Primarily for First and Second Year Students
101. Introduction to Political Theory. (4). (SS).
An overview of some classic texts of Western political thought, including Sophocles, Plato, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Arendt, and some contemporary approaches to them. Among the themes to be addressed: what (if anything) makes state authority legitimate? do people benefit from political participation? or is political activity inevitably corrupting, tiresome, or perhaps just unpleasant? what constitutes a public, rather than a private, concern, and how are these determinations shaped by political ends and values? (Wingrove)
111. Introduction to American Politics. (4). (SS).
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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Kingdon)
140. Introduction to Comparative Politics. (4). (SS).
This course examines how democracy evolves and functions in different settings. 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. 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. Cost:3 WL:1 (Inglehart)
160. Introduction to World Politics. (4). (SS).
The primary purpose of this beginning course is to expose the student to the core questions that should be asked at any beginning of the study of international politics. Who are the major actors in international affairs? What kind of order exists in relations among nations? What mechanisms exist for change? What regularities exist in the behavior of actors toward one another that give shape and direction to the system? We shall try to get at some of the questions raised by using three of the major approaches students in the field utilize to select the behaviors they wish to study. One approach is to study the process of decision-making in foreign policy. Another approach is to study the effects that differences in national growth have on the politics among nations. A third way is to study the way the international system constrains the actions of individuals and groups. The major elements of the course are contained in four sets of lectures. (1) The decision-making approach; (2) effects of national growth on international politics; (3) problems and consequences of different types of international systems; (4) global trends in contemporary world politics including such topics as imperialism, neocolonialism, international economics and interdependence, developed-developing world relations, international organizations, and the limits to growth. There will be one, possibly two, exams during the term, plus a final. Other requirements may include a 12-15 page essay and such additional assignments as may be made by individual section leaders. Cost:3 WL:1 and 4 (Organski)
Primarily for Juniors and Seniors
300. Contemporary Political Issues. (4). (SS).
This course will help you think about the relationships between yourself and politics in the United States. Learn about: (1) important social, economic and political issues of the day, including how an issue becomes "important"; (2) the political values and attitudes of the American public; (3) the conduct of political campaigns and elections. Confront these subjects from the perspectives of "What is..." and also "What ought to be...." Given our goals, scholarly readings are intermixed with articles about current issues, and our discussions often move freely from assigned readings to the latest news. Although intended primarily for non-political science concentrators, this is a serious course for serious students. The readings are extensive, and occasionally difficult. You will be expected to: stay current and master what you have read, attend lectures faithfully, participate in sections actively, and engage in additional learning activities outside of the class room. You will write papers, and you will be examined - carefully and regularly (two midterms plus a final). Recommended: at least one prior political science course. Grades are based on a no-curve system. Cost:4 WL:1 (Markus)
390. Practicum for the Michigan Journal of Political Science. (1). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit with permission of the chair.
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.
391. Introductory Internship in Political Science. One 100-level course in political science, permission of supervising instructor before the internship period, and review by Department's internship advisor. Intended for non-concentrators. (2-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). All internship courses may be elected for a maximum total of 8 credits.
Supervised internship, primarily for non-concentrators. Requires the approval of the instructor and review by the department's internship coordinator.
395/REES 395/Slavic 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4). (SS).
See REES 395. (Bartlett)
400. Development of Political Thought: To Modern Period. Junior standing or two courses in political science. (3). (Excl).
The aim of this course is two-fold: (1) to give the student a sense of the history of political philosophy from the ancient Greek period to the end of the sixteenth century, and (2) to help the student 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. Cost:4 WL:1 (Saxonhouse)
402. Selected Topics in Political Theory. Pol.
Sci. 101 or 400 or 401. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 – The Politics of Everyday Life. An examination of political conflict in settings that have little or nothing to do with government, proceeding mostly by reading various works of literature. Students will be expected to read carefully and be willing to participate actively in discussion. (Herzog)
410. American Policy Processes. Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl).
This course examines the creation and implementation of public programs in the United States. Lectures and readings focus on the major institutions of American government, how those institutions work together, the effects of federalism on public policy, and how we go about paying for all of this. (Khademian)
411. American Political Processes. Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (Excl).
This course provides a selective survey of the sprawling literature devoted to American public opinion. It considers how opinions are formed, how and why they change, and how they influence and are influenced by the actions of government. (Kinder)
412. The Legal Process. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Legal Process combines the study of legal theory with selected case studies in American and comparative law. The course examines the nature of legal interpretation, the organization of legal institutions, the role of constitutions in structuring governments and legal systems, and the relation between law and politics. Readings in legal theory are interspersed with materials that show how legal institutions function in the United States, Germany, China, and other polities. Through reading original materials and discussing them in class, students are expected to improve their abilities to relate theory and evidence and to learn to think more critically. Classes are run in modified "Socratic method" format, with heavy emphasis on class participation. Exams and papers require students to use their analytic skills to reason through the empirical and theoretical puzzles, developing their own arguments in response to the challenges of the subject matter. Cost:3 WL:1 (Morag-Levine)
413. American Constitutional Politics. Pol. Sci. 111, 410, or 411; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Prerequisites: No formal prerequisites, though some background in American history, American institutional politics, or political theory is desirable. 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. (Brandon)
417. Legislative Process. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
This course will examine the legislative process, with special emphasis on the United States Congress. Among the major topics addressed will be: the theory and practice of representation; legislative elections; coalition-building; committee policy making; floor voting decisions; legislative-executive relations; legislative rules and procedures. Throughout the course one of our main objectives will be to assess the policy making performance of Congress and to examine proposals for institutional reform. Requirements: two to three exams, one paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hall)
418/WS 418. Women and the Political System. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
This course is designed to consider the ways in which women have organized to affect the American political system. We will examine this subject through three elements of practical politics: political consciousness, political mobilization, and compromise and coalition-building. We first examine how diverse groups of women came to political consciousness and set political agendas in the 1970's. We look at the organizational bases which sustained the mainstream feminist agenda, and which have nurtured alternatives to it. We then go to the political lessons learned in the suffrage and anti-lynching movements, and in the ratification battle for the ERA, to examine the compromises and coalition choices that different women's groups have made. These lessons are then applied to women's presence in elite politics and mass participation, to employment issues such as comparable worth and affirmative action, and to political responses to domestic violence and pornography. Students will be required to write at least 10 weekly 1-2 page reaction papers over the course of the term, to participate in class, and to take a midterm and final. Students who take the course for ECB credit will write a 15 page research paper in lieu of the final exam. Cost:3 WL:1 (Lin)
420/Comm. 484. Mass Media and Political Behavior. Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl).
See Communication Studies 484. (Thrall)
421. American State Government. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
This course will explore state, local, and regional politics, as well as intergovernmental relations across all levels of American government. It will provide historical overviews of each of these areas, apply a variety of political science perspectives to them, and consider some of the most pressing current questions in subnational politics. It will also include a comparative focus, examining the differences in politics and policymaking between federal and non-federal systems, and will place special emphasis on health care and environmental policy. This course will be intended for undergraduates with some prior coursework in political science and American government. It will encourage students to conduct research in subnational politics, culminating in a research paper. In addition, students will complete an essay-style examination, as well as one or two brief papers focused on discussion-related topics. Readings will include selections from the traditional political science literature on state and local politics and intergovernmental relations, but will also include a variety of areas not commonly associated with or applied to subnational politics, including regulatory theory and game theory. Cost:4 WL:1 (Walton)
423. Politics of the Metropolis. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
This course will examine the historical development of local politics in America and explore the ways in which that history defines current problems and controversies in American local politics. In particular, we will look at the legacy of the machine and reform eras, at post-WW II state and federal efforts to change the content of local politics, at suburbanization, and at the shifting character of both economic and racial conflicts in American local politics. A large part of the course will focus upon the politics of race, development, business, housing, and services in the governing of post-WW II American cities. Cost:3 WL:4 (Burns)
428/Asian Studies 428/Phil. 428/Soc. 426. China's Evolution Under Communism. Upperclass standing or permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).
This course is intended for students who seek an introduction. There are no prior course requirements, and the lectures and readings avoid jargon. The immediate purpose is simple: to convey an understanding of the Chinese communist revolution, China's recent political history, its emergence into the world scene in the past few years, and its social, cultural, political, and economic conditions. The larger purpose is to awaken a life-long interest among students in following developments in China, because the rise of this nation is one of the major developments of our lifetime. Mr. Lieberthal will deliver most of the lectures, and the remaining lectures will be given by professors from UM's leading Center for Chinese Studies. This is an inter-disciplinary course. Requirements are an hour exam, one or two writing assignments, participation in discussion section, and a final examination. Cost:3 WL:3 (Lieberthal)
442. Governments and Politics in Western Europe. Any 100-level course in political science or upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).
This course examines politics in all Western European countries, but focuses primarily on the largest nations, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy. We will also consider the significant changes that are brought to European politics by the growth in importance of the European Union. The primary theoretical issue will be the impact of institutional arrangements on political performance in parliamentary democracies. To this end, we will use formal, deductive theories of political institutions to gain insight into the tradeoffs that different institutional arrangements (such as the electoral law, the rules for cabinet decision making, the independence of central banks, or the role of the judiciary) create on different dimensions of political performance (such as political legitimacy, political stability, legislative responsiveness, economic growth, and levels of inequality). Political Science 185 is recommended but not required. (Huber)
443. Selected Topics in Western European Politics.
Any 100-level course in political science or upperclass
standing. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 001 – Political Party Systems and Elections in Western Europe. Political parties are the main actors in European politics. They link citizens and government. They determine government policies and fill governmental offices. They present themselves in elections and compte for the citizens vote. If we don not look at single parties, but at all parties of a polity and their relations with one another at onece, we speak of party system. This seminar is on European party systems and elections. In the first part we will look at the origins of European party systems, their format (and causes and consequences thereof), and their more recent development. European party systems are mostly understood to be national party systems – the French, the British, the German etc; but there is alos an emerging European Union party system to be considered. In the second part of the proseminar we study national and European elections as opportunities for citizens to express their political preferences and to choose between different alternatives. Two different sortsof elections are examined – national and European elections. The question is raised why European Parliament elections results differ systematically from national parliament elections and the concept of first-and second-order national elections is introduced. Theories of electoral behavior (or party choice) are reviewed more systematically. The main lines of the sociological, the economic, and the social-psychological approach to electoral behavior are sketched out. Their problems and their use for the study of first-and second-order national electionsin Europe are discussed. Students are expected to attend class regularly, to keep up with the reading and to contribute to the discussions. There will be two papers and a final exam. (Schmitt)
445. Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform.
Section 001 – Problems of Democratization in East-Central Europe. This course will introduce the student to basic features and problems of the ongoing transitions in East-Central Europe. We will first deal with the nature of state-socialism in the region, the political cultures of the different countries and the causes and triggers for the sudden collapse of the regimes. The course will then move on to the developments after 1989. We will analyse different approaches to economic reform, the emergence of civil societies, party systems and institutions, and examine such obstacles to a successful democratization as nationalism, social impoverishment and nostalgia for state socialist security. The course requires a final exam, two short abstracts and a take-home exam as midterm. (Thaa)
451/Judaic Studies 451. The Politics and Culture of Modern East European Jewry. A course in East European and/or Jewish history, and Comparative Politics is recommended. (3). (Excl).
This course examines the political and cultural history of modern East European Jewry over the last hundred years. By doing so, we aim to illuminate interrelationships between ethnicity, politics and culture. We study how East European Jews developed means for dealing with states and societies that regarded them as alien; how states dealt with this ethno-religious minority; and, more generally, how states manage multiethnic societies. Ideologies, movements, parties and institutions are analyzed, partly through literature, folklore, music, and art. Requirements include midterm and final examinations and a term paper. (Gitelman)
456. Government and Politics of Japan. Pol. Sci. 140, 440, or 450; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Japan is an ever-more interesting country to study, due to both its obvious importance, and 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 has been affected by, cultural patterns, social organization, economic growth and Japan's position in the world. Grading will be by examination and short papers. Cost:3 WL:1 (Campbell)
459/CAAS 449. Africa: Development
and Dependence. Prior or concurrent study of the
Third World; Pol. Sci. 465 is recommended but not required. (3).
Section 001 – African Politics. Examines the institutions that shape political life in Africa. The first part of course is historical and considers the effects of environment on political structure, the differences between segmentary societies and kingships, literacy and political communication, secret societies and diasporas. The second part covers the politics of the colonial era and the nationalist period. The third section explores some of the bold initiatives of independence leaders. The course concludes with a discussion of contemporary struggles for democracy. No prerequisites. (Widner)
460. Problems in World Politics. Any 100-level
course in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit
twice with permission of the instructor.
Section 001. This course will address a range of issues which confront state leaders as they seek to ensure their country's military security and economic development in a competitive international system. Special attention will be given to foreign policy problems confronting the U.S. in the post-Cold War era. 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. Cost:3 WL:4 (Huth)
Section 002. This course stresses the importance of theoretical approaches to the study of World Politics. Students will receive exposure to a wide range of theories of World Politics. More importantly, we will stress theoretical methods, hypothesis testing, and the philosophy of science. We will emphasize hands-on learning of both theory and methods in problem sets. (Pahre)
471. The American Foreign Policy Process. Two
courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3).
