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? In what ways do presidents and bureaucrats affect public policies? This is not a comprehensive list but suggests the kind of issues that are discussed in this course.

160. Introduction to World Politics. (SS).

The primary purpose of this beginning course is to expose the student to the core questions that should be asked at the 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?

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

401(403). Development of Political Thought: Modern and Recent. Junior standing or two courses in political science. (Excl).

We will focus on the major works of political philosophy from the seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. In the process we will be concerned with the theoretical foundations of liberalism (the political philosophy which focuses on individual rights and equality within the political structure), its transformation over three centuries, and the critiques which have been offered of it by such authors as Marx and Nietzche.

445. Eastern Europe: Revolution, Reaction, and Reform. (Excl).

This course traces the political development of the socialist countries of Eastern Europe from revolution through reform.

455. Government and Politics of China. (Excl).

The Chinese government is guiding nearly one-quarter of mankind through the industrial revolution. This historically unprecedented effort is being directed by a revolutionary party that gained power through a massive rural insurgency in a country that had over the centuries made world renowned achievements in culture and statecraft. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF CHINA uses these three broad dimensions China's traditions, the revolutionary history of the Chinese Communist Party, and the strains of the transition to industrial society to analyze the politics of the People's Republic of China since 1949.

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.

See Poli.Sci. 491, Spring Term.

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 Poli.Sci. 591, Spring Term.


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