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The purposes, problems, and strategies of political science research, emphasizing concept and hypothesis formulation, operationalization, research design, data collection techniques, data processing, and multivariate data analysis.

The purposes, problems, and strategies of political science research, emphasizing concept and hypothesis formulation, operationalization, research design, data collection techniques, data processing, and multivariate data analysis.

Theoretical foundations of collaborative policy and governance approaches are examined. Strategies and methods for forming and sustaining collaborative coalitions are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate the effectiveness of collaborative approaches in different policy domains.


Selected topics in contemporary political theory, including different models of social science inquiry and the use of basic concepts like power, ideology, rationality, and the state in the study of politics.

Analysis of selected perspectives on politics including: rational choice theory, critical theory, neo-marxism, neo-conservatism, post-industrialism, and post-structuralism.

Examines theoretical issues in the study of global conflicts. Reviews theories of nationalism, states and territory as factors. Examines dynamics of contemporary conflicts from different regions of globe as case studies illustrting theoretical issues. Reviews role of leaders in conflict processes. Graduate Standing.

Overview of the dynamics, policies, governance, and citizenship regimes associated with the phenomenon of transnational migration. The course will emphasize local, national, and supranational examples and comparisons to explore these themes. Graduate standing.

The legislative process in American state and federal governments including recruitment of members, organization and functioning of legislative systems, and relations with both constituents and other branches.

The executive office and bureaucracy of American state and federal governments including recruitment, organization of executive branches, decision making, leadership styles, and relations with other branches.

The American judicial system including recruitment of personnel, uses of the courts, judicial policy, relations with other branches, judicial behavior, and the impact of court decisions.

Approaches to the study of political behavior including political psychology, rational choice, biopolitics, socialization, communication, public opinion, and political participation.

Approaches to policy analysis and program evaluation including the techniques appropriate to various stages of the policy process.

Examines policy developments and practices that move beyond the conceptual divisions and policy operations begun during the 1970's, which largely divided the more natural science- based environmental sciences from social science-based environmental based studies. Mixes the insights of life science, physical science, social science, applied humanities, and public policy into a cohesive conceptual and operational approach to environmental protection in the 21st century. Graduate standing.

Examines applications of information technology in government from the point of view of governments and citizens. Survey of the relationship between e-government e-democracy and of government management techniques. Explores problematic issues related to e-government, such as privacy, the digital divide, and information security.

Place-based identities and intersectional inequalities. Influence of these interrelated dimensions on the study of forced and voluntary migrations within and across national borders, and such discourses as home, belonging, nationhood, and citizenship.

Political patterns and processes of development in selected democracies in Europe, North America, and Asia emphasizing the political problems of contemporary industrial societies and their likely evolution in a "post-industrial" era.

Political processes and developmental trends in communist and post-communist systems in Russia and other CIS states, Eastern Europe, the People's Republic of China, and the Third World. Current economic, political, and social issues and their likely development.

Political structures, economic growth, and cultural frameworks of developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America emphasizing the political and economic challenges of industrial development in a global economy.

Theories of international organizations and relations among nations focusing on research in foreign policy formulation and implementation, international integration, conflict resolution, and global political economy.

In-depth study and critical evaluation of selected complex issues related to information technology, society, governance, and public policy. Focused attention is given to theoretical and methodological foundations of the area of inquiry and to specific domains of policymaking and implementation. Topics will be selected from IT-related issues in such areas of concern as: cities, local communities, nonprofit organizations, governments, and global networks. May be repeated on a different topic. Must meet prerequisite or have permission of the instructor.

Provides an overview of the critical study of security in world politics. Introduces alternative conceptualizations of security to the military-focused, state-centric security/strategic studies. Considers constructivist, post-structuralist and critical theoretic attempts to conceptualize the nature of security. Compares and contrasts these approaches with widely-accepted understandings of security in light of key debates in contemporary security studies.

Examination of the norms, institutions and practices developed by the international community to address systemic global governance problems: genocide, failed states, transnational corruption, displaced persons, AIDS, poverty. Role of United States in World community examined. Power of international organizations versus states. Capacity problems of both. Future of United Nations and global governance considered. Graduate Standing.

Covers U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War, the stalemate with the Soviet Union, armament and arms control, containment and deterrence, detente and Reaganism, and the end of the Cold War. Briefly covers events from 1989 to the present. Designed for students with an interest in foreign policy and global affairs. Prereqs or instructor's permission.

Examines the key theoretical sources and major practical applications of discourse analysis as a contemporary social science methodology. Origins, major variants, and critical uses of discourse analysis in cultural studies, semiotic methods, policy analysis, and organizational communication techniques also are considered. Graduate standing.

