students taking this course should not enroll in POLS 242.
  Which policy interventions actually work and which fail to meet their goals? Answering this question is essential to improving public and non-profit services and securing further funding for worthwhile projects. This course aims to give students the ability to comprehend policy research and evaluation, as well as the tools to design and conduct basic qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students will apply these practical skills in assignments that ask them to design evaluations or analyze data to assess the effectiveness of policies. Topics will include data analysis using statistical software, but no previous programming experience is necessary.
4600 PBPL-377-01 Law, Gender & Supreme Court 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 24
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, or permission of instructor
  This course introduces students to contemporary gender issues as they have been treated both in the law and in the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. We will explore some of the historical antecedents to contemporary legal gender questions and then examine in detail the following areas of controversy: sex discrimination, marriage equality, reproductive rights, and Title IX.