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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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POLSCI 101. Introduction to Political Theory.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Arlene W Saxonhouse (awsaxon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/101/001.nsf

Through a study of classic texts in political theory by such as Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, and Tocqueville we will consider the questions that have been raised and the answers posed over the centuries in the search for the best political regime. Consideration of the meaning of familiar concepts such as justice, equality, liberty, community, and democracy are part of this investigation.

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POLSCI 111. Introduction to American Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hanes Walton Jr

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/111/017.nsf

This is a broad survey of government and politics in the United States which explores a wide range of topics including elections, interest groups, the presidency, Congress, and the courts. The kinds of questions considered might include the following: What impact do interest groups have on governmental policy? Are there real differences between the two major political parties? What accounts for swings in voting behavior and election outcome from one time to another? How do members of Congress decide how to vote? In what ways do presidents and bureaucrats affect public policies? This is not a comprehensive list but suggests the kinds of issues that are discussed in this course. There are two lectures and two discussion section meetings each week. There is generally a midterm, a final examination, and some other written work.

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POLSCI 140. Introduction to Comparative Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ronald F Inglehart (rfi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/140/001.nsf

This course examines how democracy evolves and functions in different settings around the world. We start with the emergence of democracy in Western Europe, examining the factors that give rise to it and help it survive. We then examine the origins of fascism in Germany and Japan; and the rise of communism in Russia and China, attempting to understand why these alternatives to democracy flourished in those settings and why they later collapsed. This leads to an analysis of the current struggle between reformers and hardliners over the move to market economies and liberal democracy in Russia, China, and Eastern Europe, and an assessment of the prospects for democracy in Mexico and Nigeria. Finally, we examine the probable evolution of democracy in advanced industrial societies. In addition to two lectures, there are two meetings a week in relatively small discussion sections, designed to encourage active discussion of these topics.

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POLSCI 160. Introduction to World Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Douglas W Lemke (dlemke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/160/001.nsf

This course analyzes world politics from a broad and general perspective, explaining and exploring the principles involved in the functioning of the global political system and illustrating these principles with contemporary material. The course begins by setting standards for judging theories of international politics and reviews well-known theories such as realism and liberalism. A strategic approach based on the combination of power, preferences, and perceptions will be explained. That approach is then used to understand a variety of issues in world politics, including war, alliances, domestic politics and foreign policy, and international political economy. These issues will be presented both in general terms and applied to understand specific key events.

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POLSCI 312. Freedom of Speech and Press.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lee C Bollinger

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the constitutional right of freedom of speech and press in the United States. Various areas of law are examined in depth, including extremist or seditious speech, obscenity, libel, fighting words, the public forum doctrine, and public access to the mass media. Classes are conducted according to the law school model, with readings focused on actual judicial decisions and students expected to participate in discussions.

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POLSCI 390. Practicum for the "Michigan Journal of Political Science."

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit with permission of the chair.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course allows students to gain experience working on the journal under the direction of the chair or other appropriate faculty member. This experience involves editing the Michigan Journal of Political Science. In addition to taking part in working on the year's issue, students wishing credit for working on the journal would do readings and write book reviews and research notes.

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POLSCI 395 / REES 395 / SLAVIC 395 / HISTORY 332 / SOC 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William G Rosenberg

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Russian and East European Studies (REES) 395.001.

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POLSCI 400. Development of Political Thought: To Modern Period.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andreas Kalyvas

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing or two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The aim of this course is two-fold: (1) to give students a sense of the history of political philosophy from the ancient Greek period to the end of the sixteenth century; and (2) to help students become aware of the complexities and assumptions entailed in the articulation of a coherent political theory. We will be reading the works of such major political philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Machiavelli. We will be concerned with such issues as the relation between nature and convention, the sources of legitimacy, the role of the individual in the political community and the value and purpose of political life. Readings will be from primary sources. Class meetings will include both lectures and discussions. Course requirements will include two exams during the term and a final.

