Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 120-01 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.
0930:MWF   DENNY 211
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 104
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
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.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
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 104
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Edward Webb
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01. 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 304
POSC 242-01 Political Behavior
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
Cultural, social, and psychological factors which contribute to forms and directions of political behavior. Special attention is given to American voting behavior, ethnic political behavior, and personality influences on politics. Field surveys are undertaken to illustrate contemporary trends. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1500:MR   DENNY 204
POSC 243-01 Mass Media and American Politics
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
Examines the causes, content, and consequences of political news, primarily focusing on television. It will explore the ways in which audience characteristics, organizational routines, and professional socialization influence the style and substance of the news. The content of news will be analyzed for: the three branches of government, war, foreign governments, crises, and presidential campaigns. The impact of the media on political behavior will also be discussed. Content analysis will be used by students to systematically analyze television network news. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   DENNY 304
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01. An introduction to the politics of contemporary Latin America. Emphasis is placed upon the varied political institutional responses to socio-economic change in the Americas. Major countries to be analyzed include Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba. Prerequisite: one course in political science or Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. This course is cross-listed as LALC 251.
1330:TF   DENNY 313
POSC 253-01 Russian Politics
Instructor: Robert Nation
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.
1500:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 255-01 Chinese Politics
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01. An introduction to the contours of contemporary politics as shaped by traditional and revolutionary legacies, the institutions of state socialism, China's underdevelopment and struggles over power and policy.
1330:TR   STERN 103
POSC 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 260-01. Together we will try to answer the questions: What roles do media technologies and practices (particularly new digital technologies) play in the politics of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries? How do states respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in the communication ecosphere? We will study the development of mass media and its regulation in the MENA region. Students will collaborate to produce presentations for the class on particular problems in the role of media in politics and society, and will also complete individual critical and reflective works. The class will make extensive use of digital and social media, seeking to understand their political and social impact partly through first-hand experience. This course is cross-listed as MEST 260. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 270-01 European Union
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 313
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
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.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
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.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 201
POSC 290-01 Intelligence and National Security Policy
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. 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 290-02 Veterans in Politics, Society & Culture
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Topics not normally studied in depth in the regular offerings are analyzed in these special topics courses. Recent offerings have included: Contemporary Political Ideologies, Mexican Politics, Political Thought of the Enlightenment, Politics in Fiction, Separation of Powers, The Bill of Rights, and Italian Politics. Prerequisite for 290 is dependent upon topic.
1330:W   ALTHSE 07
POSC 290-03 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.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 290-04 Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity, and American Politics
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Focus on the experiences and activities of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans and Native Americans in the political sphere. Course examines the social construction of race in America and the relationship between race and public opinion, political representation and political behavior.
1330:MR   DENNY 203
POSC 290-05 The Personal is Political: Gender, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 202-03. Overview to field of gender and politics. Examines role women play in U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. Course also discusses theories of the role(s) gender plays in various aspects of politics.
1330:TF   DENNY 212
POSC 290-06 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 290-05, MEST 200-02 and RUSS 260-01.Taught in English. 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:MR   BOSLER 208
POSC 390-01 American Political Development
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
Since the early 1980s, political science has witnessed an explosion of research on the subject of American political development (APD). APD is more than just political history. APD has common methodologies and a number of central topics, most prominently the state, liberalism, the trajectories of public policy, and analyses of the importance of timing and sequencing. This course will provide students with a critical introduction to the APD body of research. In order to do so the class will be organized around a guiding theme- the influence of ideas and emotions in American political history. The first half of the class will focus on the role of ideas in APD. Units will cover populism, conservatism and religion, among other topics. The second half of the class will concentrate on the role of emotions. Units will be structured around topics like disappointment, racism, fear and political passion. Not appropriate for first-year students.
1330:T   DENNY 112
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 550-01 Violence, Religion, and the State in Comparative Perspective
Instructor: Edward Webb
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POSC 550-02 Media as a Tool of Mobilization and Counter-Mobilization
Instructor: Edward Webb
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POSC 550-04 Speech or Sex: Political Perspectives on the Porn Debate
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
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POSC 550-05 Housebroken: Political Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
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POSC 550-06 Outside Groups and Poltiical Parties
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
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POSC 560-01 Catholic Politicians and The Polticis of Abortion Position Taking
Instructor: David O'Connell
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