Section 001 – U.S. Foreign Policy: Process and Substance. This course has several objectives: (a) to help illuminate the process and setting that produces American foreign policy; (b) to help familiarize students with scientific method and quantitative historical analysis in the context of U.S. role in world politics; and (c) enhance the student's ability to read, analyze, and write in a manner that is conceptually precise, analytically rigorous, and semantically clear. There will be quite a few short abstracts, memos, and analyses, plus one larger written assignment. There will be assigned reading in: (a) two or three required texts; (b) in the scholarly journals. This is not an "oral textbook" course; therefore lectures will be minimal and informal, but rigorous and interactive. This is not the best course for students who are passive or excessively concerned with admission to law school. Prerequisites: Political Science 160 and one 400-level social science course with grades of B+. Cost:1-2 WL:1. To get an override, the student must be a graduating senior and must bring writing samples and a copy of transcript. (Singer)
472. International Security Affairs. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.
The course concerns the changing nature of East-West and North-South relations, focuses on the process by which American national security decisions are made, and treats alternative explanations of national security affairs. A special focus will be on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Persian Gulf War. The course uses a computer-assisted simulation of national security decision-making to provide participants first-hand experience on constraints to rational action. Students should have taken an introductory course in international politics, such as PS 160. There will be two exams, a midterm and a final. Students will be evaluated regarding the quality and quantity of their participation in the simulation. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and the simulation. Cost:3 WL:1 (Tanter)
475. Russian Foreign Policy. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
The course focuses on the international behavior of the Soviet Union and its primary successor state, Russia. The course will cover on U.S.-Soviet relations, the rise and fall of the Soviet empire in Europe, and contemporary Russian relations with the United States and the Soviet successor states. Recommended as background: PS 160, CREES 395. Assignments will emphasize the link between writing style and content in several different formats relevant to politics and political science. The midterm will be a takehome and there will be a final. (Zimmerman)
478. International Relations of the Far East. Pol.
Sci. 160 or Asian Studies 122 or Hist. 111 or equivalent. (3).
Section 001 – The Political Economy of East Asia. Since World War II, the newly industrialized countries of East Asia (NICs), South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, have achieved an impressive economic performance and their economic performance has also been matched by their political progress. Both South Korea and Taiwan have experimented with political reforms in recent years. In recent years, China has also emerged as one of the largest NICs. This course is about the political economy of East Asia. Topics include: the role of state in economic development, export orientation vis-¦-vis import substitution, and the political implications of economic growth. The course also explores the issues related to trade liberalization and regional integration. A midterm exam, a short paper, and a final exam are required. Cost:3 WL:1 (Huang)
482/Econ. 483. Positive Political Economy. Econ. 401. (3).
See Economics 483. (Chen)
491. Directed Studies. Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Political Science 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of eight credits. No more than four credits of directed study credit may be elected as part of a concentration program in Political Science.
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.
493. Senior Honors Proseminar. Open only to senior Honors concentrators. (4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). No more than four hours of Honors credit may be elected as part of a concentration plan in Political Science.
This is a seminar for seniors who are working on Honors theses. Students must be admitted to the Honors program before enrolling.
495. Undergraduate Seminar in Political Theory. Senior
standing, primarily for seniors concentrating in political science.
(3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 001 – Political Action in Democratic Societies. This course examines different accounts of political action in democratic societies. In what does political participation consist? Is periodic voting for national leaders a sufficient account of political participation, or should the truly democratic citizen have a direct influence on all (most?) political decisions? Who can, and who cannot, contribute meaningfully to democratic life? What conditions are necessary for public participation, and do those conditions exist today? These are some of the questions to be considered with reference to classical and contemporary texts. (Wingrove)
Section 002 – Political Theories of Oppression. The canon of European political thought is replete with hierarchical taxonomies of difference tied to affiliations of gender, class, race, nation, and religion – to name some of the most prominent divisions. They are often clustered together – e.g., "race, sex, and class" or "rich, white, man" – especially when considered by liberal critiques of particularism. Or, they may be represented from a radical perspective as manifesting structural defects of colonialism, capitalism, patriarchalism, for instance. And yet of course these group dynamics vary considerably. Students in this course will read texts that grapple with the dynamics of these affiliations, the purpose being to ascertain the specific conceptual frameworks of each, as well as their intersections. We will compare concepts of exploitation, oppression, victimization, and alienation as they are used or suggested in works by conservative, liberal, Marxist, feminist, and anti-racist political theorists. (Stevens)
496. Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics. Senior standing, primarily for seniors
concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected
for credit twice.
