Political Science Course List
Introduction to world and American ethnic and indigenous cultures and to social constructions of human and group identity, nationalism and extreme ethno-nationalism. History of the political, economic, and cultural transition from primordial communities to sovereign states. Introduction to the rise of racism, sexism, ethnicism, classism, nativism, and xenophobia in modern societies and episodes of mass political violence including ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Introduction to government and politics of the United States, the Constitution, and various institutional designs and structures. Focus on political culture, interest groups, political parties, and elections. Roles and responsibilities of Congress, bureaucracy, Presidency, and federal courts; Discussion of selected current policy issues.
Government and politics of selected countries in the world: the necessity for government; the nature of politics and governmental systems; specific types of political systems; the effects and consequences of institutional designs; linkages of people and governments through political parties, interest groups, and social movements; current political issues.
Introduces students to the fields of International Studies and Political Science and their respective subfields. Familiarizes students with the undergraduate programs in International Studies and Political Science and emphasizes student preparation for careers in the respective fields. Focuses on inquiry, problem-solving, and integration of ideas and experiences with a focus on International Studies and Political Science. Familiarizes students with the basic principles of the research and writing principles.
Examines central themes involved in the practices of normative political theory. Topics will include critical review of the historical origins, extablished traditions, and major themes in normative political thinking.
Introduction to research in political science; formulation of theory, operationalization and measurement, gathering, analysis and interpretation of data. Pre: 1014 or 1014H, 1024 or 1024H.
Geographical dimensions of global conflicts, international 'managment' of conflicts, conflicts of differences, historical, ideological, failed states and resources will be examined. Background to conflicts, current status of conflicts, different points of view in conflict. Topics in the course will change as the geography of global conflict changes.
Introduction to the prevalent methods and theories in the study of world politics. Topics include: historical context of contemporary world politics, global actors and power relations, conflict and conflict resolution, international law, and contemporary global issues
An introduction to the interaction of politics and economics, power and wealth, within the world political economy. Topics include: the international financial system, the dynamics and principles of trade, and the role of transnational firms, as well as issues of environmental protection, sustainable development, and the distribution of wealth and power.
Explores the roles of law and legal institutions within the United States. Focuses on structures and processes of government from a constitutional perspective; the politics of law-making and law-enforcement by legislative, executive, and judicial institutions; and relationships between law and society. Pre: PSCI 1014, PSCI 1014H or credit equivalent. (3H, 3C)
Examines the evolution of the international system and focuses on the political, economic, societal, and technological processes that shape the relations among states and people. Investigates topics such as the role of religion, culture, and civilizations in world affairs; the globalization of the European system and the question of human equality; the impact of colonialism and postcolonialism on the question of justice and rights; and the effects of imperialism, capitalism, and globalization on world order. (3H, 3C)
Geographical dimensions of the global economy since World War II. Globalization and the emergence of a new international division of labor. The relative decline of the United States and the growth of Japan, East Asia, and the European Union. Changing geographies of foreign direct investment location. Places and regions in geo-economic discourse. Population and resources issues in the early twenty-first century.
Integrated study of philosophy, politics, and economics. Trains students to make decisions that are not only economically sound, but also socially, ethically, and politically, informed. Topics included: models of human nature, rational choice theory, social cooperation, distributive justice, markets, and democracy.
Designed to teach students how to synthesize skills and information learned in their political science and international studies classes. Exploration of various career options, graduate school options, and proper procedures for seeking and applying for employment and graduate school. Introduction to professionalism in the workplace and professional development in the area of political science and international studies. Junior Standing (3H, 3C)
Analysis of the fundamental ideas in the history of political theory. 3015: The thought and ethical implications of philosophers from the ancient Greeks to early modern times. Analysis of writings from Plato through medieval theorists to those of the Seventeenth Century. 3016: The thought and ethical implications of philosophers from the late Seventeenth Century to the present. Analysis of key concepts in the thought of theorists from the early modern period until the present. Pre: 2014.
