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Political Science Graduate Courses

  • POLS 5010 - American Constitutional Law

    Study of the politics of American constitutional law through the study of Supreme Court cases and other public documents.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5015 - Constitutional Politics

    The United States Constitution confers authority on the various branches of government in order to empower the federal government. At the same time, the Constitution is designed to restrain public officials in their exercise of institutional power to prevent abuse of government power. In Madisonian theory, the separation of powers system works when one branch challenges another in its exercise of power. Those who challenge another may be motivated by politics or partisanship, but they couch their challenge in constitutional language. Hence 'constitutional politics' serves as conflict that is healthy for the American constitutional order. The system is in trouble when public officials fail to engage in conflict; if one branch asserts excessive power and another branch does not challenge it, then the system runs into the danger of tyranny, which James Madison defined as the accumulation of powers in one branch. Course examines historic and recent constitutional issues to assess whether each branch has lived up to its responsibility of checking the others. If any branch has been remiss, we will explore why.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5040 - Civil Liberties

    A problem-based approach to U.S. civil liberties law.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5050 - American Political Parties

    Examines the growth, development, and operation of political parties in the United States.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5060 - Elections and Campaigns

    Examines the operation of political campaigns in the context of American elections.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5061 - Politics of Appalachia

    Provides an introduction to Appalachia, its identity, diversity, (political) culture, and political patterns; also political concerns such as migration, poverty, and powerlessness. The course investigates the region¿s political economy¿with a special focus on the coal industry¿and how it fits into the broader national economy. Finally, the course includes an examination of responses to various problems by all levels of government--national, regional, state, and local¿plus non-governmental actors; the course investigates reform and resistance efforts.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5062 - American Voting Behavior

    Many studies of American elections are premised on the actions of individual voters (as well as potential voters and non-voters). Introduces the classics in the field of voting behavior research, along with recent studies that attempt to stand on the shoulders of these earlier works. Focuses on these two primary questions: a) why do people vote; b) how do they decide for whom to vote? One guiding concern is the issue as to whether voting behavior is self-interested or whether it reflects societal norms. Analyzes patterns of voting behavior in order to better assess American democracy and the manner in which it operates.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5065 - Public Opinion, Political Participation, and Protest

    Examines the nature and content of individual and mass political opinion and behavior with an emphasis on explanations of opinion changes, the connection between political opinion and political participation and protest activities, and the consequences of various forms of political behavior for government and democracy.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5067 - Women and Politics

    Examines the role of gender in shaping American political life, with an emphasis on the empirical study of gender in politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5155 - The White House: Management and Administration

    The White House is the center of American public administration. Introduces the White House as a ''mini-bureaucracy'' at the hub of the national government, to include the Executive Office of the President, the White House Office, and the far reaching extensions of presidential bureaucratic power as embodied in such operations as presidential travel. Explores the role of staff within the White House. Focuses on the questions: a) how does the White House work; b) what makes it different from other bureaucracies in the American system of government?

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5180 - Interest Groups in American Politics

    Organization and tactics of pressure groups and their impact on the policy-making process.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5190 - Gay and Lesbian Politics

    Analysis of gay and lesbian political issues such as same-sex marriage, military inclusion, non-discrimination, and hate crimes.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5210 - The Politics of Law and Sexuality

    An exploration of the regulation of sexuality in the U.S. from legal and theoretical perspectives. Cases and other materials will address a variety of issues including the right to privacy, pornography, the right to marry, and gays in the military.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5230 - Political Leadership

    Examines the role of leadership in democratic society, which an emphasis on the relationship between leaders and their constituencies, as well as the consequences of leadership decisions.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5240 - American Federalism and Public Policy

    Provides an in-depth historical, political, and administrative examination of the American intergovernmental arena.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5250 - Environmental and Natural Resources Politics and Policy

    Examines the institutional context and political dynamics of environmental policy-making in the United States. Topics include public support for environmental protection; the role of science in the policy process; the major actors and avenues of influence; and current policy issues.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5260 - Politics of the Contemporary Environmental Movement

    Analysis of the U.S. modern environmental movement including the characteristics and contributions of the mainstream; radical environmentalists' tactics and philosophies; grassroots environmentalism, and the role of women in environmental activism, and environmental racism and justice, and the role of people of color in the environmental movement.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5270 - Theories of American Foreign Policy

    Exploration of different theoretical approaches used for the analysis of American foreign policies from past to present. Emphasis on explaining American foreign policy changes with the use of theories from international relations.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5300 - Politics in Western Europe

    Government and politics in several west European nations.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5310 - Politics in Eastern Europe

    Discussion of recent political shifts in eastern Europe, from communism through current revolutions/transitions. Special focus on construction of democratic institutions, economics reforms, post-communist justice, and ethnic politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5340 - Government and Politics of Latin America

    Political systems of Latin America. Emphasis on power relationships and political obstacles to change in contemporary Latin America.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5360 - Government and Politics of Brazil

    Surveys the politics and political institutions of Brazil. Includes an examination of the major historical developments in Brazilian politics; the country's governmental structure and political processes; the challenges and opportunities facing today's Brazil.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5370 - Government and Politics in Britain

    A study of the major political processes, personalities, and institutions of British government, including key foreign policy issues.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5380 - Government and Politics in Germany

    Major political processes, personalities, and institutions of contemporary Germany, including key foreign policy issues

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5390 - Government and Politics in France

    Major political processes, personalities, ideas, and institutions of modern France.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5400 - The Politics of Developing Areas

    Major theories and problems of political, sociocultural, and economic development in new states of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, with special emphasis on heritage of colonialism, struggle for independence, and political adjustments to rapid social and technological change.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5410 - African Politics

    Development and structure of modern African states with emphasis on political processes in tropical Africa.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5415 - Religion and Global Politics

    Examines the impact of religious values, beliefs, and organized faith groups on global politics. Considers how religious laypeople and leaders impact political processes in domestic politics and international relations, as well as how faith communities compete and coexist in the political sphere. Approach will be both contemporary and historical, as well as comparative. Cases might include the impact of religion on global and national law, the role of religious activists in governmental and non-governmental organizations, the relationship between individual and collective religious values and national political outcomes, and the impact of secularism on politics. Focus will be global, although U.S. cases may be considered in comparative perspective.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5420 - Middle East Politics

    Examination of the major issues and dilemmas in contemporary Middle Eastern politics, including: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the role of religion and nationalism, the status of women, and efforts at development and democratization.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5440 - East Asia in World Politics

    Examines the evolution of East Asia in world politics in the postwar era, including both the historical antecedents and alternative theoretical perspectives, as well as a variety of contemporary, political, economic, and security issues related to this region.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5450 - Government and Politics of Japan

    Political institutions and processes of Japan with emphasis on developments since 1945.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5460 - Government and Politics of China

    Political institutions and processes and major political developments in China, with emphasis on recent events.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5470 - Government and Politics of Southeast Asia

    Traditional governments in southeast Asia, Western colonialism, rise of nationalism, achievement of independence.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5480 - Comparative Public Policy

    Examines and compares characteristics of public policy in various national political settings. Students: (1) discover more about how public policies in the United States differ from other countries; (2) think about why this is the case; (3) focus on how policies shape the political realm; and (4) develop the skills to become effective policy analysts.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5490 - Nationalism/Ethnic Conflict

    Examines the nature of nationalism and its sources. Considers the nature of state boundaries and the political contention that can lead to violence based on national identity. Explores the means to resolve or prevent such conflicts.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5495 - The Challenges of Democratization

    Focuses on the process of democratization in historical and comparative perspective. Topics include historical and contemporary debates over the meaning of democracy and how to qualitatively and quantitatively "measure" democracy; the major theories of democratization, democratic transition, and consolidation; trends in authoritarian efforts to limit or prevent democratization; the theory and practice of institutional design in new democracies; case studies of successful and failed democratization.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5497 - Capitalism and Democracy

    Examines the interaction between the economy and politics in a comparative context focusing on domestic issues and linkages, which in political science is called comparative political economy. Today most economies have a significant share organized along market capitalist lines, and these market capitalist economies are heavily shaped by the regime type whether democratic or non-democratic and variations within each sub-type, so comparative political economy is about capitalism and democracy or the lack thereof. Analysis takes a theoretical approach that emphasizes competing frameworks including liberalism, Marxism, and neo-mercantilism. Issues examined include welfare state politics, varieties of capitalism, market failure and the state, embedded capitalism, the role of business among others. Allso examines the unique challenges facing less developed countries.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5550 - International Law

    Studies the contribution of international law to order, power, and justice in international politics. Explores historical origins and current problems in the field, with attention to classic debates over the sources, purposes, and interests associated with international law. Places formal aspects of law (centered on the United Nations and the International Court of Justice) within the wider context of global governance, including the influence of customary international law and the work of non-governmental organizations. Discussions and readings include critical perspectives on international law as a vehicle of power in a world of inequality.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5555 - Transitional Justice

    Focused study of the emerging field of transitional justice, from war crimes tribunals and truth commissions to official apologies and reparations. Examines key challenges, such as: how uncovering truth should be balanced with providing justice; whether strategies focused on individual rights and criminal responsibility can alleviate social and economic injustices; and whether conflicting identities should be forgotten or transcended. Incorporates discussion of theoretical frameworks for addressing distributional conflicts, the politics of identity, and the politics of memory.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5560 - International Organization

    Studies efforts by state and non-state actors to organize and institutionalize international politics. Considers classical explanations for why states cooperate to form international institutions, and how these wield authority in a world of sovereign states. Examines the rise of non-state actors, including international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), terrorist networks, and transnational religious organizations. Specific cases discussed, including: the United Nations; the European Union, ASEAN, and other regional organizations; and various INGOs.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5565 - International Human Rights

    Studies human rights as a vehicle for moral and legal change in international politics. Considers various ways of thinking about what human rights are and how they work at the international level. With a focus on the United Nations system, the course assesses problems and debates concerning the implementation and enforcement of human rights. Addresses difficult questions such as: How well do treaties work in promoting human rights? How can human rights be enforced in the absence of higher authority? And what role do non-state actors play? Considers case studies in a variety of issue-areas, such as: the use of torture, war crimes, indigenous rights, women¿s rights, and the right to development.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5570 - National Security in the Contemporary Era

    Introduces the concepts and problems of attaining international "security" in an ever-changing world. Profound changes at the international level have taken place in the past decade which have had a major impact on how we conceive of security. Provides an overview of the traditional and new sources for insecurity and explores the consequences of states' quests for security in the contemporary era.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5580 - Introduction to War and its Causes

    Introduces the concept and causes of war. Discusses the phenomenon of war in the broader context of social behavior, and explores the natural or unnatural elements of international violence.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5590 - Terrorism

    Introduces the phenomenon of terrorism, in both its domestic and international forms. Through comparative case studies, aims to understand the motivations, goals, tactics, and strategies of terrorism. Considers the relationship between terrorists and the various political and cultural groups with which they interact from states and international authorities to transnational criminal networks and religious communities. Addresses the historical responses of state, regional, and international actors to terrorism and assesses competing views on how the United States and other nations could and should respond to this threat.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5600 - International Political Economy

    Examines the politics of the world economy. Topics covered include the politics of international trade, the politics of the international monetary system, and international cooperation.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5630 - African International Relations

    Overview of political, economic, and social issues that shape the external relations of African nations, and of non-state and international participants in these relations.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5650 - Global Media Politics

    This course studies mediated communication in global politics, including both the impact of mass media on the foreign policies of states and the more recent use of social media by state and non-state actors. Readings and discussions address the role of mediated communication in public opinion, political mobilization, citizenship, identity, global justice, and democratic deliberation. The course uses historical and contemporary case studies germane to the study of international politics, including major wars, revolutionary movements, breaches of state secrecy and cybersecurity, Internet freedom, and efforts to promote global political dialogue. Students consider both tendencies of mediated communication to sow enmity and conflict and opposing trends toward universal connectivity and transnational citizenship.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5700 - Democratic Theories and Practices

    Placing contemporary democracies in both historical and comparative context, examines the relationship between legitimacy, authority, participation and voice. Central focus is the 'edges' or boundaries of democracies: is there a private realm at the edge of democracy? How is it established? What is democracy's jurisdiction? There are margins within and outside of a democratic community, where lines between insiders and outsiders are drawn and redrawn. How do location and membership shape our practices of democratic responsibility? What is the relationship between injustice and democracy?

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5705 - The Politics of Rights

    There are few legal, normative, and political issues more important than the efforts and struggles surrounding rights. It could be argued that the emergence of democratic political systems rested much of their legitimacy upon the claim that they guaranteed certain fundamental rights for citizens. Course examines the multifaceted character of rights discourse and struggles. The varied origins of rights narratives will be explored, as well as the controversies over the extension and effectiveness of rights to diverse populations. Students think critically about the rights they take for granted as well as the rights yet to be granted, to themselves and/or others.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5710 - Contemporary Radical and Critical Theories

    Examines contemporary political and social theories that have been critical of historically hegemonic ideas and regimes. Begins with theories that assume a relationship between knowledge and power, and also between theory and practice. Includes expansive concepts of politics that go beyond government. Theories such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, deconstruction, feminism, anarchism, animal rights, critical race theory and postcolonial theory may be examined.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5720 - Resistance, Reform, and Revolution

    Explores the intertwined character of power and resistance. In the process, gain both an understanding of forms of power and resistance in everyday life, and to use such an understanding to negotiate the power in our own lives. Also explores how power is not only prohibitive, but productive; and attempts to figure out what that means for our quests to live good lives and to experience freedom.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5730 - Animal/Human/Machine

    Political theorists are concerned with concepts of political agency. How does political action occur? Who can be political? What are the terms of political discourse? During the past 10-15 years, a "post-humanist" discourse has emerged. This has come from two main sources. First, a whole of host of studies in psychology and biology have challenged the idea of human exceptionalism (i.e. the idea that humans are a unique animal). In study after study, things once thought to be unique to humans are found in animals (use of tools, communication of relatively complex ideas that some call language acquisition, emotions, laughter, lying, making war, etc.). This is not coming from animal rights, but from science itself. Second, technology and experiments with artificial intelligence, computers, social networking, sex-change surgery, artificial insemination, etc. have challenged us to find new ways to conceptualize thought and the body. These also challenge what it means to be human. Given that an assumption about the stability of the category "human" has been the principle anchor for all theories of politics up till now, these scientific discussions pose important problems for politics, and consequently, for political science.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5738 - The Politics of Race in Global Context

    Examines the transnational origins, scope, and diffusion of racial ideas and materiality. Begins with a basic introduction to the concept of race, its origins and evolution in the global realm and its subsequent centrality to discourses of modernity, empire and capitalism. Explores race as a system of global power relations that has changed over time, manifests differently across space, and exists on multiple planes. Close attention is paid to the operation of racial politics along multiple geographic and temporal scales in order to discover how race can independently affect both domestic policy outcomes and international relations among nation-states.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5739 - Politics of Race

    Examines various, intricate relationships between race and politics in the United States. Starts with a basic introduction to the concept of race, its origins and evolution. Attention paid early on to the contradictory projects of democracy and racial hierarchy, specifically, the enterprise of white supremacy. Looks at past and present racial topographies, including, but not limited to, trends in partisanship, political ideology and voter turnout per racial group. Examines how the three branches of government have supported America's war on drugs, and subsequently how this war has differentially impacted the American people on lines of race, gender, and class. Investigates how racial identity is shaped by varying economic, social and political contexts, and further how these identities can be mobilized for collective purposes. We think critically about what is at stake in adhering to or diverging from particular racial identities in the political and social arena, how racial identities are policed by group members, and lastly, what is at stake in defining racial authenticity. Last set of readings treat the ways racial anxieties are manipulated during electoral campaigns as a strategy for specific political gains.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5740 - Sexuality and Queer Theories

    Explores intersections of gender and sexuality with other primary forms of identity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religiosity, class and culture. Queer theorizing explored both as a critical tool and as a resource for a more transformative alternative politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5750 - Politics and Film

    For many political scientists and theorists, politics involves an ongoing conversation over the meaning and distribution of power in our lives. A major part of the discussions and debates are the various forms of entertainment that many times attempt to represent the world around us through film, music, and other media. Examines the diverse ways that politics, power, and film intersect and co-constitute one another. Investigates how race, sex, class, gender and other identity formations are represented in film, attempting to discern how images either perpetuate or resist dominant societal norms.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5751 - Critical Race Theory

    Examines, analyzes, and theorizes race and racism from a critical and politicized perspective. This rich theorectical perspective points out that racism is still a pervasive part of contemporary societies, and seeks out effective ways to challenge racism's existence and impact on various groups and societies. Examines Critical Race Theory as a theoretical and political alternative for understanding and criticizing racism in contemporary settings. Critical Race Theory critiques perspectives that claim far-reaching progress has been made combating racism. Challenges students to think in new ways about contemporary manifestations of racism. Explores innovative ways to challenge the widespread prevalence of racism.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5752 - The Politics of Intersectionality

    Examines the emergence and prevalence of 'intersectionality' as a theoretical framework, political practice, and terrain of lived experience. Intersectionality signifies the simultaneity of identities and is commonly considered a robust approach to examining complicated, lived experiences. Intersectionality illuminates how multiple forms of disempowerment intersect and interact with one another, and captures the ways such intersections lead to deeper and more complex forms of subordination. Examines how a person who suffers from racism, poverty, and sexism has a much different lived experience than a person who may experience racist oppression, but whose sex and class status are privileged according to societal norms and expectations.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5753 - American Whiteness

    Engages Critical Race Theory and Critical White Studies in order to better understand how 'whiteness' perpetuates itself and racism as well. Critically examines the concept of whiteness, and what it has meant to the (white) public over time. To what extent is being white a biological, ideological, psychological, or political phenomenon? Introduces theories of whiteness as a legal construction, as a privileged status, and as a dynamic social identity. Aids understanding the political meaning of whiteness by examining the relationship of whiteness to American citizenship, immigrants' motivations to assimilate into whiteness, and by learning how politicians and governmental bodies have protected the interests of white Americans by inscribing white privilege into public policies. Investigates white American public opinion on political issues, their attitudes about people of color, as well as what they think about their own racial group and racial identity. Discusses the normative quality of white racial identity, and how colorblind ideology makes it difficult to see and understand whiteness as power and privilege. Examines the contexts in which whiteness is made visible, and how awareness of white racial identity can be cultivated.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5754 - Black Political Thought

    Surveys various ideological traditions that have inspired the political visions and agendas of Black Americans. Though white supremacy has negatively affected the lives of Black Americans for centuries, the response to racial oppression has been far from monolithic. In challenging white hegemony and racial oppression, Black thinkers have addressed the contradictions inherent in the joint projects of egalitarianism and racial hierarchy. Some of the greatest contributions to American political thought emerged from competing ideological frameworks, such as the debate over accommodation versus full and immediate racial integration, nonviolence versus self-defense, and socialism versus capitalist entrepreneurship, just to name a handful of contests. In envisioning an optimal racial environment, generations of activists have inserted their concerns over other related social arrangements such as sexism, classism and heterosexism, and have consequently pushed Black and non-Black Americans alike to imagine their ideal political conditions.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5755 - Latinos and Politics

    Explores the histories and contemporary politics of the diverse and expanding Latino population. Focuses on people of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, but incorporates other groups where information is available. Covers how patterns of immigration and resources shape the foundation for Latinos' political incorporation and mobilization within the United States. Examines the political needs and goals of various Latino sub-groups by studying public opinion, voting patterns and non-electoral behavior, and will assess the extent to which these groups are able to achieve their visions. Reflects upon the unity and tension within this group. Assesses whether Latinos have a set of political attitudes and behaviors that distinguish them from other racial groups.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5756 - The Politics of Visibility

    Vision and visibility are key organizing features of political inquiry, responsibility, governability, and contestation. Particularly in a contemporary setting inundated with technologies for seeing and rendering a wide variety of subjects and phenomena visible, power and visibility have become intrinsically interconnected. Studies the various manifestations of vision, visibility, and invisibility. Racialized politics of visibility especially emphasized, along with the multifaceted ways that visible identities more generally render some bodies and subjects more susceptible to political surveillance, social control, and discrimination.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5757 - Race, Violence and Human Security

    There are few issues in contemporary politics more important than human security. There are also few forms of oppression and discrimination more important than racism. Yet, envisioning and seeing the various ways that racism leads to vast and deep human insecurity have generally been neglected as political problems and inquiries. Addresses racism and racial violence as human security issues, encouraging students to search out creative ways to reduce the varied hostile environments that emerge from racist forces.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5758 - Race and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective

    Seeks to conceptualize, explore and explain the complex relationships between race and the creation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. First half offers overview of some dominant theories of public policy, including rational actor models, institutionalism, policy framing and agenda-setting, causal stories, and policy networks. Second, applies these theories in order to complete a more in-depth examination of policy areas that have either implicitly or explicitly institutionalized racial difference and/or disadvantage. Focus will be comparative; though substantial examples drawn from the United States and the industrialized world, also draws insights from developing contexts as necessary.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5759 - Interracial Transgressions

    Explores multiple arenas of interracial transgressions. Explores the complexities of interracial transgressions by analyzing the role of politics, law, policy, literature, film, geopolitics and vernacular discourse in the construction of interracial relationships, transracial contact zones and multiracial identities. Drawing from case studies in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia and Brazil, examines a wide variety of issues related to the construction of mixed-race as a social identity and mode of racial classification, and the potential for racial transgressions in areas of sex, love, friendship, media, dance, music and geography, paying particular attention to the complex relationships among race, gender, class, and sexuality.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5760 - American Political Thought

    Origin and development of political ideas in the U.S. experience.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5765 - Diaspora, Transnationalism and Post-Colonialism

    This course introduces students to the theories, concepts and applications of the field of post-colonial, transnational and diaspora studies. As post-colonial studies is a wide field, we are engaged here in acquiring a working knowledge of its major ideas, conceptual platforms and methods of inquiry that are the bases of post-colonial studies. We will be examining some of the key themes in post-colonial studies, as well as reading some of the foundational texts on which the field of post-colonial studies is grounded. The varied and multi-disciplinary fields of study that form our theoretical framework are founded on three premises: a) that whilst the era of formal colonialism is over, the social institutions, cultural practices and ideological formations produced by colonialism and other forms of oppression have left their legacy in the contemporary world; b) that mainstream ways of thought, interpretation and action have been informed and continue to be permeated by dominant conceptions from the West; and c) that race is a transnational phenomenon, tied to and imbued with the power of modernity. These foundations provide some identifiable common denominators: a willingness to challenge the hegemonic assumptions of the West; a moral imperative to understand history and society from the point of view of those it has least benefited and who have been marginalized and even oppressed; an understanding that the current world system is the result of a world-historical racial project; and as a result, a theoretical commitment to developing new, more inclusive and more progressive ways of thinking and analyzing social, economical, political and historical forces that critically interrogate Western hegemonic forms of knowledge. Post-colonialism therefore includes studies of the formal colonial period and its aftermath. We are here mostly concerned with ¿late colonialism,¿ and the majority of this course will focus, although not exclusively, on the British colonial empire. This course is highly theoretical and interdisciplinary. Material will be chosen from a wide variety of geographical areas and from post-colonial thinkers from different disciplines.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5770 - Legal Theory and Social Problems

    Examination of legal reasoning and normative values of judges, lawyers, and legal theorists, in shaping legal solutions to contemporary social problems.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5780 - Feminist Political Theories and Movements

    Explores feminist work as both a vital critical perspective and a source of alternative and transformative visions. Examine mechanisms and manifestations of patriarchy as they play out across fields of struggle--cultural, social, economic, as well as traditional political spaces. The relationship between patriarchal forms of oppression and other practices of domination--race, sexuality, class, or ethnicity based critically analyzed. Normative visions generated from feminist perspectives explored as alternatives to patriarchal orderings.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5800 - Program Evaluation

    Examines what factors affect the performance of public programs and organizations. Surveys the processes of policy formulation and implementation within the context of politics. Students expected to design evaluation methods and conduct statistical analysis of governmental interventions

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5805 - Political Science Fiction

    Science fiction holds a mirror to the norms, rules and institutions that exist in the contemporary political world, engaging in fundamental comparisons about the way the world is, how it came to be, and what alternatives may exist for the political future. Examining and analyzing the prominent themes and issues in these fictional worlds sheds light on past, present, and future political phenomena of our real one. The course examines works of science fiction (both literature and film) side-by-side with political analyses of a variety of topics: state- and nation-building, war and peace-building, citizenship, race, gender, bio-ethics, revolution and rebellion, the military industrial complex, capitalism and democracy. For example, fiction works that may be used in the course include Foundations, Game of Thrones, the Hunger Games, World War Z, the Handmaid¿s Tale, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, etc. Science fiction literature and film are points of departure for a more substantive focus on these and other important issues in contemporary politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5830 - Introduction to Research Design

    Principles and techniques of social science research.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5840 - The Politics of Sustainability

    Political questions are interwoven throughout the discourse and practice of sustainability. Is there a difference between sustainability and sustainable development? Is environmental sustainability the paramount goal, or should natural capital be sacrificed to pursue economic prosperity and social equity? Analyzes the inherent ambiguities of the three dimensions of sustainability--environmental, economic and social sustainability--and the political challenges associated with achieving sustainability at the local, national and global scales.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5880 - Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

    Examines how collaborative dispute resolution approaches can be used to address complex public issues such as land use disputes, the management of natural resources, and the use of social services. Topics and skill building exercises include conflict assessment, consensus-based decision-making, interest-based negotiation, mediation, and the politics of public dispute resolution.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5900 - Special Topics in Political Science

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5901 - Special Topics in American Politics

    In-depth exploration of a special topic in American politics. Exposed to key concepts, theoretical debates, and/or methodological concerns with respect to the field of American politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5902 - Special Topics in Law and Politics

    In-depth exploration of a special topic in the study of law and politics. Exposed to advanced research, key concepts, theoretical debates, and/or methodological concerns with respect to the study of the politics of law in domestic and global settings. .

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5903 - Special Topics in Political Theory

    In-depth exploration of a special topic in political theory. Exposed to key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and or methodological concerns with respect to the field of political theory.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5904 - Special Topics in International Relations

    In-depth exploration of a special topic in international relations. Study relevant cases, as well as the theories and concepts scholars and practitioners use to understand the topic under consideration.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5905 - Special Topics in Comparative Politics

    In-depth exploration of a special topic in comparative politics. Exposed to key concepts, theoretical debates, and/or methodological concerns with respect to the field of comparative politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5910 - Public Affairs Internship

    Provides qualified students with the opportunity to learn through working in selected public and private agencies related to public affairs.

    Credits: 1 - 12

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 field experience/internship

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5931 - Independent Study in American Politics

    Independent study designed to expand understanding in a selected area of American politics not covered in regular course offerings.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5932 - Independent Study in Law and Politics

    Independent study designed to expand understanding in a selected area of law and politics not covered in regular course offerings.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5933 - Independent Study in Political Theory

    Independent study designed to expand understanding in a selected area of political theory not covered in regular course offerings

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5934 - Independent Study in International Relations

    Independent study designed to expand understanding in a selected area of international relations not covered in regular course offerings.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5935 - Independent Study in Comparative Politics

