Courses in Political Science (Division 450)

Primarily for First and Second Year Students

111. Introduction to American Politics. (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 government 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? This is not a comprehensive list but suggests the kinds of issues that are discussed in this course.

160. Introduction to World Politics. (SS).

This course provides an introduction to basic approaches to the study of international politics. Material on the theories underlying these approaches is grounded in case studies of events from World War I to the present. The object is twofold: to familiarize students with the ways in which analysts have tried to understand international politics, and to equip students with both substantive knowledge of, and a grasp of the underlying theoretical issues concerning contemporary international problems.

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

418. Women and the Political System. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (SS).

This course will analyze the participation of women in political life and will investigate barriers to their participation.

444. Government and Politics of the Soviet Union. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (SS).

This is a course on the origins and the nature of the Russian/Soviet political system and on the ways in which our understanding of its political dynamics could influence its future.

472. International Security Affairs. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (SS).

This course introduces students to the key issues in U.S. Security policy. Topics in nuclear weapons policy include deterrence theory, including questions of limited nuclear war and extended deterrence; the evolution of the U.S. Strategic nuclear doctrine and forces; Soviet strategic doctrine and forces; the effects of nuclear weapons; debates over U.S. nuclear force posture and doctrine, and arms control.

483. American Political Parties and Electoral Problems. Political Science 111, 140, 410, or 411; or permission of instructor. (SS).

This course examines American political parties within a comparative context. After a brief discussion of the historical development of the American party system the following topics are considered: party organization, party leadership, campaigns and party finance, leadership recruitment, nominations and the national presidential convention and primary systems, elections and voting behavior, and party leadership in the policy process in government.

492. 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.

See Political Science 591 (Spring Term) for description.

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.

See Political Science 592 (Spring Term for description.


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