Courses in Political Science (Division 450)

Primarily for First and Second Year Students

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

An overview of some classic texts of Western political thought. Inquiry into assumptions about politics and the words used to express them. Persistent political questions, such as the nature of power, authority, freedom, and justice are discussed in classic and modern contexts.

111. Introduction to American Politics. (4). (SS).

This course examines a range of topics under the broad heading of government and politics in the United States. We will begin by examining the theoretical frameworks of American government, with emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Following this, we will look at American politics at the level of individual citizens and political institutions, paying particular attention to the ways in which the two are linked. Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to) public opinion, elections, interest groups, Congress, and the presidency.

160. Introduction to World Politics. (4). (SS).

This course will introduce students to the fundamental issues of international relations. The course will familiarize the students with the main theories that help us to understand the behavior of states in the international arena and factors that motivate the international politics of nations. These theories will then be applied to explain a number of important issue-areas of world politics. Illustrations from current world developments.

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

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

Legal Process combines the study of legal theory with selected case studies in American and comparative law. The course examines the nature of legal interpretation, the organization of legal institutions, the role of constitutions in structuring governments and legal systems, and the relation between law and politics.

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

See Communication 420. (Thrall)

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 rogue states, such as Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Cuba. Students should have taken an introductory course in international politics, such as PS 160. There will be one exam and a paper on a rogue state. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and presentation. Cost:3 WL:1 (Tanter)

479/CAAS 479. International Relations of Africa. (3). (SS).

There were two underlying passions in the demand by African leaders for independence: the passion for development and the passion for equality in the international community. On the attainment of self-rule, therefore, African countries sought to give economic and political substance to their newly won freedom on the international scene. Immediately after independence, most African economies were closely integrated into those of the former colonial powers. Independence gave the leaders the opportunity to diversify their economic and political links with the dual aim of reducing their dependence on the former colonial powers and influencing the evolution of the world order in their interests. The basic objective of this course is to examine the strategies that African governments have encountered in their attempts to restructure their external economic and political relations. We will focus particularly on: Africa's emergence on the international scene; inter-African relations; Africa's changing relations with the superpowers and other power blocs; and Africa in a changing world economy. No special background is needed for this course for advanced political science students. Grades will be based on two papers and a final examination. (Twumasi)

491. Directed Studies. Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (1-6). (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. 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. (2-6). (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 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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