Spring 2015

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: 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 211
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-01.
1030:MWF   DENNY 313
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Musgrave
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.
0930:MWF   DENNY 110
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-03.
1330:R   DENNY 313
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
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 fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.
1130:MWF   DENNY 110
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.
1500:TF   DENNY 211
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. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and QR graduation requirement.
1500:MW   DENNY 304
POSC 245-01 Political Parties and Interest Group
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 313
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 103
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.
1330:TF   DENNY 313
POSC 259-01 Law, Politics, and Society in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 259-01 and LAWP 259-01.
1330:TR   STERN 103
POSC 261-01 Authoritarianism & Change in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 261-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 204
POSC 270-01 European Union
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 270-01.
1330:TF   DENNY 110
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01.
1500:MR   DENNY 204
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Robert Musgrave
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-02.
1130:MWF   DENNY 212
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 281-02 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-02.
1030:TR   BOSLER 208
POSC 290-01 How the Great War Made America Modern
Instructor: K Wendy Moffat, Tami Biddle
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 301-01, ENGL 349-01 and HIST 215-03. This interdisciplinary course posits the entry of the United States into World War I as a pivotal moment in its becoming a modern society and a global political force. We will trace the emergence of the US government as a force in the lives of Americans; the emergence of the US as a great power, and as the owner of a sizable and increasingly powerful military establishment; and the effect of war trauma (particularly PTSD) in medicine and public policy. We will read widely (in policy, journalism, literature, government documents, personal accounts, war theory, history) to explore the following questions: What were the justifications for and debates about America entering a foreign war ? If you become a great power and create a large military full of people whom you then send off to war, how do you bring them home again? What do the burdens of this war experience look like and feel like to those who carry them? What do we do (or fail to do) as a nation to help people bear those burdens? How does the experience of America in World War I shape ideas about the role the US military should play in the world? How did America face (or avoid) reckoning with the cost (material and psychic) of the war?
1330:T   ALTHSE 201
POSC 290-02 The Politics of American Pop Culture
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
This class will explore the important interactions between pop culture and American politics. Over the course of the semester, we will explore topics such as the impact of hip hop music on political behavior, the partisan and informational consequences that come from watching comedy programs like Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, government censorship of entertainment products, the politics of sports and fashion, and the impact that pop culture has had on the criminal justice system. This class will also feature a number of in-depth case studies, ranging from the political career of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the use of social media by the Howard Dean presidential campaign.
1030:TR   DENNY 313
POSC 290-03 Religion in American Politics
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
This class will provide an overview of the role of religion in American politics. The course will have four major units. In the first unit we will study the basics of religion and politics, including the Puritan legacy, the roles and functions of the First Amendment, and the various ways in which religion impacts political behavior. The second part of the course will review the distinctive politics of a series of important religious groups, including the Christian Right, the Christian Left, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. In the third unit, we will explore the intersections between religion and public policy in areas like education and healthcare. Finally, we will conclude by examining the most important recent developments in the relationship between religion and politics, i.e., the growth of politically influential mega-churches.
0930:MWF   DENNY 304
POSC 290-04 Intelligence and National Security Policy
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in National Security Policy. The course provides a brief historical overview of US intelligence operations, an understanding of the organization and operations of the U.S. Intelligence Community, definitions and descriptions of the various intelligence disciplines their management, uses, limitations, methods, costs, and significance for strategic analysts, policymakers, and planners. The course also addresses the legal basis of U.S. intelligence, intelligence analysis and dissemination and the uses of finished intelligence in the making and execution of national security policy. The course continues with lessons on counterintelligence and deception, and intelligence-related activities at the strategic level, such as "special activities." There will be lessons that will cover the role of the Intelligence Community in the interagency policymaking process, interface with the policymaker and Congressional oversight. The course concludes with a lesson devoted to the future of U.S. intelligence. This course will also include several writing assignments of varying length, all focused on the writing genres currently in use in the intelligence and security fields.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 390-01 International Relations in a Multipolar World
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was left as the worlds sole superpower. In this senior research seminar, we will explore what has happened to American power in the two decades since the international system became unipolar and consider what is likely to happen to it in the future. Students will examine the scholarly debate about U.S. power, the nature of unipolarity, the challenges that the U.S. faces in maintaining a dominant international position, and the conduct of international relations in an increasingly multipolar world.
1330:R   WESTC 1
POSC 390-02 Comparative Political Corruption
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
The comparative political corruption seminar will focus on embezzlement, bribery, and other abuses of public office for private material gain. After a general introduction to the subject (definition, measurement, consequences), we will investigate why the level of political corruption varies so widely from country to country (from endemic in Nigeria to almost non-existent in Singapore). Six case studies (United States, Israel, Italy, China, Russia, India, Angola) will help us to isolate the most important factors that explain this variation. The seminar will conclude by considering alternative reform strategies for reducing corruption. Readings will include Robert Klitgaard's classic book "Controlling Corruption," Chinua Achebe's novel of political corruption in a new nation, "No Longer at Ease," and other texts.
1330:W   DENNY 303
POSC 390-03 The Politics of Environmental Protection in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01 and ENST 311-06. This seminar 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:W   BOSLER 214
POSC 500-01 Ideological Influence and Judicial Decisions: Recent Case Studies in Doctrinal Development
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
 
POSC 500-02 Security Consequences of the Arab Uprisings
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-01 Gender Gap: A Comparative Study of Women as Elected Leaders
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-02 Political Guide to Campaigns
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-03 Immigration in Southern Europe
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description: