Courses


Fall 2019 Courses


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PS 800- Political Science as a Discipline and Profession

Instructor: Nadav Shelef (W 3:30-5:25)

1 Credit

Describes and evaluates major approaches used in political science. Explores issues related to professional development and political science careers.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 801- Research and Writing Seminar

Instructor: Nadav Shelef (W 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

Intended for PhD students in political science to develop a seminar or conference paper into a publishable journal article. Emphasis on editing, revising, and peer feedback.

Requisites Declared in PS doctoral program

PS 804- Interdisciplinary Western European Area Studies Seminar

Instructor: B. Venkat Mani (T 3:30-6:00)

3 Credits

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 812- Introduction to Statistical Methods in Political Science

Instructor: Adeline Lo (MW 8:00-9:15)

Syllabus: PS 812- Adeline Lo

3 Credits

Introductory Statistics course for Ph.D. students. Emphasis on probability theory, inference, and the foundations of multivariate least squares and maximum likelihood.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 817- Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry

Instructor: Eleanor Powell (T 3:30-5:25)

Syllabus: PS 817-Eleanor Powell

3 Credits

Acquaints students with a wide variety of research methods used to analyze political phenomena, emphasizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 818- Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Instructor: Alex Tahk (MW 9:30-10:45)

3 Credits

Develops the theory of maximum likelihood estimation and applies it to models for discrete and limited dependent variables common to political and social science data.

Requisites PS 812 and 813

PS 839- Methods of Political Theory

Instructor: Richard Avramenko (R 4:00-6:30)

Syllabus: PS 839 – Richard Avramenko

3 Credits

An overview of the central disciplinary approaches to interpreting, teaching, and writing about philosophical texts.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

 

PS 853- Comparative Political Institutions

Instructor: Nils Ringe (R 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 853- Nils Ringe

3 Credits

Comparative theoretical and empirical analysis of political institutions, including electoral systems, legislatures, executives, executive-legislative relationships, political parties, party systems, federalism, economic governance, and link between institutions and internationalization.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 856- Field Seminar in Comparative Politics

Instructor: Yoshiko Herrera (M 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

A broad introduction to the field of comparative politics. It combines a theory-driven approach with a problem-driven approach to analyze key themes in comparative politics. Four paradigms in comparative politics–structural, cultural, rational-choice and institutional–will be reviewed.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 857- International Relations Theories

Instructor: Andrew Kydd (W 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 857-Andy Kydd

3 Credits

Analysis of the major theories on the functioning of the international political system and the behavior of nations within it.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 871- Public Program Evaluation

Instructor: Yang Wang (M 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

Compares the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues of experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs for program evaluation. Definitions of outcomes, sample size issues, statistical biases in measuring causal effects of programs, and the reliability of findings will be emphasized using case studies selected from current public programs.

Requisites PUB AFFR 818

PS 874- Policy-Making Process

Instructor: David Nelson (R 6:00-7:55 PM)

3 Credits

Examines the political, social, and economic contexts that shape and are shaped by policy making processes. Though the focus is on the US, international comparisons will be made, and students are encouraged to think about the American context through comparative and international perspectives. Familiarizes students with dominant theories and models of policymaking process and policy change, starting with the model of the policy cycle. Focuses in on key topics and issues in policy making, specifically, agenda setting, implementation, and the relationships between policymaking and democracy. Reflects on contemporary and emerging issues and dilemmas of the politics of policy making.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 904- Seminar- Classics in American Politics

Instructor: David Canon (M 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 904-David Canon

3 Credits

In-depth examination of selected topics on American politics and governmental institutions.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

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PS 919- Experimental Methods

Instructor: Jonathan Renshon (T 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 919- Jonathan Renshon

3 Credits

Design of research and adaptation of advanced methods to solve particular methodological problems in original analyses of political data

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 919- Bayesian Analysis

Instructor: Alex Tahk (MW 4:00-5:15)

3 Credits

Design of research and adaptation of advanced methods to solve particular methodological problems in original analyses of political data

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 931-Feminist Theory

Instructor: Keisha Lindsay (W 3:30-5:25)

Syllabus: PS 931- Keisha Lindsay

3 Credits

Analysis of and research on problems of theorizing in and about political life.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 948- Democratic Imperfections

Instructor: Yoshiko Herrera (T 3:30-5:25)

3 Credits

Research seminar on specific topics in comparative politics.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 982- Interdepartmental Seminar in the Latin-American Area

Instructor: (W 2:00-4:00)

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary inquiry in Latin American society and culture.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 983- Interdepartmental Seminar-African Studies

Instructor: Neil Kodesh (R 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary inquiry in African society and culture.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 986- Political Theory Workshop

Instructor: Michelle Schwarze (F 12:00-1:15)

1-3 Credits

Presentation and evaluation of political theory research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 987- Comparative Politics Colloquium

Instructor: Nils Ringe (R 12:00-1:15)

1-3 Credits

Presentation and evaluation of comparative politics research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 988- International Relations Workshop

Instructor: Mark Copelovitch (T 12:00-1:15)

1-3 Credits

Presentation and evaluation of international relations research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 989- American Politics Workshop

Instructor: Eleanor Powell (M 12:00-1:15)

1-3 Credits

Presentation and evaluation of American politics research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 990- Research and Thesis

1-3 Credits

Under the direction of faculty

Requisites Consent of Instructor

 

PS 999- Independent Work

2-3 Credits

Under the direction of a staff member

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training