Spring 2014

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 203
POSC 120-02 American Government
Instructor: Vanessa Tyson
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:TR   DENNY 304
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-01.
1030:MWF   DENNY 311
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 170-03.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
An introduction to the history of Western thought on the problems of the possibility of knowing political justice and creating a just polity. Major texts from the tradition will be discussed.
0900:TR   DENNY 110
POSC 202-01 Recent Political Thought
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
1030:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 206-01 Multiculturalism
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
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. Prerequisite: 180, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.
1500:TR   DENNY 313
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 211
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.
1500:MW   DENNY 304
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01.
1030:TR   DENNY 104
POSC 250-01 West European Government and Politics
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-03.
1030:TR   DENNY 313
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: J Mark Ruhl
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.
1330:MR   DENNY 313
POSC 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 260-01.
1330:MR   DENNY 104
POSC 273-01 International Political Economy
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 273-01.
0900:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-01.
1330:MR   STERN 103
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Jeffrey McCausland
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01.
1330:T   ALTHSE 106
POSC 290-01 Intelligence and National Security Policy
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 290-02 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 110
POSC 290-03 Black Americans and the Political System
Instructor: Vanessa Tyson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-04. This course will focus on how the continuing struggle for black empowerment has helped to shape both current American political environment as well as the social and economic conditions of the black community. While this course primarily focuses on the relationship between African-Americans and the US political system from WWII on, some attention is paid to the period of Reconstruction in order to lay a firm foundation for the analysis of modern black politics. The unique nature of African-American politics requires a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject. Consequently, materials and lectures will also show how the study of race relations, psychology, economics, and sociology can inform our understanding of the critical importance of black politics to American politics. After considering such topics as the rise of the civil rights movement and the governmental institutions, this course will conclude by contemplating the election of President Barack Obama and whether a New Black Politics has emerged, reflecting the entire nations move to the political right over the last three decades. This course is aimed at students who want to explore the idea of diversity and inclusion in the political process. How do structures within the public/political realm constrain Africa-Americans both in their immediate experiences and the longer legacy of racial inequality? It is expected that these tops will be given thorough analysis in class discussion that both societal and personal values will be explored and articulated by students, and that considerable thought will be given to the perpetuation of racial inequality in the United States.
1330:TR   DENNY 317
POSC 290-04 Marginalization & Representation
Instructor: Vanessa Tyson
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-02. This course explores the political representation of groups that have historically been marginalized in American society and excluded from the democratic process either through statute or through common practices. In particular, issues of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia will be addressed.
1330:W   DENNY 203
POSC 290-05 Anarchism
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 261-02. Though it has a rich history and a vibrant contemporary role, anarchism--or the view that there ought to be no government--is not an ideal that will be realized any time soon. Yet it provides a fundamental challenge in political philosophy; it presses its opponents to justify the existence and scope of state power from the ground up. We will examine individualist, communist, and postmodern anarchisms, looking at the works of such thinkers as William Godwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Emma Goldman, and Michel Foucault.
1500:TF   DENNY 311
POSC 290-06 Asian Urban Ecology
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-03. Asian cities are among the most economically productive in the world, and also number some of the most polluted and environmentally challenged urban centers on the planet. Further complicating this picture is the fact that many Asian cities are also on the cutting edge of policies associated with ecological modernization, the effort to balance and manage competing economic and environmental interests and values. This course will examine a range of Asian cities, including, for example, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul, and a range of issues like resource management, urban sprawl and congestion, environmental protection, green space and urban design, biodiversity and environmental justice with a view to better understanding the evolving interdependence among political, economic, social and natural systems in urban Asia.
1330:TR   EASTC 300
POSC 290-07 European Security
Instructor: Robert Nation
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.
1500:TR   ALTHSE 110
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 Reagan-Gorbachev Reykjavik Summit. The class will also utilize role-playing simulations to highlight themes and test negotiating strategies.
1330:T   EASTC 406
POSC 390-02 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:W   DENNY 303
POSC 390-03 U.S. Grand Strategy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
This will be a seminar designed to test a newly created syllabus, part of the ongoing Mellon Foundation project. It will be paired with a Seminar at the U.S. Army War College.
1330:W   ALTHSE 206
POSC 500-01 The Tea Party
Instructor: Joseph Sestak
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-01 Inconvenient Truth About China-North Korea Relations
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-02 Senior Thesis: Capital Punishment
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-03 China and Global Governance
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description: