Courses

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PS 104 - Introduction to American Politics and Government

Instructor: David Canon (TR 1:00-2:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 104

4 Credits

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

Instructor: Nils Ringe (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 120

4 Credits

Introduction to Comparative Politics, one of the four sub-fields in Political Science, which involves the comparative analysis of political institutions, processes, and outcomes at the national level. Examines how to usefully compare politics in a variety of countries and makes comparisons explicit and systematic in order to determine how governments work, how power is organized and contested at the national level, and how regular people can participate and pursue their interests in different political settings. Includes key concepts, theories, methods, issues, and language.

Requisites
Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 182 (or POLI SCI 186 prior to Fall 2017)
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 140 - Introduction to International Relations

Instructor: Mark Copelovitch (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

4 Credits

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 160 - Introduction to Political Theory

Instructor: Daniel Jaco Kapust (TR 9:30-10:45am)

Syllabus: PS 160 

4 Credits

Exploration of core problems of political life, such as the nature and limits of obligation, the concept of justice and its political implications, and the relationship between equality and liberty, through a selection of ancient and modern sources.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 170 - Research Methods in Political Science

Instructor: Jessica Weeks (TR 11:00-11:50am)

3 Credits

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 201 - Special Topics in Political Science (Race and Politics in the United States)

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

3 Credits

An experimental topics course that introduces students to compelling recent events and to the current research of political scientists.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution American Goverment
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 201 - Special Topics in Political Science (Law & Disorder in Russia)

Instructor: Kathryn Hendley (MW 8:00-9:15am)

Syllabus: PS 201

3 Credits

An experimental topics course that introduces students to compelling recent events and to the current research of political scientists.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 217 - Law, Politics, and Society

Instructor: Melanie Murchison (11:00-12:15pm)

Mode of Instruction: Online

3 Credits

Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts.

Requisites
Freshmen or sophomore standing only
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 244 - Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines

Instructor: Michael Cullinane (TR 9:30-10:45am)

4 Credits

As an introduction to Southeast Asia, covers the ethnic, cultural, religious, and political histories of the region from the classical states period to the present, with an emphasis on colonialism, nationalism, decolonization, and the emergence of modern political and social systems into the 21st century, including an exposure to region’s contemporary literature.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science, Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 255 - Introduction to East Asian Civilizations

Instructor: Anatoly R. Detwyler (TR 8:00-9:15am)

3 Credits

Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science, Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 270 - Understanding Politics Numbers

Instructor: Mary Shieh (TR (8:50-9:40am)

3 Credits

How numbers and statistics are used in electoral strategies, political debates and legal proceedings. Presents basic tools of analysis and how to use them.

Requisites
Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 272 - Introduction to Public Policy

Instructor: Mary Eil Harrington (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

3 Credits

Major issues of public policy in such fields as economic management, welfare, education, health, energy and the environment. How public problems develop, approaches to policy-making, why programs succeed and fail.

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 277 - Africa: An Introductory Survey

Instructor: Neil Ronen Kodesh (MW (9:55-10:45am)

4 Credits

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 311 - United States Congress

Instructor: Barry Burden (MW (4:35-5:25pm)

Syllabus: PS 311

3 Credits

Principles, procedures and problems of the legislative process of the United States Congress.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 184, or POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315 - Legislative Internship

Instructor: Amy Gangl

Mode of Instruction: Online

3 Credits

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 320 - Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

Instructor: Steven Brooke (TR 9:30-10:45am)

4 Credits

An introduction to the most pertinent themes to the study of politics and governance in the Middle East. Main topics to be covered: political economy of the region; link between Islam, culture and democracy; the politics of authoritarianism; and political Islam.

Requisites
Sophomore standing, POLI SCI 104 or 140
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 324 - Political Power in Contemporary China

Instructor: Zhenhuan Lei (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 324

3 Credits

Analysis of the major institutions, ideas, people and groups in China today and their impact on power, decision-making and social change.

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 332 - German Politics

Instructor: Nils Ringe (TR 4:00-5:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 332

3 Credits

A broad overview of politics in Germany, Europe’s politically and economically most powerful country. The course is structured around several broad themes: political institutions, electoral system and elections, parties and party system, interest representation, political participation, political economy, the legacies of Germany’s past, social policy, European and foreign policy, and current and future challenges. Throughout the semester, we will relate the German experience to broader issues, problems, and concepts used in the comparative study of domestic politics.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 120 or 182) or (POLI SCI 106 or 186 prior to fall 2017)
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 338 - The Civil-Military Paradox in U.S. Politics and Society

Instructor: Arthur Mobley (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 338

3 Credits

Protecting a democratic nation from foreign threats often requires that nation to create a powerful military. Yet the creation of a powerful military may undermine the democracy that it is designed to protect. How do, and how should, democracies manage the paradoxical relationship between civilian authority and military institutions. Explores civilian and military perspectives in U.S. civil-military relations; address issues such as the use of military advice by civilian leaders, military challenges to civil authority, and tensions generated by shared responsibility for national security between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Studies how civil-military relations impact wider American society by examining the garrison state hypothesis; debates centered upon the draft versus an all-volunteer force; issues of equity and inclusion; and current concerns regarding a civil-military “gap.”

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science, Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 348 - Analysis of International Relations

Instructor: Andrew Kydd (WF 9:55-10:45am)

3 Credits

Focuses on how to analyze problems in international politics by the use of game theory. Examples include governments making choices about the size of their military forces, barriers to trade, or international agreements on environmental issues. Analysts study strategic interaction using both informal and mathematical methods. Provides a good introduction to the basics of game theory — a tool useful in many different settings — as well as an introduction to the study of world politics. From the perspective of quantitative reasoning, one of the most important set of lessons center on the logic of strategic interaction and the notion of equilibrium. Along with basic game theory students will also be introduced to the pragmatic use of mathematical tools including algebra, set theory, functions, and probability theory.

Requisites
Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement and (POLI SCI 140 or INTL ST 101) or (POLI SCI 103 taken prior to Fall 2017)
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 356 - Principles of International Law

Instructor: Andrew McWard (MW 9:55-10:45am)

Syllabus: PS 356

3 Credits

A survey course that focuses on interactions among the primary entities in the international system; namely, states, inter- governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other international actors governed by international law. The study of international relations and international law is absolutely critical to understanding contemporary politics, both domestic and foreign. This course addresses both structural and substantive issues related to international law. In other words, it should provide basic tools for understanding the way in which international law works, as well as introduce substantive issues of interest to students of world politics. The course will place special emphasis on the role of international organizations in the international legal system, and special attention will be paid to the European Union as an international actor within this system of law.

