Courses


Fall 2019 Courses


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PS 104- Introduction to American Politics and Government

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

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: Steven Brooke (TR 8-9:15)

Syllabus: PS 120 – Steven Brooke

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: Mark Copelovitch (MW 2:30-3:45)

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: Daniel Kapust (TR 1-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 160- Daniel Kapust

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: Jonathan Renshon (TR 11-11:50)

Syllabus: PS 170- Jonathan Renshon

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: Steven Brooke (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 182 – Steven Brooke

3 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 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: Kathryn Hendley (TR 11-12:15)

Syllabus: PS 217 – Kathryn Hendley

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: Anatoly Detwyler (TR 8-9:15)

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 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 266- The Development of Modern Western Political Thought

Instructor: Nathaniel Gilmore (TR 8-9:15)

Syllabus: PS 266- Nate Gilmore

3 Credits

Exploration of core problems in modern European political thought, such as the nature and origins of obligation, the relationship between religion and politics, and representation, through a selection of modern sources.

Requisites Sophomore standing and (POLI SCI 160 or ILS 205) or (POLI SCI 209 taken prior to Fall 2017)
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 268- The U.S. & Latin America From the Colonial Era to the Present: A Critical Survey

Instructor: Patrick Barrett (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: Adeline Lo (MW 11-11:50)

Syllabus: PS 270- Adeline Lo

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: Eileen Harrington (MW 4-5:15)

PS 272-Eileen Harrington

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: Neil Kodesh (TR 9:30-10:45)

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 302- Mexican-American Politics

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

Syllabus: PS 302- Ben Marquez

3 Credits

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 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 328- Politics of East and Southeast Asia

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

Syllabus: PS 328- Eunsook Jung

4 Credits

Asia is a vibrant region politically and economically, and is very important to the United States for international security and economic stability. Given its importance, this course provides broad and essential knowledge about Asian nations with a particular focus on China, South Korea, North Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Country studies are intended to introduce major issues in comparative politics such as democratization, elections, economic development, security, religion and politics. This course will enable students to (1) gain an empirical and analytical understanding of the political dynamics of the region; (2) think comparatively within the regime and across the developing world more generally; and (3) address and debate theoretical questions in political science through Asian politics materials.

 

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 334- Russian Politics

Instructor: Kathryn Hendley (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 334 – Kathryn Hendley

3 Credits

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

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 347- Terrorism

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

Syllabus: PS 347-Andy Kydd

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 356- Principles of International Law

Instructor: Ben Power (TR 2:30-3:45)

Syllabus: PS 356 – Ben Power

4 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 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 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 365- Machiavelli and His World

Instructor: Kristin Phillips-Court (TR 2:30-3:45)

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-Joel Clark

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 401- Poli History and Hist Methods

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

Syllabus:PS 401 – John Balz Updated

3 Credits

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- The Founding Fathers

Instructor: Ryan Owens (W 7:45-9:40)

Syllabus: PS 401 – Ryan Owens

3 Credits

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 1-2:15)

Syllabus: PS 408- Kenneth 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 412- The American Constitution: Rights and Civil Liberties

Instructor: Howard Schweber (TR 4-5:15)

4 Credits

This 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 (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 419- Administrative Law

Instructors: Ryan Owens, Marcy Shieh (MW 4-5:15)

Syllabus: PS 419- Ryan Owens

4 Credits

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

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

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

Syllabus: PS 461-Daniel Kapust

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 469- Women and Politics

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

Syllabus:PS 469-Aili Tripp

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: Howard Schweber (TR 1-2:15)

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 (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 9:30-10:45)

Syllabus: PS 511-Kenneth Mayer

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 (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 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