Courses

The department offers courses on a variety of topics that range in format from introductory lecture-discussion classes to participatory seminars. Courses at the 100 and 200 levels introduce students to the subfields of political science and to selected topics of interest to non-majors as well as majors. Approaches to Politics (POL 201) prepares majors for further upper-division work. At the 300 level, courses offer depth as well as breadth. The 400-level seminars address specific topics of special interest to instructors and students.

Courses:

POL-102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS (4)
American political institutions and issues, including the Supreme Court, Congress, the presidency, parties, elections, interest groups, public opinion, and contemporary political ideologies.

POL-103 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS (4)
Examines the evolution of the international state system, as well as the current challenges to it. Course also explores some of the major issues in international politics today, including economic development, human rights, globalization, and environmental and gender issues. We also explore some of the majors theories that help explain and predict international political events.

POL-203 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4)
Examination of the rights of individuals in the American constitutional framework. Includes issues of civil liberties and civil rights for women and minorities such as due process and equal protection. Emphasis on legal reasoning and the development of law.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing

POL-205 COMPARATIVE POLITICS (4)
Comparative study of contemporary politics and political systems. Country studies are used to examine broader issues such as the changing welfare state, democratization and development and specific topics such as elections, party dynamics and policy-making. Stresses the interactive nature of global and domestic processes.

POL-207 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (4)
An examination of major thinkers, such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Burke, Mill and Marx, whose ideas have shaped the politics and ideologies of the modern world. We will also consider several contemporary political issues and commentators to illustrate the continuing influences of these modern theorists.

POL-226 APPROACHES TO POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)
This course will introduce students who plan to major in political science or international relations to the core competing theoretical approaches needed for upper-level study in the two disciplines. Studies will also be exposed to basic methods of research in political science and international relations and to workshops on the art of reading, writing, and presenting one’s work.
Prerequisite: One 100- or 200-level course

POL-282 U.S. FOREIGN POLICY SINCE 1945 (4)
Analysis of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and especially the post-Cold era. Examines the historical and global context of U.S. foreign policy making and the governmental and societal factors that influence key foreign policy areas including the economy, environment and national security.

POL-305 CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS (4)
An examination of the function of elections in democracy, with particular focus on U.S. elections and the role of media, money, and marketing in campaigns; parties and nominations; and voting decisions.

POL-310 PUBLIC POLICY (4)
Examination of the politics and processes of formulation and adoption of public policy, as well as issues of implementation and evaluation. Policy processes will be illustrated by case studies such as health care reform.

POL-313 GENDER POLITICS (4)
Engagement with the theoretical and empirical literature on women, gender and politics. Topics include representation, sexuality and reproductive politics and gender politics at the local and global levels. Uses feminist theory to understand politics.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor
(Cross-listed with WS-313)

POL-317 POLITICS OF THE MASS MEDIA (4)
The role of mass media in political life, including the structure and decision-making processes of the media, the interaction of the media with government and other institutions, the impact of mass media in elections and public policies affecting the media.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-322 THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENT AND ANTI-DEVELOPMENT (4)
Overview of development theory, including the modernization paradigm. Also examines criticisms of development theory and practice in the south (Latin America, Asia and Africa), which call into question many of the tenets of modernization and work consciously to define antidevelopment strategies. Includes examination of postcolonial social theory as well as environmental, feminist and other social movements in the south.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-323 CONSERVATISM IN AMERICA, FROM TEDDY ROOSEVELT TO THE TEA PARTY (4)
A study of the conservative movement in the United States from 1900 through the present, examining historical context as well as change over time in what is considered "conservative." The course will consider intellectual, economic, social, religious, cultural, and political conservative movements.
(Cross-listed with HIS-323)

POL-326 APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)
Examines the development of international relations as an academic field, the major theories used to understand international relations and the ways research is carried out.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL -226, or permission of instructor

POL-327 GENDER AND THE EUROPEAN UNION (4)
This course will introduce students to major gender policies in the European Union, which may include work and family policy, maternity and parental leaves, childcare, domestic violence, prostitution and trafficking in women, sexual harassment, immigration and asylum policy, enlargement policy, foreign, security, and development policy, gender mainstreaming, and women’s leadership in the EU setting.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor
(Cross-listed with WS-327)

POL-329 ISSUES IN GLOBAL MIGRATION (4)
Provides a theoretical framework and empirical information needed to examine critically the structures conditioning migration and people's lived experiences of migration. Includes analysis of labor migration and development, borders and national identities, forced migration, and gender and migration.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-337 POLITICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (4)
Explores the evolution of the European experiment from the aftermath of World War II to the present. The course examines the functioning of the major EU institutions as well as some of the major issues facing the EU today, which may include EU enlargement, EU reform, EU immigration and asylum policy, and the development of EU foreign policy.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-360 RIGHTS AT WORK (4)
Examination of workplace issues and laws that govern the employment relationship. Special attention is given to race and sex discrimination, harassment and the legal processes for protecting employee rights.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-375 CORPORATIONS, MEDIA, AND DEMOCRACY (4)
Examination of structures, functions, and governance of corporations, including legal personhood, emphasizing roles of corporations in political life, especially corporate funding and influence in campaign finance, mass media, and think thanks and universities. Alternative governance approaches will be considered.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

POL-392 MANIFEST DESTINY IN A GLOBAL WORLD (4)
Examines the ongoing changes in the meaning of deeply resonant categories in U.S. foreign policy particularly after the Vietnam War. Topics include captivity narratives, race war, gender, and patriotism. Case studies include Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Prerequisite: one 100-level course, POL-201 or POL-226, or permission of instructor

IR/POL-400 SENIOR SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (4)
Required seminar for international relations seniors that allows for independent research on a topic of current interest and importance in international relations. It provides opportunities for majors to integrate the theoretical, historical and geographical components of the major through readings, discussion, research and writing on the topic of their choosing.
Prerequisite: POL-103, POL-226, POL-326 (for IR majors)
Open only to senior IR and political science majors

POL-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

POL-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

POL-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

POL-455 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL CHANGE (4)
Survey of theories and strategies of political change, using case studies of failed and successful movements for reform, revolution, and resistance to analyze the potential for new directions in contemporary politics.
Prerequisite: One 300-level POL course and POL-226 or POL-326

POL-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

POL-492 SEMINAR IN CULTURE AND POLITICS (4)
Takes up topics on the intersections between politics and culture such as the media and foreign policy, consumerism and politics, and war and popular culture, from Vietnam to Iraq.
Prerequisite: One 300-level POL course and POL-201 or POL-226