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 359 - American Foreign Policy

Instructor: Jon Pevehouse (9:30-10:45am)

4 Credits

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 140, 184 or INTL ST 101) or (POLI SCI 103 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 360 - History of American Political Thought

Instructor: Michelle Schwarze (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 360

3 Credits

The intellectual origins and evolution of American political thought as seen through the lens of leading politicians, novelists and social critics from the Puritans to the Civil War; consideration of the central tensions of American political thought from a contemporary perspective.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 363 - Literature and Politics

Instructor: Phillip Bunn (TR 1:00-2:15pm)

3 Credits

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 365 - Machiavelli and His World

Instructor: Kristi Phillips-Court (MW 11:00-11:50am)

3 Credits

Introduces students to the major works of Machiavelli through the close reading of his writings in cultural and historical contexts. Discussion and targeted writing assignments will aim at cultivating in students 1) a broad understanding of Machiavelli’s principal intellectual attitudes, 2) a deeper understanding of his literary sensibility, and 3) the ability to articulate controversies and complexities surrounding his thought.

Requisites
Satisfied Communications A requirement
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Literature

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 370 - Islam and Politics

Instructor: Aaron Rock (MW 2:30-3:45pm)

4 Credits

In the early twentieth century, a series of movements arose in the Middle East and South Asia, calling Muslims to return to Islam. Today, leaders and members of such groups -now known as Islamists -insist that one cannot live a fully Islamic life in the absence of an Islamic state. How and why did these movements come to focus on building an Islamic state? How do they pursue this goal?

Requisites
None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Topics in Political Science (Mock Trial)

Instructor: Howard Schweber (MW 2:25-3:15pm)

2 Credits

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Topics in Political Science (Careers in Political Science)

Instructor: Joel Clark (M 1:20-3:15pm)

1 Credit

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Topics in Political Science (Gender and Authoritarian Politics)

Instructor: Marwa Shalaby (T 3:30-5:25pm)

Syllabus: PS 400

3 Credits

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Topics in Political Science (Latin American Political Thought)

Instructor: (TR 4:00-5:15pm)

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Selected Topics in Political Science (Political History and Political Methods)

Instructor: John Paul Balz (MF 8:00-9:15am)

3 Credits

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Selected Topics in Political Science (Global Governance)

Instructor: Lisa Martin (M 1:20-3:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 401

3 Credits

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 408 - The American Presidency

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer (TR 9:30-10:45am)

4 Credits

The President as chief administrative leader, political leader, foreign policy initiator, commander-in-chief, and head of state.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 411 - The American Constitution: Powers and Structures of Government

Instructor: Howard Schweber (TR 9:30-10:45am)

Syllabus: PS 411

4 Credits

This course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about powers and structures of government from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include separation of powers, executive war powers, the powers of Congress, judicial review and the role of courts, and federalism. The course focuses on the development of constitutional law, constitutional politics, and American political development.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 414 - The Supreme Court as a Political Institution

Instructor: Ryan Owens (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 414

3 Credits

Requisites
Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 419 - Administrative Law

Instructor: Ryan Owens (MW 8:00-9:15am)

Syllabus: PS 419

4 Credits

Delegation of powers, elements of fair administrative procedure, judicial control over administrative determination.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 184, or POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 431 - Contentious Politics

Instructor: Erica Simmons (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

4 Credits

Social movements, revolutions, and riots continually shape and re-shape the world around us. The course will evaluate and apply dominant theoretical approaches to understanding contention through careful attention to empirical cases throughout the world.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and POLI SCI 140 or INTL ST 101 (or POLI SCI 103 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate/professional standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Topics in Political Philosophy (Christian Political Thought)

Instructor: John Boersma (MW 8:00-9:15am)

3 Credits

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 461 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy & Politics

Instructor: Daniel Kapust (TR 1:00-2:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 461 

3 Credits

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

Requisites
Consent of Instructor
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 463 - Deception and Politics

Instructor: Xinzhi Zhao (MWF 2:30-3:45pm)

4 Credits

This course deals with deception and truth telling as matters of fundamental political concern. Writers ranging from Plato to John Rawls have grappled with the problem of deception and truth-telling in politics. Flattery, hypocrisy, lying as a matter of state, lying as a matter of policy: philosophical explorations of these and related phenomena are at the center of this course.

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 469 - Women and Politics

Instructor: Aili Tripp (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

Syllabus: PS 469

3 Credits

Changing political roles, status, attitudes, and behaviors of women in contemporary society and of the political implications of changing female/male relationships.

Requisites
Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth-  Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 470 - The First Amendment

Instructor: John Boersma (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

4 Credits

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 184, or POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth-  Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 511 - Campaign Finance

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

4 Credits

Examination of campaign finance, including: the philosophical rationale behind campaign finance regulations, the history of regulatory frameworks, the influence of campaign contributions on decision making, campaign finance laws in other countries, and reform proposals.

Requisites
Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 184, or POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth-  Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 601 - Proseminar: Topics in Political Science (Decision Making in World Politics)

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

Syllabus: PS 601

3 Credits

Intensive study and research in selected problems within the constituent fields of political science.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth-  Social Science, Humanities

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 682 - Senior Honors Thesis

Honors in the Major in Political Science thesis research and writing (continuation of POLI SCI 681).

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 683 - Senior Honors Thesis Seminar

Instructor: Amy Gangl

3 Credits

A class for honors students writing their senior honors thesis within a seminar format. Focus is on conceptualization, research design, writing of the thesis, and relevant issues of political science. Only senior majors writing honor thesis.

Requisites
Junior standing and declared in an honors program
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 691 - Senior Thesis

3 Credits

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 692 - Senior Honors Thesis

3 Credits

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 698 - Directed Study

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 699 - Directed Study

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member.

Requisites
Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth-

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

Summer 2021 Courses


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PS 104 - Introduction To American Politics And Government

Mode of Instruction: Online

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120 - Politics Around The World

Mode of Instruction: Online

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 140 - Introduction to International Relations

Mode of Instruction: Online

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 170 - Research Methods in Political Science

Mode of Instruction: Online

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315- Legislative Internship

Mode of Instruction: Online

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 330 - Political Economy Of Development

Mode of Instruction: Online

An introduction to the political economy of development.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 359 - American Foreign Policy

Mode of Instruction: Online

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 140, 184, or INTL ST 101) or (PS 103 taken before fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 360 - History of American Political Thought

Mode of Instruction: Online

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Breadth – Humanities Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 414 - The Supreme Court as a Political Institution

Mode of Instruction: Online

This course uses a social science approach to analyze theories of judicial decision making and to learn how law is made in a political context. Students will understand how the Supreme Court and justices operate in an interdependent political environment.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/LS 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 439 - The Comparative Study of Genocide

Mode of Instruction: Online

Examines the phenomenon of genocide in the modern world. The class covers the concept of genocide, theories of why genocide occurs, and particular cases in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Conservative Political Thought

Mode of Instruction: TBD

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 160 or ILS 205)
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 470 - The First Amendment

Mode of Instruction: Online

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

Spring 2021 Courses


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PS 104 - Introduction To American Politics And Government

Instructor: David Canon (TR 1:00-2:15)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 104

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120 - Politics Around The World

Instructor: Steven Brooke (TR 9:30-10:45am)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 120

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 182 (or POLI SCI 186 prior to Fall 2017)
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 140 - Introduction to International Relations

Instructor: Jon Pevehouse

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 140

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 160- Introduction to Political Theory

Instructor: Michelle Schwarze (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Credits: 3-4

Exploration of core problems of political life, such as the nature and limits of obligation, the concept of justice and its political implications, and the relationship between equality and liberty, through a selection of ancient and modern sources.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 170 - Research Methods in Political Science

Instructor: TBD

Credits: 3

Syllabus: PS 170

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 182 - Politics Around the World (Honors)

Instructor: Nils Ringe (TR 4:00-5:15pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 182

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Declared in honors program
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Honors – Honors Only Courses (H)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 199 - Directed Study

Credits: 2

Directed study projects for freshmen and sophomores as arranged with a faculty member; students should have completed at least one course in POLI SCI.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Course Designation Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 201 - Hearing Public Opin Democracy

Instructor: Katherine Cramer (TR 9:30-10:45am)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

An experimental topics course that introduces students to compelling recent events and to the current research of political scientists. This course can be repeated by students, but not with the same content.

Requisites None
Course Designation Level- Elementary

Breadth – Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 217- Law, Politics, and Society

Instructor: Melanie Murchison

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts.

Requisites Freshmen or sophomore standing only
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 231 - Politics In Multi-Cultural Societies

Instructor: Benjamin Marquez (MWF 9:55-10:45am)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 231

Race, ethnicity, and religion as political factors; cultural pluralism, politics, and policy in the United States and selected other multi-cultural politics.

Requisites Freshmen or sophomore standing only
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Ethnic St – Counts toward Ethnic Studies requirement

Breadth – Social Science

Level – Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 253 - Russia: An Interdisciplinary Survey

Instructor: Irina Shevelenko (MWF 9:55-10:45am)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of Russian civilization from its beginnings through the present day.

Requisites None
Course Designation Breadth – Either Humanities or Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 255 - Introduction to East Asian Civilizations

Instructor: Anatoly Detwyler (TR 8:00-9:15am)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth – Either Humanities or Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 260 - Latin America: An Introduction

Instructor: TBD

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 270 - Understanding Political Numbers

Instructor: Rochelle Snyder (MW 3:30-4:20pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

How numbers and statistics are used in electoral strategies, political debates and legal proceedings. Presents basic tools of analysis and how to use them.

Requisites Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Quantitative Reasoning Part B

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 277 - Africa: An Introductory Survey

Instructor: Matthew Brown (W1:20 -2:10pm)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities or Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 302-Mexican-American Politics

Instructor: Benjamin Marquez (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 302

This class examines the major problems and issues in Mexican-American politics since World War II. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which race, class and culture have structured politics for the Mexican origin people.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 311 - United States Congress

Instructor: Barry Burden (MW 3:30-4:20pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 311

Principles, procedures and problems of the legislative process of the United States Congress.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104184, or LEGAL ST/​POLI SCI  217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315- Legislative Internship

Instructor: Amy Gangl (Online)

Credits: 3

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Workplace – Workplace Experience Course

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 320 - Governments And Politics Of The Middle East And North Africa

Instructor: Marwa Shalaby (TR 1:00-2:15pm)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

An introduction to the most pertinent themes to the study of politics and governance in the Middle East. Main topics to be covered: political economy of the region; link between Islam, culture and democracy; the politics of authoritarianism; and political Islam.

Requisites Sophomore standing, POLI SCI 104 or 140
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth – Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 330 - Political Economy Of Development

Instructor: Rikhil Bhavnani

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 330

An introduction to the political economy of development.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 334 - Russian Politics

Instructor: Kathryn Hendley (TR8:00-9:15am)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Theory and practice of Russian States, emphasis on politics, economic and institutional developments since 1991.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 343 - Theories of International Security

Instructor: Scott Mobley (TR 1:00-2:15pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 343

Role of alliances in contemporary and historical international political systems. Purpose of alliance formation; reasons for their dissolution; relationship of alliance activity with international war and with political integration. Role of alliances in future international systems.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 348 - Analysis Of International Relations

Instructor: Lisa Martin (MW 11:00-11:50am)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Focuses on how to analyze problems in international politics by the use of game theory. Examples include governments making choices about the size of their military forces, barriers to trade, or international agreements on environmental issues. Analysts study strategic interaction using both informal and mathematical methods. Provides a good introduction to the basics of game theory — a tool useful in many different settings — as well as an introduction to the study of world politics. From the perspective of quantitative reasoning, one of the most important set of lessons center on the logic of strategic interaction and the notion of equilibrium. Along with basic game theory students will also be introduced to the pragmatic use of mathematical tools including algebra, set theory, functions, and probability theory.

Requisites Satisfied QR A requirement and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Gen Ed – Quantitative Reasoning Part B

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 350 - International Political Economy

Instructor: Sujeong Shim

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 350

Analyzes the interaction of politics and economics in the international arena, both historically and in the contemporary era of globalization. Focuses on international trade, monetary, and financial relations in both developed and developing economies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 355 - Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective

Instructor: TBD (TR 11:00-12:15)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Provides a critical examination of the history of labor and working people in the Americas, from the colonial era to the present. It focuses on the experience of the United States and Mexico, offering a comparative perspective on their distinct but also shared (and increasingly linked) histories. The seminar proceeds chronologically, highlighting major episodes in the evolution of labor systems in the two countries, beginning with the colonial labor systems implemented by the Spanish and British empires following the European conquest of the Western Hemisphere. Among other topics, we will examine the pivotal role of slavery and other forms of forced labor, the impact of the industrial revolution, the emergence and expansion of corporate capitalism and the labor unrest it provoked in the post-civil war U.S., the role of labor in the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath, the impact of the Great Depression and labor incorporation on the post-WWII social and political order of both countries, the breakdown of that order and the move to neo-liberalism in the 1970s and 1980s, and the emergence of an increasingly integrated North American production system and its consequences for labor and working people on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 361 - Contemporary American Political Thought

Instructor: John Zumbrunnen (MWF 1:20-2:10pm)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

This course considers central themes and controversies in American political thinking during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics include the development of liberalism from the Progressive Era to the New Deal to the Great Society and beyond; the emergence of new strands of conservatism after World War II and the tensions between those strands; challenges by excluded and marginalized groups to the traditional social and political order; and the revival of concerns about “community” in America. As a topic of study, “American Political Thought” combines philosophy, political theory, history, and practical politics. The course covers a wide variety of texts, ranging from philosophical treatises to newspaper articles, from presidential addresses to works of social science with ultimate goal to become more knowledgeable and more critical students of the American political experience.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 160 or ILS 205)
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 377 - Nuclear Weapons And World Politics

Instructor: Andrew Kydd (TR 9:30-10:45am)

Credits: 3-4

Covers the origins of nuclear weapons, the reasons states seek them, the strategies developed for their use, the consequences of their development, and efforts to control and reverse their spread.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 140 or INTL ST 101)
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400- Careers in Political Science

Instructor: Joel Clark (T 11:00-1:00pm)

Credit: 1

Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Syllabus: PS 400 

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Leg Writ, from Couns to Advoca

Instructor: Dustin Brown (TR 9:30-10:45)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: In Person

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 412 - The American Constitution: Rights And Civil Liberties

Instructor: Howard Schweber

Credits: 4

his course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about individual rights and civil liberties from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include freedoms guaranteed by the original Articles, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil War Amendments (XIII, XIV, and XV) as these issues appear in constitutional law, constitutional politics, and social and economic developments. The role of the federal courts, the nature and operation of principles of federalism, and the authority of Congress to protect constitutionally guaranteed rights are also major topics of consideration.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 417 - The American Judicial System

Instructors: Alex Tahk (MW 2:30-3:45pm)

Credits: 4

Structure, process, and personnel of American courts; emphasis on the governmental and political consequences of court decisions for public policy-making.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 434 - The Politics Of Human Rights

Instructor: Scott Straus (MW 2:30-3:45)

Credits: 4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 434

Examines the origins and development of human rights in international politics. The course discusses what human rights are, international human rights movements, the international search for justice after mass crimes, and international humanitarian intervention.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Aristotle

Instructor: John Boersma (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: In Person

Syllabus: PS 460

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth – Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit – Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Christian Political Thought

Instructor: John Boersma (TR 2:30-3:45pm)

Credits: 3-4

Syllabus: PS 460 

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 461- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, & Politics

Instructor: Michelle Schwarze (MW 8:00 -9:15)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 461

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 470 - The First Amendment

Instructor: Robert Burton (MW 2:30-3:45)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 470

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 515 - Public Opinion

Instructor: Katherine Cramer (TR 11:00-12:15pm)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Formation of opinions within and among the political publics; their role in the development and practice of governmental policy.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science

Level – Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 601 - The Supreme Court's 2020 Term

Instructor: Ryan Owens (W 1:20-3:15pm)

Credits: 3

Mode of Instruction: Online

Intensive study and research in selected problems within the constituent fields of political science.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science and Humanities

Level – Advanced

L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 665 - Israeli Politics And Society

Instructor: Nadav Shelef (MW 4:00-5:15pm)

Credits: 3-4

Mode of Instruction: Online

Syllabus: PS 665

Course provides historical and analytical understanding of Israeli internal political life and institutions. Attention will be paid to political culture, coalition formation and ethnic politics as they are manifested in Israeli politics. The effect of regional conflict upon Israel’s domestic politics will also be considered.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104, 120, 140, 182, 184, INTL ST 101 or POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217) or (POLI SCI 103, 106, or 186 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Course Designation Breadth – Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 681- Senior Honors Thesis

Credits: 3-4

Honors in the major in Political Science thesis research and writing.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Honors – Honors Only Courses (H)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 682 - Senior Honors Thesis

Credits: 3-4

Honors in the major in Political Science thesis research and writing.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Honors – Honors Only Courses (H)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 684 - Senior Honors Thesis Seminar

Instructor: Any Gangl (M 1:20-3:15)

Credits: 3

A class for honors students writing their senior honors thesis within a seminar format. Focus is on conceptualization, research design, writing of the thesis, and relevant issues of political science. Continuation of 683.

PS 691 - Senior Thesis

Credits: 3

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member

PS 692 - Senior Thesis

Credits: 3

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member.

PS 698 - Directed Study

Credits: 1-4

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member.

PS 699 - Directed Study

Credits: 1-4

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member


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PS 104- Introduction to American Politics and Government

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer (TR 9:30-10:45 am)

Syllabus: PS 104 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120- Politics Around the World

Instructors: Nils Ringe (TR 4:00-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 120 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 140- Introduction to International Relations

Instructor: Mark Copelovitch (MW 4;00-5:15)

4 Credits

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 160- Introduction to Political Theory

Instructor: Howard Schweber (MW 2:30-3:45)

4 Credits

Exploration of core problems of political life, such as the nature and limits of obligation, the concept of justice and its political implications, and the relationship between equality and liberty, through a selection of ancient and modern sources.

Requisites Not Open to students with credit for PS 209 prior to fall 2017
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 170- Research Methods in Political Science

Instructors: Jessica Weeks (MW 1:20-2:10)

3 Credits

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 200 prior to fall 2017
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 182- Politics Around the World

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

Syllabus: PS 182 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online, Synchronous

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 199- Directed Study

2 Credits

Directed study projects for freshmen and sophomores as arranged with a faculty member; students should have completed at least one course in POLI SCI.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Course Designation Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit Yes

PS 217- Law, Politics, and Society

Instructor: Melanie Murchison (Online)

3 Credits

Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts.

Requisites Freshmen or sophomore standing only
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 244- Introduction to Southeast Asia: Vietnam to the Philippines

Instructor: Michael Cullinane (TR 9:30-10:45)

4 Credits

As an introduction to Southeast Asia, covers the ethnic, cultural, religious, and political histories of the region from the classical states period to the present, with an emphasis on colonialism, nationalism, decolonization, and the emergence of modern political and social systems into the 21st century, including an exposure to region’s contemporary literature.

Requisites Not open to students who completed LCA 244 prior to fall 2017
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 255- Introduction to East Asian Civilizations

Instructor: Viren Murthy  (TR 2:30-3:45)

4 Credits

Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 259 - Forward? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present

Instructor: Chad Goldberg (T 6:00-7:15 pm)

3 Credits

Engage in ongoing reflection and dialogue on the Wisconsin Idea and how it informs the mission of the University of Wisconsin. Consider the Wisconsin Idea as it has developed since its beginnings, with a focus on what it means today and what it can mean in the future.

Requisites Junior or Senior standing only
Subfield Distribution
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 268- The U.S. & Latin America From the Colonial Era to the Present: A Critical Survey

Instructor: TBD (TR 9:30-10:45)

3 Credits

A critical examination of US-Latin American relations from the colonial era to the present, tracing the emergence and evolution of the United States as a hemispheric and global power and its political and economic impact on Latin America. Primary attention will be focused on US relations with Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, but other Latin American countries will figure prominently during certain episodes.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 270- Understanding Political Numbers

Instructor: Evan Morier (MW 11-11:50)

Syllabus: PS 270 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

How numbers and statistics are used in electoral strategies, political debates and legal proceedings. Presents basic tools of analysis and how to use them.

Requisites Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Quantitative Reasoning Part B

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 274- Political Choice and Strategy

Instructor: Dave Weimer (TR 9:30-10:45)

3 Credits

An introduction to decision analysis, strategic interaction, and voting systems and their manipulation. Examines a wide range of institutions for making social choices and the opportunities for the exercise of political strategy.

Requisites Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A Requirement
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 277- Africa: An Introductory Survey

Instructor: Neil Kodesh Online

4 Credits

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 304 - The Political Economy of Race

Instructor: Benjamin Marquez (TR 1:00-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 304 Fall 2020

3-4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Race in relation to American economic development. Problems of racial minorities in the American political and economic system.

Requisites POLI SCI 104, POLI SCI 184, POLI SCI/LEGAL ST 217, CHICLA 201, or AFROAMER 151
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 305 - Elections and Voting Behavior

Instructor: Barry Burden (MW 3:30-4:20)

Syllabus: PS 305 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

Psychological and social components of voting behavior, current electoral trends, role of voters in the governing process.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 311 - United States Congress

Instructor: David Canon (TR 4:00-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 311 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Principles, procedures and problems of the legislative process of the United States Congress.

Requisites  Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104184, or LEGAL ST/​POLI SCI  217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315- Legislative Internship

Instructor: Amy Gangl (Online)

3 Credits

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 330- Political Economy Of Development

Instructor: Rikhil Bhavnani

Syllabus: PS 330 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online: Synchronous

An introduction to the political economy of development.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 340- The European Union: Politics and Political Economy

Instructor: Nils Ringe (TR 8:00-9:30)

Syllabus: PS 340 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

Introduction to the history and theory of European integration. Topics include the workings of EU institutions and law, the effect of the EU on national politics and economy, economic politics and policy-making in the EU, the EU as an actor in the world economy. Students who have taken POLI SCI 338 prior to Fall 2017 may not enroll in this course.

Requisites PS 120, 140, 182 or INTL ST 101, or Graduate standing
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 345- Conflict Resolution

Instructor: Andrew Kydd (TR 11:00-11:50)

3 Credits

Every war comes to an end, but some end sooner than others. This course analyzes why and how conflicts come to an end, discussion relevant theories of conflict and conflict resolution, and important cases.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 140 or INTL ST 101)
Subfield Distribution Comparative politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 347- Terrorism

Instructor: Andrew Kydd (MW 11-11:50)

3 Credits

Examines the causes of terrorism, goals and strategies pursued by terrorist groups, the consequences of terrorism, and counterterrorism policies adopted by governments.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 359- American Foreign Policy

Instructor: Jon Pevehouse (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 359 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 140, 184, or INTL ST 101) or (PS 103 taken before fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 365- Machiavelli and His World

Instructor: Kristin Phillips-Court (MW 4:30-5:45)

3 Credits

Introduces students to the major works of Machiavelli through the close reading of his writings in cultural and historical contexts. Discussion and targeted writing assignments will aim at cultivating in students 1) a broad understanding of Machiavelli’s principal intellectual attitudes, 2) a deeper understanding of his literary sensibility, and 3) the ability to articulate controversies and complexities surrounding his thought.

Requisites Satisfied Communications A requirement
Course Designation Breadth- Literature

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400- Careers in Political Science

Instructor: Joel Clark (T 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 400 Fall 2020

1 Credit

Mode of Instruction: In-Person

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Introduction to Chinese Politics

Instructor: Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei (TR 4:00-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 400 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Mock Trial

Instructor: Howard Schweber (W 5:00-7:30)

2 Credits

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401- Poli History and Hist Methods

Instructor: John Balz (MF 8-9:15)

Syllabus: PS 401 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online: Synchronous

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401- Conservatism, Liberalism, and the Idea of America

Instructor: Ryan Owens & Daniel Kapust (TR 11:00-12:15)

Syllabus: PS 401 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Presidential Debates

Instructor: Kenneth R. Mayer (W 6:00-7:30)

Syllabus: PS 401 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 408 - The American Presidency

Instructor: José Luis Enríquez Chiñas (MW 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 408 Fall 2020

3-4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online Only

The President as chief administrative leader, political leader, foreign policy initiator, commander-in-chief, and head of state.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 410 - The Civil-Military Paradox in U.S. Politics and Society(U.S. National Security Affairs)

Instructor: Scott Mobley (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 410 Civil-Military Paradox Fall 2020

3 Credits

Protecting a democratic nation from foreign threats often requires that nation to create a powerful military. Yet the creation of a powerful military may undermine the democracy that itis designed to protect. How do, and how should, democracies manage the paradoxical relationship between civilian authority and military institutions? By exploring civilian and military perspectives, this course addresses issues in U.S. civil-military relations such as the use of military advice by civilian leaders, military challenges to civil authority, and tensions generated by shared responsibility for national security between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The course also explores how civil-military relations impact wider American society by examining the garrison state hypothesis; debates centered upon the draft versus an all-volunteer force; issues of equity and inclusion; and current concerns regarding a civil-military “gap.”

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S Intermediate

Mode of Instruction-Blended & Hybrid

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 411- The American Constitution: Powers and Structures of Government

Instructor: Howard Schweber (TR 9:00-10:45)

4 Credits

This course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about powers and structures of government from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include separation of powers, executive war powers, the powers of Congress, judicial review and the role of courts, and federalism. The course focuses on the development of constitutional law, constitutional politics, and American political development.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 414- The Supreme Court as a Political Institution

Instructors: Ryan Owens (TR 4-5:15)

3 Credits

This course uses a social science approach to analyze theories of judicial decision making and to learn how law is made in a political context. Students will understand how the Supreme Court and justices operate in an interdependent political environment.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS / Gen & WS 429 - Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Instructor: Marwa M. Shalaby (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: GWS 429 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

This course aims to provide the students with a sound understanding of the intertwined relationship between gender and politics in contemporary Middle East and North Africa. The first part of this seminar will focus on familiarizing students with the region’s historical, socio-political, and cultural context that have particularly contributed to shaping the current discourse on gender in the Arab World. The second part of this seminar will mainly explore-both theoretically and empirically-the role of Arab women in influencing the political processes across the Middle East. The seminar will conclude by highlighting real-world examples of Middle Eastern women from different parts of the region who have succeeded to challenge the status quo and push for genuine change.

Requisites Sophomore Standing, Declared in Honors Program
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Honors, L&S Credit-Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Christian Political Thought

Instructor: John Boersma

Syllabus: PS 460 Fall 2020

3-4 Credits

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as LAS credit (L&S)

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 461- Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, & Politics

Instructor: Joorahm Kim (MW 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 461 Fall 2020

3 Credits

Mode of Instruction: In-Person

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 470 - The First Amendment

Instructor: TBD (TR 2:30-3:45)

3 Credits

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 511- Campaign Finance

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 511 Fall 2020

4 Credits

Mode of Instruction: Online (Synchronous)

Examination of campaign finance, including: the philosophical rationale behind campaign finance regulations, the history of regulatory frameworks, the influence of campaign contributions on decision making, campaign finance laws in other countries, and reform proposals.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 519 - African American Political Theory

Instructor: Keisha Lindsay (M 1:20-3:15)

3 Credits

Explores a range of theories that African Americans have drawn upon to cope with and ameliorate their political circumstances in the United States within the specific parameters of political theory.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 160 or AFROAMER 151)
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 681- Senior Honors Thesis

3-4 Credits

Honors in the major in Political Science thesis research and writing.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 682- Senior Honors Thesis

Instructor: Amy Gangl

3-4 Credits

Honors in the major in Political Science thesis research and writing.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 683- Senior Honors Thesis Seminar

Instructor: Amy Gangl (M 2:30-3:45)

3 Credits

A class for honors students writing their senior honor thesis within a seminar format. Focus is on conceptualization, research design, writing of the thesis and relevant issues of political science.

Requisites Junior standing and declared in an honors program
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 691- Senior Thesis

3 Credits

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 692- Senior Thesis

3 Credits

For students writing a thesis in consultation with a faculty member.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 698- Directed Study

1-4 Credits

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 699- Directed Study

1-4 Credits

Directed study projects for juniors and seniors as arranged with a faculty member.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 104 - Introduction to American Politics and Government

Instructor: Jose Enriquez Online

Syllabus:

4 Credits

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120 - Politics Around the World

Instructors: Nils Ringe Online

Syllabus:

4 Credits

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 170 - Research Methods in Political Science

Instructors: Jonathan Renshon (Online)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 260 - Latin America: An Introduction

Instructor: Patricia Hernandez (Online)

4 Credits

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 277 - Africa: An Introductory Survey

Instructor: Neil Kodesh (Online)

4 Credits

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315 - Legislative Internship

Instructor: Amy Gangl (Online)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 359 - American Foreign Policy

Instructor: Jon Pevehouse (Online)

3 Credits

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 140, 184, or INTL ST 101) or (PS 103 taken before fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 365 - Machiavelli and his World

Instructor: Kristin Phillips-Court (Online)

3 Credits

Introduces students to the major works of Machiavelli through the close reading of his writings in cultural and historical contexts. Discussion and targeted writing assignments will aim at cultivating in students 1) a broad understanding of Machiavelli’s principal intellectual attitudes, 2) a deeper understanding of his literary sensibility, and 3) the ability to articulate controversies and complexities surrounding his thought.

Requisites Satisfied Communications A requirement
Course Designation Breadth- Literature

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 414 - The Supreme Court as a Political Institution

Instructor: Ryan Owens (Online)

3 Credits

This course uses a social science approach to analyze theories of judicial decision making and to learn how law is made in a political context. Students will understand how the Supreme Court and justices operate in an interdependent political environment.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/LS 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 434 - The Politics of Human Rights

Instructor: Scott Straus (Online)

3 Credits

Examines the origins and development of human rights in international politics. The course discusses what human rights are, international human rights movements, the international search for justice after mass crimes, and international humanitarian intervention

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 439 - The Comparative Study of Genocide

Instructors: Scott Straus (Online)

4 Credits

Examines the phenomenon of genocide in the modern world. The class covers the concept of genocide, theories of why genocide occurs, and particular cases in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 460 - Conservative Political Thought

Instructors: TBD (Online)

4 Credits

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 160 or ILS 205)
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 461 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics

Instructor: Daniel Kapust (Online)

3 Credits

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 470 - The First Amendment

Instructor: Howard Schweber (Online)

3 Credits

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

Spring 2020 Courses


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PS 104 - Introduction To American Politics

Instructor: David Canon (TR 1:00-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 104-David Canon

4 Credits

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content.

