Fall 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: Sarah Niebler
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   DENNY 304
POSC 120-03 American Government
Instructor: David O'Connell
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 313
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
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.
1500:MR   TOME 115
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
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.
1130:MWF   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 110
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01 and MEMS 200-11. 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:TR   DENNY 110
POSC 180-02 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Chauncey Maher, Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-02 and MEMS 200-12. 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.
0900:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 204-01 Competing Political Ideologies
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
This class surveys the major ideologies that compete for political support in Western societies, such as liberalism, conservatism, and socialism, as well as radical alternatives (anarchism and fascism), and new perspectives such as feminism and ecologism/environmentalism. We will also examine the nature of ideology, and whether it is possible to develop a neutral, non-ideological perspective on politics. Prerequisite: 180, or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   DENNY 311
POSC 220-01 Constitutional Law I
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
An analysis of constitutional adjudication in the areas of separation of powers, federalism, and economic rights. Special emphasis is placed upon the idea of a written constitution and the role that judges play in our constitutional system. Topics include Watergate, war powers, and legislative veto. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   DENNY 211
POSC 232-01 Religion in American Politics
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 250-01. This class will provide students with an overview of the role of religion in American politics. Students will become more familiar with the dynamics of a complex and diverse United States through in-depth study of the political differences that define several major religious groups. The political intersections between religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and class will be explored, helping students to think critically about political power. Other topics will include important aspects of constitutional law as they pertain to religious rights, and the various ways in which religion influences public policy.
0930:MWF   DENNY 311
POSC 233-01 Gender, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-03. 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:TF   DENNY 304
POSC 239-01 Research Methods
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Helps the student answer (in the affirmative) the question, "Is political science a science?" Students will learn how to generate and test hypotheses through creating and executing research designs. Survey research, experimentation, content analysis, participant observation, and other methodologies will be studied. Although no prior knowledge of statistics is necessary, Math 121 is helpful. This class is especially recommended for prospective graduate students in the social sciences.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
1330:TF   DENNY 112
POSC 244-01 Public Opinion
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
Examines the origins, nature, and impact of public opinion in the United States. The ways that the public's attitudes are shaped and used by interest groups, politicians, and the mass media will be discussed. Methods of measuring public opinion, with special attention to polling, will be studied. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 247-01 The American Presidency
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
An in-depth analysis of the nature and significance of "the Man" and "the Office," including constitutional development, presidential roles and customs, the recruitment process, the executive branch, and the politics of the presidency. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1500:MR   DENNY 211
POSC 252-01 African Government & Politics
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05. An introduction to the politics of contemporary Africa. After reviewing the large historical, international, and socio-economic patterns of African politics, the course examines in greater depth a sampling of national political systems and salient regional or continent-wide themes. Prerequisite: one course in political science.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
POSC 270-01 European Union
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 270-01. The European Union (EU) remains a work-in-progress, and this course will help students to contextualize the EU's development since the mid-1950s, understand the way that it currently functions, and think about how it is likely to evolve in the future. Substantively, the course covers the theory and history of European integration; the EU's unusual (and evolving) institutional structure and political processes; the major policy areas of the EU; and the power dynamics between the EU and it member states. This course is cross-listed as INST 270.
1500:TF   DENNY 211
POSC 272-01 International Terrorism
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 272-01. This course provides a historic overview of international terrorism, its origins, evolution, characteristics, and the strategies of the participants. Starting with a clear definition of terrorism, the course will examine various historic case studies in an effort to identify common characteristics of terrorist activity, terrorist motivations, the origins of today's terrorist movements, and a general typology of terrorism. Studies will focus on specific "types" of terrorist activity as those types manifest themselves in the world today. The catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 and their impact on the national security of the United States will be the subject of several lessons. Finally, this course will examine the current strategies in the international struggle against terrorism, and their implications and challenges.This course is cross-listed as INST 272.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Robert Nation
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 110
POSC 290-01 Social Movements in Latin America
Instructor: Santiago Anria
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 200-01. Social movements have long played an important role in Latin American politics. This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary social movements, exploring the conditions that facilitate (or inhibit) collective action, the construction of collective identities, the dynamics of social protest, and the political impact of social movements, including their connection with political parties. Readings will cover different theoretical perspectives, different historical periods, and a wide array of old and new social movements, including, among others, indigenous peoples movements, womens movements, and movements representing unemployed workers and the urban poor. Special attention will be given to the impact of democratization, market liberalization, and the regions Left turn on diverse types of social actors.
1330:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 290-02 Zionism: Ideology, Institutions, Cultures & Contestations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 262-01 and MEST 262-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.
1030:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 290-03 Veterans in Politics, Society & Culture
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Throughout history veterans and their organizations have often played an outsize role in shaping regimes, political ideology, legislation and public events such as parades and memorials. At the same time, veterans also have experienced humiliation, homelessness, unemployment and severe trauma upon their return home from war (as seen in the film Born on the 4th of July and represented in songs such as Bruce Springsteens Born in the USA). In this class we will explore veterans experiences in, and impact upon, politics, society and culture. Since war and conflict have produced many veterans over the centuries, the perspective in the course will be historical and comparative, covering the US, Israel, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
1330:R   DENNY 303
POSC 290-04 A New Cold War? 21st Century Russian Foreign Policy and Russia’s Relations with the West
Instructor: Alyssa DeBlasio, Robert Hamilton
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RUSS 260-01 and INST 290-03. This course will examine current Russian foreign policy and Russias relationship with the West, especially NATO and EU countries. The course begins with a brief historical survey of the Cold War relationship between the Soviet Union and the West. It then traces the development of Russias relationship with the West from the collapse of the Soviet Union until the present day. The third section of the course examines current Russian foreign policy and geopolitical theory, beginning with Russian policy in its self-described Near Abroad, moving to Russias role in the wider Eurasian region, and ending with an examination of Russias place in the international system. An overarching theme of the third section of the course is how Russia and the West interact in each of these areas. The course concludes with a discussion of whether Russian-Western relations can be described as a new Cold War, and how the two parties can best manage their relationship to prevent misperception and miscalculation from leading to conflict between them. Taught in English
1500:TR   BOSLER 314
POSC 390-01 Interpreting the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 310-01. This seminar examines the varying approaches and methodologies scholars have adopted in studying the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), one of the most important political events in modern Chinese history. While the course does cover some history, its approach is mainly analytical to formulate effective research results. How can we know if a certain methodology is appropriate? How have primary and secondary sources been used to understand this complex event? The goal is to teach students about what happened during the Cultural Revolution and how scholars have studied it.
1330:W   STERN 12
POSC 390-02 Campaigns and Elections
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
The purpose of this seminar is to examine and analyze the role of the political campaign in the American political system. We will look at key aspects of campaigns candidates; money; polling; advertising; and media as we read current research on the state of campaigning in the United States. Since this seminar occurs during an election season, students should expect to actively engage with current events, relating course topics to what they are observing in the day-to-day campaigns of candidates currently competing for office. Political pundits and commentators generate a tremendous amount of analysis, commentary, and predictions about American elections; however, in this class we will move beyond these types of comments and attempt to understand how voters decide and how campaigns persuade.
1330:W   DENNY 204
POSC 500-01 Global Justice
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description: