Courses in Political Science (Division 450)

Primarily for First and Second Year Students

101. Introduction to Political Theory. I and II. (4). (SS).

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

140. Introduction to Comparative Politics. I and II. (4). (SS).

An introductory survey of the governments and politics of several contemporary societies in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

361. Current Issues in World Politics. (2-4). (Excl).
Section 101 Globalization, Democratization, and Neonationalisms. (2 credits).
For Spring Term, 1994, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 398.001. (Dashti)

420/Comm. 420. Politics and the Mass Media. Pol. Sci. 111, 300, 410, or 411. (4). (Excl).

See Communication 420. (Semetko)

460. Problems in World Politics. Any 100-level course in political science. (3). (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. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($30) required.

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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