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POLSCI 406. American Political Thought.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Anne Manuel (amanuel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 101 or 401. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/406/001.nsf

This class will take as its basis the study of canonical texts in American political thought. The ideas that have shaped American politics are heterogeneous and conflicting. We will analyze these tensions through the close reading of primary texts. We will consider the major conceptual foundations of American politics: democracy, freedom, limited government, individualism, toleration, and civil and political equality. These concepts will be considered in the light of other important traditions that have shaped American citizenship. These other traditions include the emphasis on local communities, the work ethic, capitalist labor market organization, class mobility, race based oppression, and gender inequality in the public and private spheres. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to think, speak, and write critically about the core concepts that shape the American political system and make up the American tradition in political thought. They should have a good understanding of what these concepts are, where they originated, and how the work together, and against each other, to form a dynamic, evolving national discourse. An analytic approach will be emphasized. By the end of the class, students should be able to discuss the nation's ongoing process of "re-founding", the often controversial process of national re-defining and re-imagining done in relation to national principles. Exploring contests, conversations, and debates within and about the texts we read, we will traverse the intellectual terrain that is the foundation of our national self-understanding. Course requirements will consist of take-home essays and in-class written group assignments.

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POLSCI 407. Marxism and 20th Century Radicalism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): G.N. Harding

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 101 or 401. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course could be subtitled "The Soviet Experiment"; not because it is a class on Soviet politics, but on the the evolution and implications of Marxist/commmunist ideas.

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POLSCI 409. Twentieth Century Political Thought.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mika Lavaque-Manty (mmanty@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 101 or 401. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/409/001.nsf

This course offers a chronological survey of some central contributions to contemporary political thought. Its premise is that 20th-century political thinkers have offered us different (a) vocabularies to understand modern political world and (b) arguments for why and how we should try to change that world. Beginning with the German sociologist Max Weber and ending with the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, the course draws from contributions outside political theory proper. Since most of the 20th-century political thought consists of developments of and reactions to the 19th-century legacies of liberalism and Marxism, familiarity with the key theories in modern political thought is strongly recommended. The course is writing-intensive.

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POLSCI 410. American Policy Processes.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Bernstein

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course covers the actors and institutions involved in the process of making policy in the United States. We focus most heavily on Congress and the president, although we also look at the bureaucracy, the courts, interest groups and the media. We also spend some time looking at the stages of the policy process, such as agenda setting, legitimation, implementation and evaluation.

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POLSCI 413. American Constitutional Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark E Brandon

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 111, 410, or 411. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Prerequisites: Some background in American history, American institutional politics, or political theory is desirable, but not required. This is a course in political science and political theory concerned with law. The course focuses on one of the most vital aspects of politics: interpreting and applying the nation's fundamental principles. It addresses: (1) the role of language in grounding the legitimacy of the political order; (2) the ways (if any) in which that language is translated into reality; and (3) how those translations are justified. In connection with those general themes, we shall focus on three additional questions: (1) WHAT is the (or a) Constitution; (2) WHO are to be its authoritative interpreters; and (3) HOW are those interpreters to go about the business of interpreting? We shall take up topics such as judicial review, interdepartmental relations, federalism, the power to wage war, and constitutional crisis. Assignments will include participation in a Moot Court.

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POLSCI 413. American Constitutional Politics.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Francene M Engel (fengel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 111, 410, or 411. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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POLSCI 415. The American Chief Executive.