Role of the discipline of geography in the origins, procedures, and history of CIA. Role of the CIA in providing national intelligence at both strategic and operational levels. Origins and changes to the CIA since WWII. Capabilities to support both policy-makers and national security entities. Case studies illustrating the CIA's operations in different regions of the world.
Introduces the various theoretical approaches to security. Examines key concepts in the field of security studies, such as uncertainty, polarity, war, coercion, terrorism, intelligence, genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic conflict, and human security. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054. (3H, 3C)
Explores various theoretical approaches to security and discusses traditional and non-traditional security issues. Focuses on global and international and regional security challenges and examines alternative strategic and tactical solutions for addressing them. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054.
Selected world problems and how they affect various countries. Each semester, a topic will be chosen.
Introduces students to the field of intelligence studies. Focuses on the structure, role, and capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community and investigates the relationship between intelligence and national security strategy. Addresses topics pertaining to data collection and intelligence analysis, covert operations and counterintelligence. PSCI 3125: Intelligence and National Security
PSCI 3126: The Intelligence Process
Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 20154 for PSCI 3125; PSCI 3125 for PSCI 3126 (3H, 3C)
Focuses on the causes, legal and moral constraints, impacts, and consequences of conflict and war. Explores historical and contemporary cases of conflict and war and investigates the role of state and non-state actors in these conflicts. Examines the impact of technology, religion, culture, and identity on the present and future of war. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 (3H, 3C)
PSCI 3135: Analyzes the theory and practice of conventional warfare and investigates how strategic thought has influenced and shaped modern warfare
PSCI 3136: Examines the theory and practice of irregular warfare and focuses on the theory and practice of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism
Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 for PSCI 3135: PSCI 3135 for PSCI 3136. (3H, 3C)
Examines the norms, institutions, practices, and processes developed by the international community to address global problems such as poverty, pandemics, global warming, displaced persons, and transnational crime. Utilizes theories of decision-making and policy-making and investigates the role of states, international governmental and non-governmental organizations, coalitions and corporations in global public policy-making. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 and PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
Examines in depth selected global public policies pertaining to health, energy, environment, development, education, refugees, or labor. May be repeated with different content for a maximum of nine (9) credits. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 and PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
PSCI 3165: International Trade – Focuses on the operations of global and regional international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and examines their policies and regulations. Pre: PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
PSCI 3166: International Finance – Focuses on the operations of global and regional international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, the European Union (EU), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and examines their policies and regulations. Pre: PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
PSCI 3175: The Politics of Development - Examines issues and politics of the developing world and investigates the forces that promote or cut off economic development in low-income countries. Discusses development issues in various world regions. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 and PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C).
PSCI 3176: Economic Development - Emphasizes economic development and focuses on domestic and international policies aiming at addressing poverty in the developing world. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 and PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
Introduces the field of human security and examines the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues surrounding it. Identifies the relevant human security actors, explores the tools of human security, and discusses the application of human security. Investigates the implications of human security and discusses its future. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054. (3H, 3C)
Examines the fundamentals of nuclear strategy and investigates the politics associated with the acquisition and proliferation of nuclear weapons. Focuses on nuclear doctrines and policies and explores international efforts associated with nuclear arms control and disarmament. Analyzes the nuclear postures of various nuclear states. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054. (3H, 3C)
Levels and types of political participation; reasons for participation; who participates and why; effects of political activity on political processes. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Sources and distribution of public opinion; measurement of public opinion; relationships between public opinion and public policy; institutions linking public opionion to government decisions. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Voting, elections, and support for political parties and party leaders in the United States and other Western democracies; impact of economic conditions on political support and patterns of realignment and dealignment. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Distribution of political information; elite-mass communication; alternative models of political communication; communication and telecommunications policy. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Explore the role of the mass media in contemporary American politics by examining the development of media as sources of social and political influence. Study of news organizations, their coverage of electoral and issue campaigns, and their impact on candidates and voters. Includes the role of new technologies in campaigns.
