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Spring/Summer Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Political Science

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Spring Half-Term Courses

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POLSCI 101. Introduction to Political Theory.

Theory

Instructor(s): Marek D Steedman (mdsteed@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains," says Rousseau. In this course we will explore what this might mean, whether Rousseau is right, and how anyone could know, through an examination of some of the key texts in Western political thought. Other authors include Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Marx, and Mill. Class sessions will be a mix of lecture and discussion.

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POLSCI 111. Introduction to American Politics.

American

Instructor(s): Veronica Lynn Reyna (vreyna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/polsci/111/101.nsf

This course will provide an introduction to U.S. politics and government institutions. We will address the theoretical underpinnings and political development of our current institutions, including the Constitution, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, elections and campaigns, interest groups, policy, political parties, and participation. In conjunction with analysis of U.S. institutions, we will also address major areas of U.S. politics like political culture and socialization, political power, civil rights, and avenues for change.

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POLSCI 160. Introduction to World Politics.

World

Instructor(s): Sarah E Croco (croco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~croco/ps160.html

This will be a reading-intensive course designed to give students an overview of the study of world politics. Topics to be covered include those related to security (e.g., theories of war, alliances, the Democratic Peace, deterrence, etc.) and international political economy (trade, international organizations, cooperation, and international development). Students will be required to write a paper on a piece of political science research they find interesting. Students also will be evaluated with weekly exams.

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POLSCI 319(414). The Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.

American

Instructor(s): Gena Patricia-Brooks Flynn (gpb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: POLSCI 111. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines a number of Supreme Court decisions in the field of civil liberties and civil rights. In addition to identifying the political significance of the decisions, emphasis also is placed on the evolving and unique nature of the Court in American politics.

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POLSCI 325(420) / COMM 484. Mass Media and Political Behavior.

American

Section 101.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: COMM 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/comm/484/101.nsf

See Communication Studies 484.101.

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POLSCI 336(440). Comparative Politics.

American

Section 101 — Civil Societies: Theory and Practice.

Instructor(s): Deniz Tulay Erkmen (erkmend@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: POLSCI 140 or upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar attempts to provide an in-depth discussion of a widely used term among students of democracy: civil society. It examines the debates over the definitions of civil society, and the notions of "public sphere" and "civic engagement". After tracing the theoretical roots of the concept in the Western political philosophy, and studying its functioning in the West, the seminar looks at the forms civil society is taking in other settings, concentrating on Eastern Europe and former the Soviet Republics, and the Middle East. Studying civil society in non-Western contexts brings out important questions. Is civil society an inherently Western idea that does not resonate outside of its home culture? Can we transfer it to non-Western settings, and does it mean the same thing? Will the forces of civil society help in democratization in Middle East in the same way they are credited with doing in Eastern Europe and in Latin America? Or are the Middle Eastern countries doomed to authoritarian governments because of Islam or dependent economic systems?

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POLSCI 348. Political Economy of Development.

Comparative

Instructor(s): Amit Ahuja (aahuja@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

While keeping an eye on the Economics of Development, this course will attempt to examine the explanations rooted primarily in the politics of the State and markets to understand development and prosperity. We will draw heavily on literature that focuses on present-day Developing countries, however, where necessary we will also read about the developmental experience of countries, which are a part of the developed world today. We will spend the eight weeks of this course analyzing stories of economic success, stagnation and collapse, and will try to identify the political explanations for these diverse outcomes.

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POLSCI 389(489). Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

Section 101 — Domestic Politics - International Conflict. [Credits?].

Instructor(s): Irfan Nooruddin (irfann@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~irfann/teaching/389.html

This course asks how domestic politics affects the likelihood and nature of international conflict between state actors. Course requirements are regular attendance, short critical essays, and a midterm and final examination.

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POLSCI 389(489). Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

Section 102 — International Human Rights Law. [Credits?]

Instructor(s): Eleni Eleftheriou (hmnrts@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/spring/polsci/389/102.nsf

The basic objective of this course is to explore many current global problems, as well as the newly established International Criminal Court, as we examine the tension between human rights and sovereignty. We will focus on the problems and prospects for improving the status of global human rights in the post-Cold War era. Students will be required to write a term paper on a topic of their choice relevant to human rights, and to present their research to the class.