Section 001 The American Presidency

Instructor(s): Scott James

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 111, 410, or 411; or junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/415/001.nsf

This course is an inquiry into the origins, structure, and operation of the modern American presidency. Its purpose is to familiarize students with the concepts and issues at the center of contemporary political science scholarship on the presidency. Three normative concerns broadly guide the organization of this course: First, generally speaking, do Americans get the kind of president they want? Put differently, what are the qualities we expect our presidents to possess in office and how successfully do our electoral institutions select for such individuals? Second, what are the determinants of effective presidential leadership? That is to say, why are some presidents more successful than others at exerting their influence over the governing process? And third, what is the proper role of the presidency in the contemporary American political system? Are the powers of the presidency adequate to the tasks expected of presidents? Does the growth of presidential power present a challenge to traditional notions of republican government? We will begin with an examination of the constitutional origins of the presidency. What role did the Framers intend the president to play in the American political system, and to what extent did the early presidency conform to these expectations? Subsequent weeks will focus on the nature of the modern presidency. Topics will include presidential selection, the elements of presidential power and authority, the presidency and the party system, and the institutional presidency.

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POLSCI 417. Legislative Process.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffery Bernstein

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses primarily on the U.S. Congress. We will look at congressional elections, congressional procedures and the policies they generate, and how Congress relates to the other branches of government. Congress' members must make laws for the nation as a whole, but also must represent the narrow, parochial interests of their districts. We will pay much attention this term to questions about how Congress manages to make responsible policies while remaining responsive to the electorate.

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POLSCI 420 / COMM 484. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Communication Studies 484.001.

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POLSCI 423. Politics of the Metropolis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gregory B Markus (gmarkus@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~gmarkus/ps423f01.html

This course examines the political life of American cities and the metropolitan regions in which they are embedded. Relevant institutions include city government, public authorities, the business sector, nonprofit agencies and organizations, neighborhood groups, and more. Issues include city and regional governance, economic development, urban sprawl, the provision of public services, and the ways that race, ethnicity, and social class are implicated in these and other issues.

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POLSCI 428 / ASIAN 428 / PHIL 428 / SOC 426. China's Evolution Under Communism.

Section 001 Politics and Development in China.

Instructor(s): Mary Gallagher (metg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/428/001.nsf

This course seeks to understand the present driving forces and future prospects for the most populous country in the world. The course is divided into three sections. The first analyzes the modern history of China to determine the influences of the past on present-day China. The second part looks at the post-1949 Chinese state. Special attention is paid to elite decision-making processes, the structure of China's bureaucratic apparatus, the relationships between the Chinese Communist Party and the government, tensions between the national government and localities, and the role of the military. The final section builds upon the first two to examine the challenges faced by China's leaders in several issue-areas, including the ongoing reform of the economy, China's environmental policy, state-society relations, and China's foreign relations. There will be a midterm, final exam, and one research paper.

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POLSCI 432. Law and Public Policy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marvin Krislov

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science, including Pol. Sci. 111 or its equivalent. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/432/001.nsf

This course will focus on the ways our courts do and do not intervene in politics and the political process, both on the federal and state level. Topics to be covered include: the regulation of voting, voting rights, the Census, Congressional reapportionment, campaign finance, and the selection (or election) of federal and state judges. Students will be asked to write several short papers or memoranda.

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POLSCI 441. Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert J Franzese Jr (franzese@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any 100-level course in political science or upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/441/001.nsf

This course examines the politics of developed democracies: i.e., those where day-to-day political struggle occurs within the boundaries defined by broadly unchallenged commitments to relatively free-market capitalism and relatively liberal democracy. This is not a course in current or past events in these countries. Rather we analyze certain systematic, (social) scientific regularities evidenced in the politics of advanced capitalist democracies. In this positive (non-normative) analysis, the focus is on political parties, elections, patterns of participation and of political conflict, public policy, and political economy. Course grades will be based upon short-paper writing, a final examination, and participation.

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POLSCI 443. Selected Topics in Western European Politics.

Section 001 Politics of the European Union

Instructor(s): Kenneth W Kollman (kkollman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any 100-level course in political science or upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course, we seek to understand the historical development, political institutions, and philosophical underpinnings of the European Union. Topics will include federalism, different notions of sovereignty, studies of contemporary decision-making in the Union, and assessments of democratic institutions in Europe. Prominent points of debate, such as monetary union, trade policies, environmental policies, enlargement policies, and defense policies, will be discussed. Particular attention will be paid to the contemporary debates on changes to the decision-making institutions in the Union.

