Courses in Political Science (Division 450)

Primarily for First and Second Year Students

101. Introduction to Political Theory. (4). (SS).

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

140. Introduction to Comparative Politics. (4). (SS).

This course will provide an introduction to key theoretical approaches and concepts in comparative politics. Topics to be discussed include: comparative methodology; political culture; political development; analysis of political systems: authoritarian, totalitarian and democratic regimes; international influences on domestic politics; and contemporary issues in comparative politics to include such topics as democratization, gender, and nationalism. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: One class presentation based on assigned readings; one eight-page paper discussing a contemporary issue utilizing one or more theoretical approaches discussed in class; and a final exam. (De Garmo)

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

412. The Legal Process. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Law is a public process for resolving disputes that cannot, for one reason or another, be resolved privately. Although legal outcomes often seem to be the necessary product of the application of abstract rules and general principles to particular circumstances, legal results are in fact deeply affected by their context social and moral norms, social inequality, and political necessity. This class is designed to provide a broad overview of the U.S. legal system. It will give you an idea of the range of socio-legal writing and also some context for the system of law under which this country operates. It will be a combination of lecture and class discussion and a moot court exercise in which all students must participate as either judges or lawyers. By the end of the term, you will have a better understanding of how the law operates, what incentives it creates, and what goals it serves. (Novkov)

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

See Communication 420.

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.
Section 101 Contemporary Issues in World Politics.
The Cold War is over, but its end has brought a new set of concerns to the fore in international politics. This course will marry a discussion of several of these salient issues with utilization of theories of international conflict and cooperation. Among the issues we shall consider will be security arrangements in Europe, US-Russian relations, North-South relations, and the globalization of the world economy. There will be a take-home midterm, a final, and a 10-12 page term paper. (Kubicek)

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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