Courses


Fall 2020 Courses


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PS 800- Political Science as a Discipline and Profession

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

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 3:30-5:25)

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: Adam Stern (T 4:00-6:30)

3 Credits

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 811 - Introduction to Statistical Computing

Instructor: Marcy Shieh (R 10:00-11:00)

Syllabus: PS 811 Fall 2020

1 Credit

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Introduction to the issues of statistical computing in political science using statistical packages such as STATA and R with emphasis on developing sound practices for organizing data, protocols, and results in empirical research.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 812- Introduction to Statistical Methods in Political Science

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

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 818- Maximum Likelihood Estimation

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

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 825- Race and Politics in the United States

Instructor: Benjamin Marquez (W 3:30-5:35)

Syllabus: PS 825 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Analysis of the role of race, class and ethnicity in the political process. Evaluation of theories from political science, economics and sociology. Topics may include policy analysis, political organizations, immigration, political behavior and culture

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

 

PS 834 - Roman Political Thought

Instructor: Daniel Kapust (R 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 834 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Classroom Instruction

In depth study of key works of Roman political thought, along with recent and classic scholarship in political theory, history, philosophy, classics, and literature.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

 

PS 843- The Political Economy of Development

Instructor: Rikhil Bhavnani (T 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 843 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online: Synchronous

We examine why some countries are rich, and others are poor. Selected topics include the role of institutions, regime type, corruption, the resource curse, ethnic differences and state capacity. We focus on the cutting edge of the empirical literature on development, and pay close attention to measurement and causal inference.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 856- Field Seminar in Comparative Politics

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

Syllabus: PS 856 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online, Synchronous

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: Jessica Weeks (T 5:30-7:20)

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 904- Seminar- American Politics/Public Opinion

Instructor: Katherine Cramer (T 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

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

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 919 - Machine Learning

Instructor: Adeline Lo (R 3:30-5:25)

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

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PS 919- Bayesian Analysis

Instructor: Alex Tahk (W 1:30-3:30)

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

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 933-Feminist Theory

Instructor: Annie Menzel (T 2:25-4:55)

3 Credits

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

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 945- Seminar-National Security Affairs

Instructor: Jon Pevehouse (M 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

Contemporary military strategy, the interaction of military and political factors in international politics, and the processes and content of defense policies, with emphasis on the United States.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 959 - Seminar-International Organization

Instructor: Tana Johnson (W 7:45-9:45)

3 Credits

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 982- Interdepartmental Seminar in the Latin-American Area

Instructor: Katarzyna Beilin (T 2:30-4:30)

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary inquiry in Latin American society and culture.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 983- Interdepartmental Seminar-African Studies

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

3 Credits

Interdisciplinary inquiry in African society and culture.

Requisites Graduate/Professional Training

PS 986- Political Theory Workshop

Instructor: Daniel Kapust (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: Yoshiko Herrera (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: Jessica Weeks (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: Barry Burden (M 12:00-1:15)

Syllabus: PS 989 Fall 2020

1-3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Classroom Instruction

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

Spring 2021 Courses


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PS 813 - Multivariable Statistical inference for Political Research

Instructor: David L. Weimer

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 817 - Empirical Methods of Political Inquiry

Instructor: Rikhil R. Bhavnani 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 828 - Contemporary Presidency

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 835 - Game Theory and Political Analysis

Instructor:  Alexander Tahk 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 837 - Formal Models of International Relations

Instructor: Andrew Kydd 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 873 - American Political Parties

Instructor: Barry Burden

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 931 - Tocqueville's Democ in America

Instructor: Richard Avramenko

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 931 - Topic: Post-Marxist Continental Theory

Instructor:  Howard Schweber 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 940 - Domestic Politics and International Relations

Instructor: Jessica Weeks 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 948 - Topic: Religion and Politics

Instructor: Steven Brooke 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 948 - Topic: Racial & Ethnic Diversity: Causes and Effects

Instructor: Yoshiko Herrera 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 986 - Political Theory Workshop

Instructor: Daniel Kapust 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

PS 987 - Comparative Politics Colloquium

Instructor:  Yoshiko Herrera 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

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PS 988 - International Relations Colloquium

Instructor:  Jessica Weeks 

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing

 

PS 989 - American Politics Workshop

Instructor: Barry Burden

Requisites Graduate/Professional Standing