Requisites Not open to students who have taken PS 184 or PS 404
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 120-Politics Around the World

Instructors: Nadav Shelef (TR 4:00-5:15)

Syllabus:

4 Credits

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

Requisites Not open to students with credit for PS 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 140 - Introduction to International Relations

Instructor: Anna Oltman (TR 9:30-10:45)

4 Credits

Covers the major issues in international relations since the end of World War II including: the causes of war; civil wars and ethnic conflict; economic development; international trade; exchange rates and international monetary relations; international capital flows and financial crises; foreign direct investment; globalization and the environment; the UN, the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and other international organizations; and international law and human rights. The focus is on states’ relations with each other and the factors determining the nature and outcomes of these international interactions. The course seeks to develop analytical tools for thinking about important questions in world politics regardless of the countries or issues involved, to examine international affairs in a systematic way.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 160 - Introduction to Political Theory

Instructor: Michelle Schwarze (MW 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 160-Michelle Schwarze

4 Credits

Exploration of core problems of political life, such as the nature and limits of obligation, the concept of justice and its political implications, and the relationship between equality and liberty, through a selection of ancient and modern sources.

Requisites Not Open to students with credit for PS 209 prior to fall 2017
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 201 - Ecological Restoration as Civic Engagement

Instructor: John Zumbrunnen (MW 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 201-John Zumbrunnen

3 Credits

An experimental topics course that introduces students to compelling recent events and to the current research of political scientists. This course can be repeated by students, but not with the same content.

Requisites None
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 231 - Politics in Multi-Cultural Societies

Instructor:  Benjamin Marquez (MWF 9:55-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 231-Ben Marquez

4 Credits

Race, ethnicity, and religion as political factors; cultural pluralism, politics, and policy in the United States and selected other multi-cultural politics.

Requisites Freshmen or sophomore standing only
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Ethnic Studies

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 254 - Eastern Europe: An Interdisciplinary Survey

Instructor: David Danaher (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus:

4 Credits

Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of East European culture, society, politics, and literature from its beginnings to the present day.

Requisites None
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Ethnic Studies

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 255 - Introduction to East Asian Civilizations

Instructor: Viren Murthy (TR 4:00-5:15)

4 Credits

Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 260-Latin America an Introduction

Instructor: Patrick Iber (TR 1:00-2:15)

4 Credits

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 270 - Understanding Political Numbers

Instructor: Evan Morier (MW 11-11:50)

Syllabus: PS 270- Evan Morier

3 Credits

How numbers and statistics are used in electoral strategies, political debates and legal proceedings. Presents basic tools of analysis and how to use them.

Requisites Satisfied Quantitative Reasoning (QR) A requirement
Subfield Distribution Research Methods
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Quantitative Reasoning Part B

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 272 - Introduction to Public Policy

Instructor: Devin Judge-Lord (MW 4-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 272-Devin Judge-Lord

3 Credits

Major issues of public policy in such fields as economic management, welfare, education, health, energy and the environment. How public problems develop, approaches to policy-making, why programs succeed and fail.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 277 - Africa: An Introductory Survey

Instructor: James Sweet (TR 8:00-9:15)

4 Credits

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

Requisites None
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 305 - Elections and Voting Behavior

Instructor: Barry Burden (MW 4:35-5:25)

Syllabus: PS 305- Barry Burden

3 Credits

Psychological and social components of voting behavior, current electoral trends, role of voters in the governing process.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 315 - Legislative Internship

Instructor: Amy Gangl (Online)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

Requisites Consent of instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 323 - Islam and World Politics

Instructor: Eunsook Jung (MW 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 323-Eunsook Jung

4 Credits

Examines the multifaceted nature of political Islam in the contemporary world. Starting with the basic tenants of Islam, and key concepts and theoretical understandings of the relationships between Islam and politics, the course builds on the approaches developed in the first part of the course examining how Islam has influenced politics differently in various parts of the world including the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Students will familiarize themselves with theoretical debates about the roles of Islam in politics; analyze the impact of Islam on politics in the contemporary world; and gain empirical knowledge about how Islam functions differently in various countries.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 329 - African Politics

Instructor: Aili Tripp (MW 8:00-9:15)

Syllabus: PS 329- Aili Tripp

3 Credits

Process of rapid political change in contemporary Africa with special emphasis on the emergence of new states.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 120, 182 or 277
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 332 - German Politics

Instructor: Nils Ringe (TR 4:00-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 332- Nils Ringe

3 Credits

A broad overview of politics in Germany, Europe’s politically and economically most powerful country. The course is structured around several broad themes: political institutions, electoral system and elections, parties and party system, interest representation, political participation, political economy, the legacies of Germany’s past, social policy, European and foreign policy, and current and future challenges. Throughout the semester, we will relate the German experience to broader issues, problems, and concepts used in the comparative study of domestic politics.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 120 or 182
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 335 - Social Identities

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

Syllabus:

3 Credits

An introduction to theories and empirical work on social identities, focusing in particular on definitions and measurement. It has three main goals: First, examine various definitions of social identities and different types of identities (ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, class, and religion). Second, look at techniques and strategies that have been developed to measure identities (content and discourse analysis, surveys, interviews and ethnography, censuses). Third, examine empirical works on identities from a variety of geographical areas and methodological perspectives.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 343 - Theories of International Security

Instructor: Scott Mobley (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 343-Scott Mobley

3 Credits

Role of alliances in contemporary and historical international political systems. Purpose of alliance formation; reasons for their dissolution; relationship of alliance activity with international war and with political integration. Role of alliances in future international systems.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

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PS 348 - Analysis of International Relations

Instructor: Lisa Martin (TR 11:00-11:50)

Syllabus: PS 348- Lisa Martin

3 Credits

Focuses on how to analyze problems in international politics by the use of game theory. Examples include governments making choices about the size of their military forces, barriers to trade, or international agreements on environmental issues. Analysts study strategic interaction using both informal and mathematical methods. Provides a good introduction to the basics of game theory — a tool useful in many different settings — as well as an introduction to the study of world politics. From the perspective of quantitative reasoning, one of the most important set of lessons center on the logic of strategic interaction and the notion of equilibrium. Along with basic game theory students will also be introduced to the pragmatic use of mathematical tools including algebra, set theory, functions, and probability theory.

