Courses in Political Science (Division 450)

Primarily for First and Second Year Students

101. Introduction to Political Theory. (SS).

This introductory course explores a variety of ways in which people have portrayed political reality and denied political ideals. Material will be presented in historical sequence, with newly emerging ideas seen as responses both to newly arisen circumstances and to previous ideas. The course aims to stimulate critical thinking about politics more than to increase factual knowledge.

140. Introduction to Comparative Politics. (SS).

This course will provide students with an understanding of politics in Western Europe, China, and the Soviet Union, and familiarize them with concepts used to analyze politics.

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

300. Contemporary Political Issues. (SS).

The course will focus on the implications of recent political change for the conduct of political campaigns and the governance of the country.

410. American Policy Processes. Any 100-level course in political science. (SS).

This course examines the formulation and implementation of public programs, mainly those of U.S. central government. Lectures and readings concentrate on the contribution of political culture, institutional structure, and strategic choice to policy outcomes. The course proceeds by lecture and class discussion.

417. Legislative Process. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (SS).

This course will examine the politics of 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-executive relations; Congress and budget policy-making; parties and coalition-building; congressmen's voting decisions. Throughout the course one of our main objectives will be to assess the policy making performance of Congress and to examine the proposals for institutional reform.

420/Comm. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (Excl).

See Comm. 420. (Williams)

491. Directed Studies. Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Political Science 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of eight credits. No more than four hours 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. May be elected for 1-6 hours; a maximum of 4 credits may be applied toward the concentration core in political science. 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.

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. (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 the 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.

592. 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. (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). All internship courses may be elected for a maximum total of 8 credits.

Same as Political Science 591.


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