Courses in POLITICAL SCIENCE (DIVISION 450)

101. Introduction to Political Theory. (SS).

The course will present students with some fundamental texts of Western political philosophy, Plato to Marx.

140. Introduction to Comparative Politics. (SS).

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

411. American Political Processes. Any 100-level course in political science. (Excl).

This is an advanced course which provides an understanding of American politics.

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

See Comm. 420. (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 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)

472. International Security Affairs. 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. 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)


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