Section 001 – Public Policy Formation. This is a small undergraduate seminar which emphasizes discussion and independent written work, rather than lectures and examinations. We will review writings on public policy formation, concentrating on agenda-setting and giving some, but less, attention to decision-making and implementation. We will concentrate on the U.S., but will also compare the U.S. to other industrialized countries. Students will write very short commentaries on readings, and will discuss readings in seminar sessions. Each student will also work throughout the term on a research paper which will use primary sources involving a case of policy formation of the student's choosing. (Ellis)
Section 002 – Law and Society in Environmental Disputes. This seminar will consider the role of law and legal institutions in the development of environmental policy and the resolution of environmental disputes. Through analysis of a broad array of environmental controversies, the following questions will be considered: Private versus public law approaches to environmental management, 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 socioeconomic inequalities in the distribution of environmental burdens. Two papers and an oral class presentation will be required and active class participation is expected. Cost:2 -3 WL:1 (Morag-Levine)
497. Undergraduate Seminar in Comparative and Foreign
Government. Senior standing, primarily for seniors
concentrating in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected
for credit twice.
Section 001 – Religion and Politics in Latin America. In-depth analysis of transformations in religion, in politics, and in relations between the two in the recent experience of Latin America. Emphasis on elements of change in Catholicism, on the surge of growth in evangelical Protestantism, and on the social and cultural meaning of religious change. Particular topics include liberation theology, grass roots Christian communities, the "new meaning of politics," the link of social movements to religious change. Case materials from all across the region but special emphasis on Venezuela, Colombia, Central America, Peru, Brazil. Requirements will include periodic presentations and short papers and a substantial seminar paper. No exams. Permission of instructor. (D.Levine)
498. Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics.
Senior standing, primarily for seniors concentrating
in political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
Section 001 – Political Development. This course will have a double purpose. It will cover some of the key conceptions of political development and explore how such large scale transformations affect other sectors of national life. Moreover, the course will review briefly how national development and the resulting mobilization of resources will affect the structure of international power. The method of instruction will be lecture. Cost:4 WL:4 (Organski)
499. Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis. (3). (Excl). (BS).
This course is an introduction to the construction of empirical representations of political theories and the rigorous testing of those theories against data. Emphasis is placed on the formulation of hypotheses and the use of evidence in testing these hypotheses. This course is restricted to Juniors and Seniors. No background in statistics is required. This is not a statistics course, though we will be using and talking about statistical concepts and some simple descriptive statistics. Course grades will be based on exercises, a final examination, and class participation. Work will be assigned for each class session and will be discussed in class. Everyone is expected to be prepared and to participate in the discussion. The required text is: David Freedman, Robert Pisani, and Roger Purves, Statistics, New York: W.W. Norton, 2nd Ed., hereafter noted as FPP. Required readings other than FPP are in a course pack. Cost:2 or 3 WL:1 (Jackson)
585/SPP 585. Political Environment of Public Policy
Analysis. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 001. A review of the political and organizational environment for policy analysis in the American governmental system. The course will begin with some critical reflections on policy analysis by exploring its political uses and limitations. We will pay particular attention to the importance of political values in the analysis of policy problems and solutions. We will then turn to a detailed examination of the American political system, focusing our attention on the institutions, actors, and decision making processes at the national level. Where possible, we will raise the relevant issues of politics and policy analysis through the examination of substantive policy areas and particular cases. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hall)
Section 002. This course is an introduction to the political constraints that influence the creation and implementation of domestic public policy in the United States. The topics which will be covered include agenda-setting and political framing; Congress, executive agencies, and the judiciary; and state and local constraints upon implementation. The difference between issue analysis and issue politics is a focus of the course. This course is required for all first-year domestic-track MPP students at SPP. Students from other departments must attend the first class meeting to obtain permission to register from the instructor. Cost:3 WL:4 (Lin)
591. Advanced Internship in Political Science. 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. No more than 4 credits of internship may be included as part of a concentration plan in political science. (2-6). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). All internship courses may be elected for a maximum total of 8 credits.
Advanced Internship requires careful, individual planning between senior students in Political Science and individual faculty members who approve the internship and provide instruction. To register for the course, the student must complete the internship form and obtain an override to enter the course. The form is available in 5619 Haven Hall.
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