Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 120-01 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.
1030:MWF   DENNY 304
POSC 120-03 American Government
Instructor: Edward Webb, 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.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
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: Edward Webb, Mark Shirk
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.
1500:TF   DENNY 311
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-03.
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 207
POSC 170-04 International Relations
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-04.
1330:W   DENNY 110
POSC 170-05 International Relations
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-05.
1330:MR   DANA 202
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Edward Webb, Mark Shirk
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-01.
1330:TF   DENNY 110
POSC 239-01 Research Methods
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
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 120 and/or Math 121 are helpful. This class is especially recommended for prospective graduate students in the social sciences.This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and QR graduation requirement.
1500:MR   STERN 11
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.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 304
POSC 252-01 African Government & Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-07.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01.
1330:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01.
1330:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 290-01 International Terrorism
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01.This course will cover the global war on terrorism, its origins, its characteristics, and the ends, ways and means of the participants. We will begin by seeking to arrive at a working definition of terrorism. We 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. We will focus on specific "types" of terrorist activity as those types manifest themselves in the global war on terrorism. We will address the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 and their impact on the national security of the United States. Finally, we will examine the current strategy of the United States in the global war on terrorism, and its implications and challenges.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 290-02 European Security
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02.What security issues do European countries face? How are European countries and the European Union responding to various threats? This course delves into the structure of European security, examines the security challenges confronted by Europe, and weighs the opportunities these challenges present for enhancing Europe's security and global leadership. Students will learn how European governments define security and formulate strategies to meet a host of security concerns. In particular, this course addresses the nature of NATO-EU relations, the development of an independent European security and defense policy, the status of European military forces and defense procurement, the performance of European peacekeeping operations in the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), Africa (the Congo), and Afghanistan (ISAF), the assessment of potential threats emanating from Russia (energy security), and the European response to transnational terrorism.
0900:TR   STERN 103
POSC 290-03 China's Foreign Relations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01.This course examines China's relationship to the major world powers, regions and international roganizations. Beginning with a consideration of Chinese traditions of dealing with foreign countries, we will then examine the revolutionary legacy of Mao Zedong and the reorientation of foreign policy under Deng Xiaoping after 1978. The course will focus on the role of ideology, history, culture, interests, and leadership in China's foreign relations.
1030:TR   STERN 103
POSC 290-04 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.
1030:MWF   DENNY 104
POSC 290-05 Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity
Instructor: Edward Webb, Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 202-02.Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of political change in American politics. Course discusses organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, and low-income people.
1330:TF   DENNY 304
POSC 390-01 Summits: A Study of Pivotal Moments in International Relations
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
This seminar investigates the political dynamics and long-term ramifications of international summits that are arguably major turning points in modern international relations. The seminar takes a comparative look at the fundamental components of summitry: the influence of personal diplomacy, the effectiveness of negotiating strategies and tactics, the management of public relations and messaging, and geopolitical pressures and implications. Students will study in detail the Congress of Vienna, the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Munich Conference of 1938, the Allied Conferences during WWII (Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam), Nixon-Mao Summit Meeting, and the 1978 Camp David Summit. The class will also utilize role-playing simulations to highlight themes and test negotiating strategies.
1330:T   ALTHSE 206