Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 120-01 American Government
Instructor: James Hoefler
Course Description:
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.
0900:TR   DENNY 212
POSC 120-02 American Government
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.
1030:TR   DENNY 304
POSC 120-03 American Government
Instructor: Eleanor Schiff
Course Description:
A basic introductory course in American federal government which emphasizes its structure and operation. Special attention is given to the executive, legislative, and judicial processes.
0930:MWF   DANA 101
POSC 150-01 Comparative Politics
Instructor: Santiago Anria
Course Description:
An introduction to comparative political analysis with applications to political systems, processes, and issues in countries of the Third World and in advanced industrial states alike. The purpose of the course is to learn to observe systematically, to analyze political phenomena, and to distinguish and evaluate the assumptions underlying alternative approaches to the study of politics.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-01. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1130:MWF   DENNY 304
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-03. An introduction to global politics which examines the interaction of states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in the world arena. Topics covered include traditional concerns such as war, balance of power, the UN and international law along with the more recent additions to the agenda of world politics such as international terrorism, human rights, and economic globalization. This course is cross-listed as INST 170.
1230:MWF   DENNY 311
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01 and MEMS 200-05. An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course is cross-listed as PHIL 180.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
POSC 180-02 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-02. An introduction to the history of political thought, focused on such problems as the nature of justice, the meaning of freedom, the requirements of equality, the prevalence of moral dilemmas in political life, the question of whether we ought to obey the law, and the importance of power in politics. We will also discuss how these issues continue to resonate today.This course is cross-listed as PHIL 180.
1330:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 206-01 Multiculturalism
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 253-01. How can ethnic minorities be incorporated into Western democracies as equal citizens? Must the state support the continuation of cultural practices and traditions? What if those practices conflict with the freedom and equality of members of minority groups, especially of women or children? These are among the most vexed and pressing issues for many democracies and a key part of recent debate in political theory. They raise major philosophical questions, such as how we can treat people as equals while respecting the differences between them and what the limits of toleration are. We will survey the main recent responses to these questions. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 253. Prerequisite: 180, or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   DENNY 211
POSC 208-01 Justice in World Politics
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 285-01. An examination of how states ought to make ethical decisions about policies of global scope. Should asylum seekers and economic migrants be granted access to social services? How must states fight wars? How ought resources to be distributed between countries? We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the arguments that have been developed in response to at least two of these questions. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 285. Prerequisite: 170, 180 or PHIL 180, or permission of the instructor.
1330:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 231-01 Public Administration
Instructor: Eleanor Schiff
Course Description:
An analysis of the organization and functioning of the national bureaucracy in a democratic society. Special attention is given to presidential management, theories of organization, independent regulatory agencies and bureaucratic pathology, financial and personnel administration, and administrative responsibility. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   DENNY 211
POSC 233-01 Gender, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-01. Overview of gender and politics in the United States. Examines the roles women play in the U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. The course also discusses gender-based differences in political participation inside and outside of government.This course is cross-listed as WGSS 202. Prerequisite: 120 or AP credit equivalent.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 245-01 Political Parties and Interest Groups
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
A study of the functions, structures, and operations of American political parties and interest groups. Special attention is given to the techniques of running a campaign for office, to the role of the media in superseding American parties, and to the interactions of government with the two largest "interest groups": business and labor. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1330:W   DENNY 212
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01. A study of the structure, processes, and institutional role of the American judiciary. Topics may include: the adversarial system, criminal and civil procedure, implementation of court decisions, judicial decision-making, legal development, and legal reasoning. Special attention is given to the federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as LAWP 248.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 253-01 Russian Politics
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
An introduction to contemporary Russian politics and policy, set against the backdrop of both the communist legacy and traditional Russian political culture. Coverage includes political institutions such as the presidency and the legislature, political processes and behavior such as elections and voting, and key policy issues such as economic policy. The course will conclude with an examination of Russia's evolving place and role in the international system. Prerequisite: one course in political science or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
POSC 258-01 Human Rights
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies a global consensus on the fundamental importance of human rights as a political value. But the idea and its practical applications have provoked intense controversy around the world on issues such as freedom of expression, capital punishment and torture, gender and sexuality, religious freedom, social and economic justice, and cultural and minority rights. Prerequisite: one social science course or permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   STERN 103
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01. A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: 170 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 280.