Studies the status and political behavior of selected political minorities. 3255: compares African-, Mexican-, and Native-Americans. 3256: examines diverse political responses to traditional gender roles, current gender issues, and the unique gender problems facing people of color. Pre: 1014 or 1024.
Formation, structure, activities, and regulation of interest groups; comparison of American interest groups with those in other countries; evaluation of interest groups as participants in the political process. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Development, organizaiton, activities, and personnel of political parties; citizens' partisan attitudes and behavior; origins, characteristics, stability, and changes of party systems. Pre: 1014 or 1014H or 1024 or 1024H.
Congressional structure; organization and procedure; characteristics of members of Congress; Congressional elections; decision-making and external influences; change and reform. Pre: 1014 or 104H.
Election, institutionalization, staffing, relations with Congress, and the bureaucracy; initiation and implementation of public policy. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Structure and functions of American legal institutions; participants in the process, impact of legal institutions on society. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Critical examination of major global environmental problems (e.g., global warming, atmospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, tropical deforestation, toxic waste) with emphasis on their social, economic, political, ethical, and policy implications and solutions. Pre: completion of Area 4 of University Core.
Power and authority of president, Congress, and courts; division of powers between states and federal government. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Civil rights and liberties; rights of criminal defendants; competing conceptions of constitutional rights. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
The role and context of public administration in the contemporary United States, administrative organization and decision-making, public finance, human resources administration, and program implementation. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Institutions, funcitons, and policies of state, county, and municipal governments in the U.S.; issues confronting these governments inthe federal system. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Basic concepts of urban of urban politics; governmental structures, policy processes, and political conflicts in U.S. cities, policy option for coping with urban problems. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
The legal context of the exercise of discretion by public administrators in the United States. Adjudication and rule-making; access to administrative processes and information; legislative and judicial control of administration. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Introduction to the political systems of Latin American countries, including legislative-eecutive relations, interest groups, political parties, electoral systems, political violence, and socio-political development. Pre: 1014H or 1024.
The government and politics of selected European states and of the European Union. 3513: normally includes the United Kingdom. 3516: normally includes Germany and Hungary. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Institutions, party structures, political economy, elite politics, ethnic conflicts, leadership dynamics, and mass political behavior in Russia and other post-communist political systems. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Survey of major concepts and themes in the study of African politics and development: analyses of the state, political institutions, social forces, democratization, sustainable development, issues of contemporary African politics. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
This course provides a survey on the political history of the State of Israel and highlights major themes uniquely characterizing the specific events surrounding its establishmentand its first 50 years of existence. Additionally, the course will add a comparative dimension by using the political history of Israel as a case study to discuss major themes in political science such a s democracy, government, political economy, etc. Pre: 1024 or 1024H or JUD 2134.
Economic policies and collective choice processes of pre-industrial, industrializing, and advanced industrial states; problems and crises of industrial development, economic distribution, and technological transfer in the transition from an agrarian to advanced industrial society. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Historical origins, political processes, and institutional outcomes of violent political change, rising from mass protest movements, revolutionary organization, military coups, and radical political parties. Pre 1024 or 1024H.
Introduction to governmental institutions, patterns of political organization and behavior, and key policies of the Japanese political system. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Introduction to governmental institutions, political behavior, and social and economic policy approaches of China and other selected countries in the Asian region. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Structure and development of the modern international system; theories of international politics; international law; international organizations. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054 or PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064 for 3615; PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 or PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064 for 3616.
Focuses on actors. issues, and processes pertaining to foreign policy formulation and implementation. Examines theoretical and historical perspectives on foreign policy analysis. Investigates the national security, foreign policy, and diplomacy nexus. Discusses types of diplomacy and diplomatic methods. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054.
3625: Formulation of American foreign policy; roles of the President, Congress, press, public, and bureaucracy; central themes, issues, and problems of American diplomacy; 3626: Development and operational practices of Russian foreign policy; decision-making in the international environment; party and state political institutions; Marxist-Leninist ideology. Pre: 1024 or 1024H.
