101. Introduction to Political Theory. (SS).
The course will present students with some fundamental texts of Western political philosophy, Plato to Marx. The aim of the course is to make students acquainted with a tradition that develops a specific mode of inquiry-political philosophy-in the attempt to answer the question: How can human beings live together peacefully? How can we harmonize individual and collective good?
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
395/REES 395/Slavic 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of the Soviet Union. (SS).
See REES 395.
410. American Policy Processes. Any 100-level course in political science. (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.
420/Comm. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (Excl).
This course will focus on the role and impact of the media in the political process. We will study the news production processes and the effects of media coverage on political attitudes and behavior. The role and influence of the media in election campaigns in the U.S., and how this compares with other advanced industrial democracies, is a major focus of the course. Other topics include media diplomacy and media impact on international developments. In the Spring term, the course will be taught on an accelerated basis, meeting four days a week and ending in early June. (Semetko)
460. Problems in World Politics. Any 100-level course in political science. (Excl). May be elected for credit twice with permission of the instructor.
This is an undergraduate course designed to introduce students to a number of important foreign policy issues which confront policy makers in the international system.
471. The American Foreign Policy Process. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (Excl).
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. The class focuses 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)
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 one to six credits. A maximum of four 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.
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