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POLSCI 448. Politics and Society in Latin America.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jose Molina (jmolina@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 140 or 440; or a course on Latin America elected through another department. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/448/001.nsf

After an analysis of the common historical background of the region, this course will consider the current characteristics of democratic government in Latin America, its achievements, shortcomings, and future prospects. Particular attention will be paid to the effect of parties and other institutional factors on the stability and quality of democracy in the region. The cases of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela will be examined closely.

Evaluations will be based on class attendance and participation, one book report (about 2000 words long), one writing assignment, and one final paper (5000 words) analyzing the current state of democracy and elections in one Latin American country.

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POLSCI 452. Israeli Society and Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Zvi Gitelman (zvigitel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/452/001.nsf

Despite its small size, Israel encapsulates many issues of general importance in political life. This course should give you an understanding both of major topics in political analysis political culture, proportional representation, coalition formation, ethnopolitics, the interplay of religion and politics as well as of society and politics in Israel, a relatively new state in a very old land.

Among the topics dealt with are Zionism, the political culture of the pre-state Jewish population, institutions, elites, parties, political behavior, political socialization, ethnic and religious minorities, the political impact of immigration, religion and politics, and domestic factors in the Arab-Israeli dispute.

Requirements include a final examination and a choice of a midterm exam or a modest research paper.

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POLSCI 454. Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Allen Hicken

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/454/001.nsf

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic and complex regions, and is of growing importance on the global stage. This course offers an introduction to the region for advanced undergraduates; it is also an introduction to some of the broader political, economic, and environmental issues in the developing world.

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POLSCI 456. Government and Politics of Japan.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Campbell

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 140, 440, or 450. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/456/001.nsf

Japan is an ever-more interesting country to study, due both to its obvious importance, and to the fact that it is the only post-industrial non-western country. This course offers an overview of contemporary Japanese politics, designed for students with a general interest in Japan as well as political science concentrators. Special attention is given to how politics has affected and been affected by cultural patterns, social organization, economic growth, and Japan's position in the world. Grading will be by examination and short papers.

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POLSCI 459 / CAAS 449. African Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jennifer A. Widner (jwidner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAS 200 recommended. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jwidner/ps459.html

This course examines the institutions, processes, and ideas that shape political life in Africa. The first part of the course provides some historical background and considers the effects of environment on political structure, the differences between segmentary societies and kingships, and the effects of international contact on the character of the state. The second part explores some of the bold initiatives of independence leaders and their consequences. The third part explores contemporary struggles for democracy and the management of elections. A final segment of the course addresses several important policy issues, including war-peace transitions and government effectiveness.

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POLSCI 460. Problems in World Politics.

Section 001 Political Responses to Economic Globalization

Instructor(s): Jude Hays (jchays@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice with permission of the instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/460/001.nsf

This course is about globalization politics. It explores the political responses within the advanced industrial democracies to the globalization of markets and the likely policy consequences of these responses. We begin with an examination of recent trends in the development of international trade and financial markets. We consider how these changes are impacting different people and groups within society and examine how they are responding politically. We focus specifically on how individual attitudes about economic integration and trade are changing in Europe and the United States and how the behavior of organized interests, like labor unions, is evolving. We also examine how politicians, political parties, and governments are responding to globalization. How serious is the emerging globalization backlash? Will it be a political force? To help answer these difficult questions we look to the past and compare the current situation with the globalization backlash of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The course will be conducted largely as a lecture with some opportunity for discussion. Students will be graded on the basis of three in-class exams.

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POLSCI 460. Problems in World Politics.