Identification, articulation and clarification of the relationship between human rights and other contemporary internation phenomena, issues, events, and processes that affect human rights. Detailed consideration of the diverse traditions and cultural interpretations of human rights. Pre: 1024 or 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054.
A survey of the historical and contemporary struggles of indigenous pepoles throughout the world. Examines the dynamics of colonialism (internal and external), identity construction, gender, cultural integrity, and the ongoing global indigennous rights discourse. In addition to covering broad global processes/theoretical approaches, comparative case studies of particular indigenous groups, such as the Maasai (Kenya, Tanzania) and Mayans (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize), are used to highlight the global, regional and intra-community diversity among contemporary indigenous peoples.
Focuses on the causes of war and the conditions of peace. Examines the logic, levels, and outcomes of strategy and investigates the impact of international law and politics on the use of force. Explores contemporary strategic theory and discusses curerent issues in grand strategy. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054.
Description and analysis of the processes and institutions involved in the making and implementation of public policy in the United States, with a primary focus on domestic and economic policy. Empirical and normative models of the process of public policy making in the U.S. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Public policies regarding the poor, impact of current policies, andd future policy options. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
Post-1945 strategic problems, policies, and security commitments of major participants in international politics, especially the United States and Russia; effects of security policies on international and domestic political economies. Pre: 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054.
Investigates the purposes, contexts, and processes of national security policymaking both in the United States and in other states around the world. 3735: Focuses on Homeland Security.
PSCI 3736: Focuses on Defense Policy
Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GOEG 2054; PSCI 3735 for PSCI 3736. (3H, 3C)
Methods and approaches used in the analysis and evaluation of public policy; strengths and limitations of various analytic tools; normative issues in the practice of policy analysis. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
American political theory from the pre-revolutionary era to the present. American contribution to the understanding of freedom equality, political community, constitutionalism, political dissent, and the welfare state. Pre: 1014 or 1014H.
History and critiques of classical theories of democracy; contradictions within and contemporary problems facing democracy; future of democracy according to conservative, liberal, and radical theoretical perspectives. Pre: 2014 (3015 or 3016).
Contemporary uses of Marxian concepts and theories to study the world economy, business structure, current social issues, modern ethical values, and alientation. Pre: 2014, (3016 or 3554).
Theoris of the origins of politics and government; evidence of state formation in prehistoric societies; political behavior in contemporary pre-literate societies as precursor to state formation. Pre: 2014 (3015 or 3016).
Examines approaches to the categorizations and causes of terrorism and discusses national and regional understanding of terrorism. Explores offical and popular understandings of terrorism over time and across regions and investigates how social actors legitimate their use of violence. Focuses on the development of useful counterterrorism policies and utilizes case studies in terrorism and couterterrorism to emphasize the link between theory and practice. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054.
Examines in depth selected topics in diplomacy, strategy, and national security including issues pertaining to international conflict and cooperation; dimensions of national power; objectives of national policy and implementation of national strategy; diplomatic negotiations; and conflict resolution. Senior Standing. Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054. (3H, 3C)
Examines the fundamentals of policy analysis and formulation and emphasizes research and writing on topics pertaining to diplomacy, security, and foreign policy. Focuses on policy analysis and evaluation and concentrates on policy design. Emphasizes preparation and presentation of policy reports. May be taken three times for credit with different policy topics. Pre: Junior standing.
Examines theoretical and historical approaches to global political economy and discusses their practical implications. Focuses on issue areas such as production, trade, money, finance, and investment and analyzes their implications for the global economic and political order. Investigates issues pertaining to economies of development and in transition. Senior Standing. Pre: PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064. (3H, 3C)
Examines how economic and political forces interact in the developing world, discusses the history of these interactions from the pre-colonial period to the present, and explores how colonialism shaped the developing world’s economic and political trajectories. Utilizes case studies, historical analysis, and development economics to better understand the economic and political condition of countries in the developing world. Senior Standing. Pre: PSCI 2064 or IS 2064 or GEOG 2064 (3H, 3C)
Political behavior: socialization, voting, opinion formation and expression, decision-making in government, as explained by peronality, rationality, culture, class, and institutional roles. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing. Pre: 3214 or 3224 or 3234 or 3244 or 3264 or 3274.