1330:TF   DENNY 103
POSC 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-02. A survey of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. American approaches to such issues as containment, detente, arms control, deterrence, international law, and third world economic development will be discussed. Students will also address issues of U.S. foreign policy formulation, including the roles of the public, Congress, and the president in the foreign policy process. Prerequisite: 170 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 280.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01. Analysis of formulation and implementation of American national security policy within the context of American society and the international system. National security will not be considered simply in a military/strategic sense but as connoting the preservation of the core values of a society. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or 120 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 281.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
POSC 283-01 Intelligence and National Security
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 283-01. This course provides a basic understanding of the history, organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in developing and executing U.S. national security policy. The course also examines the significance of intelligence for policymakers and planners, the legal issues surrounding intelligence practices; the relationship between Congress, the Judiciary, and the intelligence community; and the future of U.S. intelligence.Prerequisites: 120 & 170/INST 170. This course is cross-listed as INST 283.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 290-01 The Politics of Parks
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
Whether located at the center of a city or in the midst of a wilderness, public parks comprise a uniquely modern public good, designed to meet competing and complementary needs for social recreation, open space, and the conservation of nature and preservation of biodiversity. Worldwide they host endangered animals like Bengal tigers and "urban animals" like pigeons, squirrels and household pets. They are home to cricket and softball leagues as well as history-changing protests and orations. We will examine public and national parks as public policy, objects of planning and design, expressions of political culture and social change, and opportunities to represent and rethink the relationship between humankind and the natural world.
1500:MR   DENNY 313
POSC 290-02 Global Security
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-03. The course offers an introduction to Security Studies as an academic field and a practical foundation for professional engagement with security affairs. The search for security is basic to all social and political interaction, but security itself is a contested concept that can be applied in different ways to individuals, states, and the global system. Traditionally, the formal study of International Security has focused on the nation-state, including territorial defense, the role of military assets in pursuit of national interests, and the struggle for power. These concerns remain vital, but in the 21st century the security challenge has broadened to include new kinds of issues and approaches. These include the alternative discourse of Human Security as well as transnational challenges such as criminal trafficking, terrorism, environmental disintegration, pandemic disease, etc. Our course will look closely at both traditional and new security challenges. We will confront the problem of global security conceptually, develop a comprehensive portrait of global security challenges, and explore ways and means available to address them.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 290-03 The Politics of Environmental Protection in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-02. This course takes a close look at the political, social, and legal issues that affect environmental protection in Asia. Focusing attention on China, Taiwan, Japan, and India, and by drawing upon scholarly literature in political science, sociology, law, and history, the course aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the myriad factors, which shape the content of environmental legislation and policies and how these are implemented in society. Does China's authoritarian system give environmental law more "bite"? What roles do NGO play in Asia? Does Confucianism or Hinduism make people more or less inclined to protect the environment? How do Asians deal with the impact of rapid economic growth? In short, we will try to understand the complex interaction between political, legal, and social dimensions of environmental protection in a region that is home to half of the world's population and three of the world's current and future economic powerhouses.
1330:TR   DENNY 21
POSC 290-04 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-04 and MEST 200-03 and RUSS 260-01. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
POSC 290-05 European Migration and Refugee Debates
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. This course examines how different European countries and the European Union are affected by and address various aspects of migration. It explores selected topics including but not limited to citizenship and refugee policies, the multiculturalism debate, welfare state policies (education, employment and retirement), the rise of populism and party politics in the aftermath of the refugee crisis, security issues, and issues of gender and migration.
1500:TF   DENNY 211
POSC 290-06 The Media in War and Peace
Instructor: Jacob Jacob
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. This course examines the role of the media in international crises and in peace-building and the techniques adopted by state and non-state actors as well as international organizations to influence media performance before, during and after violent conflicts. It begins by examining the theoretical role of the media in peace-building and in international crises and then, through a case study approach, measures media performance in practice in the major conflicts of the cold war and in the post 9/11 era. The course also explores the role of the media in international peace support operations ranging from the military humanitarian interventions in the Balkans in the 1990s to recent UN Peacekeeping Operations in the DRC, Somalia and Sudan. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the role of the media as an observer, participant or catalyst in war and peace. They will be equipped to reflect more deeply on the nature of the medias role in either pushing governments into military, peacekeeping or humanitarian involvement in foreign crises or pulling them out of them. They will also be able to evaluate the role of the media as agents of terrorist propaganda and/or agents for countering violent extremism.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
POSC 390-01 Human Rights and Human Security
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
1330:T   DENNY 204
POSC 390-02 China's Economic Reform after 40 Years
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01. This seminar will explore the wide-ranging impact of China's post-Mao economic reforms. Its main goal is to significantly deepen students understanding of certain facets of the current Chinese scene and develop and hone analytical and writing skills. We will be covering politics (both high and low ), economic and social changes, protest, law and private and family life, among other topics.
1330:W   DENNY 204
POSC 390-03 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 490-01. This seminar will study interactions of state, society, and religion in the Middle East and North Africa from different perspectives, including media and public culture, institutions, and individual versus group rights. Participants will examine questions such as state regulation of religious activity, the experiences of religious minorities, and religiously-inspired political parties and organizations in several countries to include Iran, Turkey, Israel, and one or more Arab states. Each participant will write a substantial research paper, as well as contributing to weekly discussion in class and online
1330:M   ALTHSE 07
POSC 550-01 Free Speech in Academic Settings
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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POSC 550-03 Humor as an Oppositionist Force in Political Discourse
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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POSC 550-04 Effect of Armed Conflict on Women's Political Participation
Instructor: Edward Webb
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POSC 550-05 US Gun Culture: A Critique
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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POSC 550-06 Citizenship and Surrogacy in Japan
Instructor: David Strand
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