Security examined as an essentially contested concept. Traditional national security and emergent global security discourses and agendas explained. Security institutions and organizations analyzed. Questions of power, identity and representation examined as factors delimiting security conceptions, practices and agendas. Graduate Standing.

Course offers a historical and analytical evaluation of U.S. foreign policy after this epochal change especially with regard to the war on terror, geopolitics in the Middle East, and relations with new global powers after the end of the Cold War.

Provides a systematic review of regional organizations, the theories and factors that explain their recent emergence and an analytical framework for studying regional policy objectives such as peace and security, economic growth, environmental protection and the pursuit of human rights. Regional variations between Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East are examined.

Historical origins, institutional foundations, and theoretical interpretations of cultural, political, and social interaction through computer mediated communication are examined. Particular attention is given to new types of discourse, sources of power, and structures of society at all geographical levels in global computer and communications networks.

Feminist theoretical paradigms the analyze impacts of globaliztion on women and girls. Impacts of globalization on households and families. Relationship between globalizing processes and gender inequalities. Addresses feminist controversies and women's transnational resistance.

Considers the role of the arts in society, including architecture, music companies, or theater productions to heritage sites, science museums, and art galleries. Effective arts policy in revitalizing urban economies also examined. Graduate standing.

Course provides a broad introduction to the key ideas, actors and institutions related to environmental politics and policy in the United States, with some coverage of global issues. It is intended to provide students with basic interdisciplinary knowledge and an intellectual framework for understanding and thinking critically about environmental politics and policy.

Dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Critical issues that underlie the conflict and divide Israel and the Palestinians. Diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the conflict. Pre: Graduate Standing.

International mechanisms for development and protection of women's human rights and their legal, political and cultural dimensions. Methods of strengthening and improving these mechanisms to prevent and respond to women's human rights violations. Pre: Graduate Standing

Application of approaches in political science to critical studies of governance, security, and the environment at subnational, national, and international levels. Advantages and disadvantages of critical approaches to environmental problems. Design of applied research projects in political science and for national and international policymakers.

Critical analysis of geopolitics as spatial discourse about world politics. Examines major concepts in critical geopolitics. Critically reads colonial, fascist, Cold War and post-Cold War geopolitical discourses. Discusses geopolitical knowledge in popular culture. Reviews latest research in the field of critical geopolitics. Graduate standing required.

Surveys the interface of globalization and security and the changing paradigm of security within global society. Reviews the impact of globalization on traditional understandings of state security and provides an advanced understanding of the emerging challenges and threats to human and state security. May be repeated with a different topic content for a maximum of 12 credits.

Provides a comprehensive guide to the understanding of contemporary power pressures and responses to global economic and financial change along with its political and social repercussions. Reviews the fields of international political economy, demonstrates the various approaches to adherence and resistance to globalization, and explores the dynamics of the relationship between states and markets.

Examination of past and present eras of globalization through various theoretical perspectives. Addresses colonialism and emergence of western models for development of poor countries. Controversies about impacts of current globalization on the nation-state, cultures, ecosystems, and racial/ethnic/gender inequalities. Explores present trends, such as globalization of agriculture and food systems, industrial production, migration, human rights, and anti-globalization resistance. Pre-requiste may be substituted for any equivalent 5000 level international course.

Forms of ultra or enhanced democracy outside of state institutions, particulary those developing in third sector organizations, theories of democracy and research on functioning deliberative democracies at the grassroots level, in societal or international institutions. Graduate standing required.

Competing theories and conceptions of the third sector in relation to the for-profit firm and the state with international perspectives on voluntary grassroots action challenges and societal transformation. Integration of theoretical and research literatures in the field. Graduate Standing required.

Application of security analysis tools to national security issues. Domestic and international security contexts, actors, and processes. Contemporary challenges to national security such as cyber-threats, terrorism, proliferation fo weapons of mass destruction, pandemics and environmental threats, organized crime, drug and human trafficking, state failure and state- building, and migration.

Contemporary environmental politics. Impact of global climate, economic, and social change on the environment. Political and social repercussions of environmental challenges. Analysis of the dynamic relationships between states and markets in the context of environmental change. May be repeated with different content up to 9 credit hours.

Examines issues of work, skill, and power in science and technology. Considers labor issues from a variety of perspectives, including social constructions of expertise; effects of technical change on the organization of work; industrial automation and "deskilling"; race and gender in divisions of labor; "labor-saving" technology in everyday life; "invisible labor" in information systems; and work practices in the production of science. Graduate standing required.