Section 002 Theories of International Relations

Instructor(s): James Morrow (jdmorrow@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice with permission of the instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/460/002.nsf

This course surveys theories of international politics in the areas of security and political economy. Different approaches to understanding why war occurs will be analyzing to determine what those theories predict and whether the predictions match reality. The predictions will also be connected to historical cases to understand how theories seek to explain those cases. Course requirements will be midterm and final examininations and several short papers.

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POLSCI 469. Politics of International Economic Relations.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Martin Edwards

Prerequisites & Distribution: Pol. Sci. 160. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/469/001.nsf

This seminar is designed to expose students to many of the ongoing debates in American Foreign Policy. We will start by discussing context; the nature of the international environment, the case for US leadership abroad, and the debate over the Clinton legacy. Following this, we will focus on process: which actors can (and should) have influence over policy choice and policy outcomes. Finally, we turn to specific issues: democracy promotion, the China debate, nuclear proliferation, trade policy, support for the International Financial Institutions, and economic sanctions. Though the course addresses current events, our goal is to bring social science research techniques to bear on these questions. To this end, students will develop a project over the semester in close collaboration with the instructor and write a 20-25 page research paper. Students will also be required to lead class discussion for a given week.

Books:

  • James M. Scott, Editor, After the End: Making US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War World (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998) ISBN 0-8223-2266-8
  • I.M. Destler and Peter J. Balint, The New Politics of American Trade: Trade, Labor, and the Environment (Washington DC: Institute for International Economics, 1999) ISBN 0-88132-269-5
  • Some sort of reader, TBD
  • *STRONGLY RECOMMENDED* Stephen Van Evera, Guide for Methods for Students of Political Science (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997) ISBN: 0-8014-8457-X

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    POLSCI 472. International Security Affairs.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Paul K Huth

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

    Upper-Level Writing

    Credits: (3).

    Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($30) required.

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/472/001.nsf

    In this course students will study three topics related to international security affairs: (1) The conditions under which states are able to resolve long-standing disputes through negotiated settlements; (2) the impact of democratic political institutions on diplomacy and the use of military force by state leaders; and (3) the effectiveness of policies of deterrence in preventing war. Readings will focus on basic research on each of these topics while lectures will supplement the readings by considering how current international events and US foreign policy behavior compare with the findings of more basic research. All students may also elect the advanced writing option in addition to the required exams. If students select the writing option, they will be required to write three papers over the course of the term.

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    POLSCI 481. Junior Honors Proseminar.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Mary Gallagher (metg@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to Honors concentrators with junior standing. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This is a seminar that is designed to introduce students to the Honors program in political science and the process of research design leading to the defense of a thesis prospectus. Students must be admitted to the program before enrolling in the course.

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    POLSCI 482 / ECON 483. Positive Political Economy.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Yan Chen (yanchen@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Econ. 401. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    See Economics 483.001.

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    POLSCI 483. American Political Parties and Electoral Problems.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Ted Brader (tbrader@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Poli. Sci. 111, 140, 410, or 411. (4). (Excl).

    Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/483/001.nsf

    In this course we consider the importance of political parties for democracy and the nature of party politics in the United States. We seek a broad understanding of what American parties are, how they are operate, and how they have evolved. We are particularly concerned with the significance of parties for elections and representation across national, state, and local governments. Class will consist of both lecture and discussion, and evaluations will be based on a combination of exams and papers.

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    POLSCI 487. Psychological Perspectives on Politics.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Cara J Wong (cjwong@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Explanations of political phenomena often rest on psychological assumptions. Studies of leadership, decision-making, socialization, public opinion and voting, violence and revolution, and propaganda and persuasion all have a psychological base. The purpose of this lecture course is to survey major currents of theoretical and empirical work in the psychological analysis of politics. Extensive background in political science and psychology courses is NOT required. Grades will be based on examinations and papers.

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    POLSCI 489. Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

    Section 001 Media Effects and Public Opinion. (3 credits).