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POLSCI 491. Directed Studies.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. POLSCI 491 and 492 may be elected for a combined maximum of eight credits. (1-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of directed study credit may be elected as part of a concentration program in Political Science. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 with a supervising faculty member.

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POLSCI 140. Introduction to Comparative Politics.

Comparative

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Aaron Michael Stern (sterna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for First and Second Year Students. (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sterna/

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

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POLSCI 314(483). American Political Parties and Electoral Problems.

American

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Jae Jae Michelle Spoon (jaejae@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: POLSCI 111. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

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In this course, we will explore and analyze the characteristics and determinative conditions of the American party and election system from a comparative perspective.

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POLSCI 318(413). American Constitutional Politics.

American

Section 201.

Instructor(s): John Min Kang (johnkang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: POLSCI 111. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Constitution consists of a mere 5,000 words but is asked to settle a countless number of problems, ranging over an awesome diversity of areas. A document that is no more than a dozen or so pages is asked to provide answers to questions about school prayer, abortion, affirmative action, gay marriage, interstate commerce, the right of terrorists to free speech, and the meaning of freedom of contract (and that's just for starters). How do we know what the Constitution has to "say" about any of these things and how the problems that arise within them should be decided? This course begins to examine the relevant exegetical methods and political philosophies that attend constitutional interpretation. This course does not expect to give you firm answers but to provide you with the tools for deriving answers of your own.

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POLSCI 389(489). Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science.

Section 201 — Human Rights. [Credits?]

Instructor(s): Ifeoma M F Okwuje (iokwuje@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in political science. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

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By considering the origins, expansion, and reality of international human rights norms, this course serves as an introduction to human rights norms and standards, the strengths and weaknesses of the current international human rights regimes, and an understanding of the complexities unique to international human rights. The course will explore the origins of the modern international human rights regime, post-World War II, the major international institutions and mechanisms by which international and regional human rights norms have been established and enforced, and the role of non-governmental organizations in the development and enforcement of international human rights norms and standards.

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POLSCI 400(402). Selected Topics in Political Theory.

Theory

Section 201 — Ancient Greek Political Thought.

Instructor(s): Eric Steven Kos

Prerequisites & Distribution: POLSCI 101 or 301 or 302. Prerequisites enforced on Wolverine Access. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an advanced introduction to ancient Greek political thought. Through the careful reading of selected surviving texts of the early poets, physiologists, Sophists, and the works of Plato and Aristotle and the historical and cultural circumstances of ancient Greece, we will explore the genesis and early development of reflection on politics. The principle concerns will revolve around a series of questions about the varieties and the boundaries of political questions, the nature of political knowledge, the method and aims of political philosophy, and the relationship of political philosophy to questions of liberty, equality, morality, human nature, education, and social science.

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POLSCI 492. Directed Studies.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in political science and permission of instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. POLSCI 491 and 492 may be elected for a combined maximum of eight credits. (1-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of directed study credit may be elected as part of a concentration program in Political Science. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A directed study course on an individual research topic that is developed between an individual student and a faculty member.

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POLSCI 592. Advanced Internship in Political Science.

Section 201 — [3 credits].

Instructor(s): Lara Rusch (lrusch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: 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. (2-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of internship may be included as part of a concentration plan in political science. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (2-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will focus on the process by which public policy is created and how various actors participate in and influence that process at the national level. We will also explore how political science and "real life" experience can inform one another. This will be a very "hands-on" course, since students will use their internship offices as research sites for their class projects. Guest speakers from the Washington political community will be scheduled to share their insights with the class. Requirement: Basic knowledge of American government. The course will be limited to 15 students on a first come/first served basis and will meet in Washington, DC once a week. Location, day and time TBA.

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POLSCI 592. Advanced Internship in Political Science.

Section 202.

Instructor(s): Lawrence Greene (lrgre@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: 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. (2-6). (Excl). No more than four credits of internship may be included as part of a concentration plan in political science. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (2-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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