Spring 2017

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.
0930:MWF   DENNY 304
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 110
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 313
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.
1030:MWF   DENNY 304
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
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.
1330:MR   DENNY 203
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
POSC 180-02 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 180-02. 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:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 208-01 Justice in World Politics
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 285-01. An examination of how states ought to make ethical decisions about policies of global scope. Should asylum seekers and economic migrants be granted access to social services? How must states fight wars? How ought resources to be distributed between countries? We will explore the philosophical underpinnings of the arguments that have been developed in response to at least two of these questions. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 285. Prerequisite: 170, 180 or PHIL 180, or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   DENNY 211
POSC 221-01 Constitutional Law II
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
An exploration of American constitutional rights. Both historical developments and contemporary issues are addressed. Topics include racial and sexual equality, affirmative action, seditious speech, and school prayer. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 07
POSC 232-01 Religion in American Politics
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
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.
1230:MWF   DENNY 203
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 245-01 Political Parties and Interest Groups
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
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.
1330:W   DENNY 303
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01. A study of the structure, processes, and institutional role of the American judiciary. Topics may include: the adversarial system, criminal and civil procedure, implementation of court decisions, judicial decision-making, legal development, and legal reasoning. Special attention is given to the federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as LAWP 248.
1030:TR   DENNY 304
POSC 250-01 West European Government and Politics
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
Course Description:
This course provides a general overview to West European politics and the different political configurations that exist in the major West European countries. The course outlines some of the common features of the region's ongoing political development (e.g. democratization, institutionalization of the welfare state and political integration within the European Union) as well as the differences among today's national systems of political organizations.
1030:TR   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. This course examines the interaction between law, legal institutions and citizens in China, Japan, India and Thailand. Covering history and the contemporary scene, course focuses on how law works in practice and is understood and used by ordinary people in Asia. It covers areas such as marriage and divorce, the legal profession, lost property, civil rights, the environment, sexuality, mediation, land development and property, among others. Comparisons between the United States and Asia, as well as between Asian countries, will be emphasized. This course is cross-listed as EASN 259 and LAWP 259.
1330:TR   BOSLER 213
POSC 261-01 Authoritarianism & Change in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 261-01. This course will examine the most important features of the different varieties of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and seek to explain the different outcomes of popular uprisings against them and other pressures to reform. Participants will study the range of governing institutions and traditions among modern MENA regimes. Students will learn to analyze competing explanations for the persistence of authoritarianism in the regionfor example: explanations derived from culture; from abundant hydrocarbons resources; from colonialism; and from historical institutionsas well as the prospects for the spread of more democratic government in the region.This course is cross-listed as MEST 261.
1330:TF   DENNY 204
POSC 273-01 International Political Economy
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 273-01. This course examines the politics of global economic relations. Specific topics discussed include: trade and protectionism, international monetary relations, foreign direct investment, global institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and World Trade Organization (WTO), regional economic integration (e.g. the European Union [EU] and North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], economic development, and the economic emergence of China and India. The larger issue serving as the backdrop to all of this is economic globalization -- its significance, sources, and consequences. Prerequisite: 170, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 273.
0900:TR   DENNY 211
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and MEST 266-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277.
1500:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
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.
1330:MR   STERN 103
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Andrew Wolff
Course Description:
Analysis of formulation and implementation of American national security policy within the context of American society and the international system. National security will not be considered simply in a military/strategic sense but as connoting the preservation of the core values of a society. Prerequisite: POSC 170 or 120 or INST 170 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 281.
 
POSC 283-01 Intelligence and National Security
Instructor: Anthony Williams
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 283-01. This course provides a basic understanding of the history, organization, activities, limitations, and capabilities of the U.S. national intelligence community, and the role of intelligence in developing and executing U.S. national security policy. The course also examines the significance of intelligence for policymakers and planners, the legal issues surrounding intelligence practices; the relationship between Congress, the Judiciary, and the intelligence community; and the future of U.S. intelligence.Prerequisites: 120 & 170/INST 170. This course is cross-listed as INST 283.
1500:MR   DENNY 103
POSC 290-01 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.
1500:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 290-02 East European Politics
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. The course uses the term Eastern Europe to designate the entire Baltic to Black Sea corridor (the Baltic area, Central Europe, Eastern Europe including European Russia, and Southeastern Europe). This diverse region has traversed a complex and often troubled course in the post-communist era including major armed conflicts in former Yugoslavia and Ukraine. Our course will examine political and social developments in the area in comparative perspective with emphasis on the post-1989 period, including the roles of major international organizations including the European Union and NATO. Special emphasis will be placed upon questions of cultural identity, social and economic policy, and international orientation.
1500:MR   DENNY 104
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 Michael Jordan's lack of political activism.
0900:TR   DENNY 311
POSC 290-04 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 290-04, MEST 200-03 and RUSS 260-01. 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:TF   BOSLER 208
POSC 390-01 Global Thinking About Politics
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
This class introduces students to the political thought of the non-Western world by exploring some of the major themes in political philosophy from Africa, the Caribbean, south Asia, east Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. We will study the emerging academic discipline comparative political theory, which seeks to systematize this study and to correct for the distortions that have occurred within traditional political philosophy by studying only Western texts and treating it as only a Western tradition. We will also read fictional depictions of politics and accounts that blur the line between political thought and practice, such as the liberation struggles in India, Algeria, and South Africa engaged in by Gandhi, Fanon, and Mandela. We will think about the central concepts of political philosophy, such as justice, freedom, equality, power, democracy, rights, and citizenship, and seek to bring to the fore the contested concept of politics itself. The class will also focus on how the ideas continue to resonate in todays world. How, for example, do the arguments about resistance to colonialism affect how we should think about the struggle in the Middle East or in Ukraine? What are the benefits and drawbacks of non-violent and violent resistance? Not appropriate for first-year students.
1330:W   DENNY 103
POSC 390-02 National Security Law
Instructor: Harold Pohlman
Course Description:
This seminar will examine core issues of U.S. national security law, both from the perspective of domestic law (the U.S. Constitution and relevant statutes) and international law (relevant treaties and customary international law). A central theme of the course will be the degree to which policy-makers in the national security field should consider themselves bound by international law. The goal of the course is to expand student awareness of the difficult and complex legal issues that exist in this policy area. Topics that will be addressed include the right to wage war, targeted killing, covert action, interrogation, and military commissions. Not appropriate for first-year students.
1330:T   DENNY 303
POSC 500-01 Regulations on Gestational Surrogacy in Japan
Instructor: Neil Diamant
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POSC 500-02 Encryption: A Modern and Legal Controversy
Instructor: Anthony Williams
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POSC 500-03 Property Tax Reform in Pennsylvania
Instructor: James Hoefler
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POSC 500-04 Insecurity, Conflicts and Peace-building in Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
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POSC 550-01 Taking Consent Seriously: An Anarchist's Critique of Liberalism
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
 
POSC 550-02 China in Africa: Developing a 21st Century Superpower
Instructor: Edward Webb
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POSC 560-01 Civil-Military Relations: Theory and Practice
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
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