    Instructor(s): Ted Brader (tbrader@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two 400-level courses in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

    Credits: (1-3).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/489/001.nsf

    In this course we examine the effects of the media on the beliefs, values, and choices of citizens. We will review evidence of media influence in a number of areas: public priorities and evaluations of government; attitudes toward foreign policy; formation of group identities and stereotypes; support for public policies; learning about and choosing candidates in elections. The course considers the impact of newspapers, radio, TV, and the Internet, and covers special topics such as campaign advertising, debates, films, cartoons, and ordinary discussion. Class will consist of lecture and discussion, and evaluations will be based on exams and papers.

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    POLSCI 489. Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

    Section 002 Development of American Political Institutions. (3 credits)

    Instructor(s): Daniel Carpenter (dancarp@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two 400-level courses in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

    Credits: (1-3).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/489/002.nsf

    A survey of developments in the party system, Congress and the bureaucracy from Reconstruction through the New Deal. The solidification of the two-party system, the rise of congressional committee power and the seniority system, the building of the modern budgetary process, and the origins of the welfare state and regulatory state will be studied using three theoretical approaches rational choice, historical institutionalism, and critical theory.

    This course surveys the historical evolution of three American political institutions the party system, Congress, and the bureaucratic state. We will cover the period from Reconstruction through the New Deal, or 1870-1940, roughly speaking. Throughout the term we will attempt to answer several core questions concerning American political institutions. What are institutions and how do they shape our political life? How did we get the institutions we have today the two party system, the congressional seniority system, interest groups, the welfare state, the regulatory state? How can we account for institutional change? And how can attention to the history of American political institutions help us to understand the dilemmas now facing the American political system?

    To address these questions we will study closely important facets of the three institutions listed above. Among other things, we will ask how changing party structures led to voting realignments, we will trace the rise of the seniority system and committee structures in Congress, and we will gauge the implications of the professionalization of the American civil service. In other words, we will study "institutions within institutions."

    In lectures and discussion, we will also consider three approaches to the study of American political institutions and their evolution. The first, the rational-choice or transactions-cost approach, argues that institutions develop and change in response to changing preferences and patterns of transactions in American society at any given time. The second approach, the historical institutionalist approach, suggests that institutional changes are driven by party officials, elites and bureaucrats who have their own preferences and who act independently of societal forces. The final approach we will consider is a critical-theoretical approach which asks whether American political institutions can be seen as subordinating schemes which divide and repress people along lines of class, race and gender. In this vein, we will consider feminist, Marxist and race-centered analyses of the institutions of American politics. An important part of the course will be our cooperative assessment of the strengths and limitations of these approaches in light of the historical development of American institutions.

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    POLSCI 489. Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

    Section 003 Current Issues in European Politics.

    Instructor(s): Anton Pelinka

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two 400-level courses in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

    Credits: (1-3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    No Description Provided.

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    POLSCI 489. Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

    Section 004.

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two 400-level courses in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

    Credits: (1-3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    No Description Provided.

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    POLSCI 491. Directed Studies.

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (1-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of directed study credit may be elected as part of a concentration program in Political Science. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of eight credits. Pol. Sci. 491 and 492 may be elected for a combined maximum of eight credits.

    Credits: (1-6).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    A directed study on any subject agreed upon by a student and an advising instructor that does not duplicate a regular course offering. Students wishing to enroll for a directed study course are urged to work out the details of the course before the start of the term with a supervising faculty member.

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    POLSCI 493. Senior Honors Proseminar.

    Instructor(s): John Campbell (jccamp@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to senior Honors concentrators. (4). (Excl). No more than four Honors credits may be elected as part of a concentration plan in Political Science. (INDEPENDENT).

    Credits: (4).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/493/001.nsf

    This is a seminar for seniors who are working on Honors theses. Students must be admitted to the Honors program before enrolling.

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    POLSCI 496. Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics.