    Independent study designed to expand understanding in a selected area of comparative politics not covered in regular course offerings.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 independent study

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5941 - Research in American Politics

    Individual supervised research on a selected aspect of American government and politics based on student's special interest.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5942 - Research in Law and Politics

    Individual supervised research on a selected aspect of law, courts, or socio-legal theory based on student's special interest.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5943 - Research in Political Theory

    Individual supervised research on selected aspects of political theory based on student's special interest.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5944 - Research in International Relations

    Individual supervised research on a selected aspect of international relations based on student's special interest.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 5945 - Research in Comparative Politics

    Individual supervised research on a selected aspect of comparative government and politics based on student's special interest.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 research

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6000 - Seminar in Political Science Scope and Theory

    Acquaints graduate students with the field of political science and is organized around issues in the philosophy of social science. Provides students with the tools to frame research questions within the field of political science and to go about answering them.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6010 - Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods

    This course provides students with a foundation for understanding the use of common quantitative research methods in political science.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6020 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

    This course examines advanced quantitative methods used in political science. Students will learn when and how to apply particular techniques to address important research questions in political science. The course will begin with an in-depth analysis of multiple regression, move on to consider extensions of the multiple regression model, and finally introduce maximum likelihood estimation.

    Requisites: POLS 6010

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 laboratory

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6100 - Seminar in American Politics

    Introduction to the subfield of American politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6120 - Seminar in American Politics II: Executive & Legislative Institutions

    Introduces some of the latest theoretical innovations in theories of American political institutions (executive & legislative). It explores how the make-up of executive and legislative institutions influences their behavior at the federal and state levels. Institutional actions that will be covered in the class include war-making, budgetary decision-making, and policy-making in the social and economic arenas. The impact of external actors--political parties, interest groups, the media--will also be investigated.

    Requisites: POLS 6100

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6300 - Seminar in Comparative Politics

    This course examines some of the main theories,concepts, approaches and themes in comparative politics.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6500 - Seminar in International Politics

    A graduate-level introduction to the study of international politics and international affairs. Considers various frameworks and approaches from international relations and adjacent disciplines in the humanities and other social sciences. Applies both traditional and critical approaches (addressing race, gender, and other aspects of inclusion and exclusion as important aspects of international politics) to topics such as: causes of war; international norms and institutions; economic and political integration; role of non-governmental organizations, terrorist networks, and other non-state actors; humanitarian interventions and human rights; and the impact of globalization. Emphasis on critical assessment of how competing frameworks shape the way we understand these challenges.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6520 - Seminar in Theories of International Relations:II

    Introduces some of the latest theoretical innovations in theories of International Relations. Explores how the social constitution of states influence their behavior at the international level. In particular, these theories look at the social constitution of states' national identity and they show how culture constitutes national identities, nations, and nations' foreign policies. States' actions that will be covered in the class include decisions to fight wars or not, choices of strategic culture, support for arms control and non-proliferation, overseas expansion, engagement in economic and political integration, participation in humanitarian interventions, responses to terrorism, resistance, or not, to globalization.

    Requisites: POLS 6500

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6600 - Seminar in Law and Politics

    An introduction to scholarly approaches to the study of law and courts.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6700 - Seminar in Political Theory

    This course introduces students to key concepts in normative, western political theory. The course will begin with the development of the idea of democracy in ancient Greece, and will cover significant works up through the present. Concepts discussed may include ideas such as the political, humanism, the role of religion in politics, democracy and representation, political legitimacy, authority, political obligation, citizenship, equality, freedom, identity, the public, the private, the market, tradition, modernity, revolution and social change. Students will be encouraged to think about how these ideas are enmeshed with regimes of power, and how they have shaped political debates both historically and in the present.

    Credits: 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

    Eligible Grades: A-F,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6900 - Special Topics in Political Science

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

  • POLS 6950 - POLS Master's Thesis

    Research, writing, and preparing a Master's thesis.

    Credits: 1 - 4

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 thesis/dissertation

    Eligible Grades: A-F,CR,PR,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I

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