Selected topics in political institutions, including decision-making, types and structures of political institutions, internal and external influences on institutional behavior. Topics vary from semester to semester. Must have senior standing. X-grade allowed. Pre: 3314 or 3324 or 3334 or 3515 or 3516 or 3524.
Cases, law review articles, and related materials containing describing, or commenting on major decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing. Pre: 3354 or 3364.
Selected topics in public administration, including norms of practice, government personnel, administrative process, adminstrative law, privatizing, and contracting. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing. Pre: 3414 or 3424 or 3444.
Selected topics in the comparative analysis of political behavior, processes, and institutions; cross-national institutional and aggregate data analysis. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing. Pre: 3525 or 3526 or 3524 or 3554 or 3564 or 3514 or 3534 or 3544 or 3574 or 3584.
Selected topics in international relations incluring objectives of national policy, dimensions and components of national power, comparative diplomacy, international conflict and cooperation, instruments for conflict resolution. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing and any two of the prerequisites. Pre: 3615 or 3616 or 3625 or 3626 or 3734.
This seminar is the integrative forum for the principal elements of the Washington Semester experience. The course explores both the role of political institutions in policy formation adn implementation and the primary managerial and leadership challenges that arise for implementing organization managers in American democratic public policy-making. Pre: Junior standing or instructor consent and acceptance into the Washington Semester program. X-grade allowed.
This course is part of the Washington Semester. Explores the relationship between the imperatives of democratic mobilization, policy choices and organizational choices thorugh intensive study of the operating context of a selected public or nonprofit organization. Examines implications of policy-maker choices for implemeniting institution dynamics and challenges. Pre: 3714, junior standing and acceptance into the Washington Semester program. X-grade allowed.
Theoretical, analytical, and methodological approaches used to assess government activities and public policy. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing. Pre: 3724, 3734.
Selected topics in analytic political philosophy, contemporary ideologies, and democratic theory. Topics vary from semester to semester as announced. Must have senior standing and any two of the prerequisites. Pre: 3015 or 3016 or 3764 or 3754 or 3774.
Examines alternative perspectives on peace, security, and international intervention and their implications for policy. Focuses on the role international organizations and other actors in conflict resolution and peace-building to highlight the link between theory and practice. Pre: 3616.
Investigates the purpose, context, and process of multilateral diplomacy and focuses on the strategies and tactics associated with it. Examines format and products of multilateral conferences, decision-making process, negotiations, mediation, delegation management, and conference management. Utilizes case studies and simulations.
PSCI 4735: focuses on multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations
PSCI 4736: focuses on multilateral diplomacy in the framework of regional international organizations
Pre: PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 for PSCI 4735; PSCI 2054 or IS 2054 or GEOG 2054 for PSCI 4736 (3H, 3C)
Examines the impact of historical experience and bureaucratic structures on intelligence analysis. Discusses the contents of the intelligence agenda and explores issues pertaining to intelligence analysis. Focuses on the intelligence process and offers a target-centric approach to intelligence analysis. Emphasizes and evaluates the use of structures analytic techniques in intelligence analysis. Pre: IS 2054 or PSCI 2054 or GEOG 2054.
Qualifies students are plaved in an administrative or legislative staff position under the combined supervision of a faculty member and a responsible supervisor in the employing agency. Detailed reports on the internship experience and a specific project will be required of each intern. (Variable credit to a maximum of 6 credits for a fukk-time position over an entire semester). Pre: Three hours of appropriate advanced American government courses, junior standing, a screening intervies, GPA of 3.00 or better, and consent from the departmental advisor. X-grade allowed
Advanced topics at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics, Core methods and concepts: utility theory, game theory, social choice theory, public choice theory, markets, justice, and democracy. Senior research project. Pre: Senior standing and PHIL 2984 or PSCI 2984 or ECON 2984.