    Section 001 The Politics of Higher Education

    Instructor(s): Edie N Goldenberg (edieg@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This seminar will focus on selected topics of great concern to the U.S. higher education community today, such as public attitudes toward universities, sources of funding for higher education, athletics student athletes or pre-professionals in training, affirmative action in admissions and hiring, and information technology and the virtual university. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion, write a series of short papers and one term paper, and make an oral presentation.

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    POLSCI 496. Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics.

    Section 002 Law & Society in Environmental Disputes.

    Instructor(s): Noga Morag-Levine (noga@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This seminar will consider the role of law and legal institutions in the development of environmental policy and the management of environmental disputes. Through analysis of a broad array of environmental controversies, the following issues will be considered: ecological, ethical and economic justifications for environmental regulation, private versus public law approaches to environmental problems, the promise and limits of economic and institutional alternatives to legal environmental interventions, environmental litigation as a tool of social change, and the influence of legal norms and practices on socio-economic inequalities in the distribution of environmental burdens.

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    POLSCI 497. Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign Government.

    Section 002 China's Transition from Communism in Comparative Perspective

    Instructor(s): Mary Gallagher (metg@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/497/002.nsf

    Since the 1980s socialist countries worldwide have been in the throes of a rapid and often destabilizing transition away from the planned economy and one party rule. There has been wide variation in the results of this transition: some countries have moved quickly towards democratization and economic liberalization; others have languished in a state of institutional decay and partial reform; while China has maintained one party rule amid rapid economic growth and social change. This seminar will examine China's transformation from communism in this comparative perspective. We will explore how the countries evolved under socialism, the breakdown of socialism in Eastern Europe and the USSR, and the differing paths used to reform their planned economies in the 1990s. The class will be run as a seminar and requires active class participation. The reading load will be heavy. Students will be expected to turn in one long research paper and give a class presentation on the topic. The instructor advises that students have prior knowledge of China or another socialist country.

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    POLSCI 498. Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics.

    Section 001 The Global System

    Instructor(s): J David Singer (jdsinger@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    The objectives of this course are to provide the advanced undergraduate student with (a) an understanding of global, demographic, social, technological, economic, and political trends; (b) alternative interpretations of policies to deal with these trends; (c) methods by which these interpretations can be compared and tested against the empirical evidence; and (d) the ability to evaluate past policy decisions and propose future ones. We are also interested in our ability to express orally and on paper the concepts, hypotheses, relationships, and methods used in pursuit of the substantial objectives; as a famous grammarian put it, "if you don't write good, you don't think good!" It all goes together: careful conceptualization, close reasoning, procedural clarity, and effective communication. Course requirements include three papers and class participation. We will use two or three texts and read independently in the scholarly journals. There will be three written assignments and no final exam.

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    POLSCI 498. Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics.

    Section 002 Controversies in American Foreign Policy

    Instructor(s): Martin Edwards

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/fall/polsci/498/002.nsf

    This seminar is designed to expose students to many of the ongoing debates in American Foreign Policy. We will start by discussing context; the nature of the international environment, the case for US leadership abroad, and the debate over the Clinton legacy. Following this, we will focus on process: which actors can (and should) have influence over policy choice and policy outcomes. Finally, we turn to specific issues: democracy promotion, the China debate, nuclear proliferation, trade policy, support for the International Financial Institutions, and economic sanctions. Though the course addresses current events, our goal is to bring social science research techniques to bear on these questions. To this end, students will develop a project over the semester in close collaboration with the instructor and write a 20-25 page research paper. Students will also be required to lead class discussion for a given week.

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    POLSCI 591. Advanced Internship in Political Science.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science at the 400-level or above and concentration in political science; or graduate standing. Permission of supervising instructor and review by the Department's internship advisor. (2-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of internship may be included as part of a concentration plan in political science. (EXPERIENTIAL). All internship courses may be elected for a maximum total of eight credits.

    Credits: (2-6).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    No Description Provided.

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