Requisites Satisfied QR A requirement and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 350 - International Political Economy

Instructor: TBD  (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Analyzes the interaction of politics and economics in the international arena, both historically and in the contemporary era of globalization. Focuses on international trade, monetary, and financial relations in both developed and developing economies.

Requisites Sophomore standing and PS 140 or Intl St 101
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

Breadth: Social Science

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 355 - Labor in the Americas: US & Mexico in Comparative & Historical Perspective

Instructor: Patrick Barrett (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Provides a critical examination of the history of labor and working people in the Americas, from the colonial era to the present. It focuses on the experience of the United States and Mexico, offering a comparative perspective on their distinct but also shared (and increasingly linked) histories. The seminar proceeds chronologically, highlighting major episodes in the evolution of labor systems in the two countries, beginning with the colonial labor systems implemented by the Spanish and British empires following the European conquest of the Western Hemisphere. Among other topics, we will examine the pivotal role of slavery and other forms of forced labor, the impact of the industrial revolution, the emergence and expansion of corporate capitalism and the labor unrest it provoked in the post-civil war U.S., the role of labor in the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath, the impact of the Great Depression and labor incorporation on the post-WWII social and political order of both countries, the breakdown of that order and the move to neo-liberalism in the 1970s and 1980s, and the emergence of an increasingly integrated North American production system and its consequences for labor and working people on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Requisites Sophomore Standing
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Elementary

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 359 - American Foreign Policy

Instructor: Ann Rivlin (MW 9:55-10:45 AM)

Syllabus: PS 359-Ann Rivlin

3 Credits

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 140, 184, or INTL ST 101) or (PS 103 taken before fall 2017) or graduate standing
Subfield Distribution International Relations
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 361 - Contemporary American Political Thought

Instructor: John Zumbrunnen (MWF 8:50-9:40AM)

Syllabus: PS 361-John Zumbrunnen

3 Credits

This course considers central themes and controversies in American political thinking during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics include the development of liberalism from the Progressive Era to the New Deal to the Great Society and beyond; the emergence of new strands of conservatism after World War II and the tensions between those strands; challenges by excluded and marginalized groups to the traditional social and political order; and the revival of concerns about “community” in America. As a topic of study, “American Political Thought” combines philosophy, political theory, history, and practical politics. The course covers a wide variety of texts, ranging from philosophical treatises to newspaper articles, from presidential addresses to works of social science with ultimate goal to become more knowledgeable and more critical students of the American political experience.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 160 or ILS 205)
Subfield Distribution Political Theory
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 373 - Introduction to Survey Research

Instructor: Eleanor Powell (MW 9:55-10:45)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

Theory and practice of survey research; planning, sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, content analysis, machine tabulation, analysis of data; two hours lecture; two hours lab or field work.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution Political Numbers
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Careers in Political Science

Instructor: Joel Clark (T 11:00-1:00)

Syllabus: PS 400-Steven Brooke

1 Credit

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 400 - Middle East Politics

Instructor: Steven Brooke (TR 11:00-12:15)

Syllabus:

4 Credit

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Leg Writ, from Couns to Advoca

Instructor: Dustin Brown (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 401- Dustin Brown

3 Credit

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 401 - Authoritarianism

Instructor: Steven Brooke (TR 8:00-(;15)

Syllabus: PS 401-Steven Brooke

3 Credit

A topics course for the exploration of current issues in Political Science.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Course Designation Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 408 - The American Presidency

Instructor: Kenneth Mayer (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 408- Ken Mayer

4 Credits

The President as chief administrative leader, political leader, foreign policy initiator, commander-in-chief, and head of state.

Requisites Sophomore standing
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 411 - The American Constitution: Powers and Structures of Government

Instructor: Howard Schweber (TR 1:00-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 411-Howard Schweber

4 Credits

This course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about powers and structures of government from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include separation of powers, executive war powers, the powers of Congress, judicial review and the role of courts, and federalism. The course focuses on the development of constitutional law, constitutional politics, and American political development.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104 or 184)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 416 - Community Power and Grass Roots Politics

Instructor:  Benjamin Marquez (TR 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 416-Ben Marquez

3 Credits

This course is designed to introduce students involved in volunteer or community activism in the Madison area to the literature on political power and community organizing. Students are required to conduct field research and write an analysis of their activities.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/LS 217)
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

General Education: Ethnic Studies

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 417 - The American Judicial System

Instructors: Alex Tahk (TR 11:00-12:15)

Syllabus: PS 417-Alex Tahk

4 Credits

Structure, process, and personnel of American courts; emphasis on the governmental and political consequences of court decisions for public policy-making.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 439 - The Comparative Study of Genocide

Instructors: Scott Straus (TR 1:00-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 439-Scott Straus

4 Credits

Examines the phenomenon of genocide in the modern world. The class covers the concept of genocide, theories of why genocide occurs, and particular cases in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (PS 104, 184 or PS/Legal ST 217)
Subfield Distribution Comparative Politics
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Intermediate

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 461 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics

Instructor: Nathaniel Gilmore (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus:

3 Credits

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Course Designation Breadth- Humanities, Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 481 - Honors Seminar on Race and Politics in the US

Instructor: David Canon (M 3:30-5:35)

Syllabus: PS 481-David Canon

3 Credits

This course examines the sources and policy implications of racial division in American politics by analyzing a range of issues, such as affirmative action in the workplace and in higher education, the use of black majority districts as a means of enhancing representation of minority interests in Congress, differences in public opinion between whites and blacks, and issues concerning multi-racial and ethnic tensions. We will examine the historical background of race relations and the current policy debates, with a focus on trying to find common-ground solutions. The goal of this seminar is to stimulate critical thinking on this important issue, causing students to think about race and politics in new ways.

Requisites Junior standing and declared an honors program
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 601 - The Supreme Court's 2019 Term

Instructors: Ryan Owens  (W 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 601- Ryan Owens

3 Credits

Intensive study and research in selected problems within the constituent fields of political science.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No

PS 601 - Constitutional Studies

Instructor: Howard Schweber (F 1:20-3:15)

Syllabus: PS 601-Howard Schweber

3 Credits

Intensive study and research in selected problems within the constituent fields of political science.

Requisites Consent of Instructor
Subfield Distribution American Government
Course Designation Breadth- Social Science

Level- Advanced

L&S Credit- Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

Repeatable for Credit No