Fall 2022

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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MWF
DENNY 311
POSC 120-02 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.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 212
POSC 120-03 American Government
Instructor: Katie 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TR
STERN 103
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Andy Wolff
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. 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.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MWF
DENNY 304
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
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. 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
DENNY 104
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Kristine Mitchell
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. 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
DENNY 104
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: John Harles
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. 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MW
STUART 1104
POSC 220-01 Constitutional Law I
Instructor: Harry Pohlman
Course Description:
An analysis of constitutional adjudication in the areas of separation of powers, federalism, and economic rights. Special emphasis is placed upon the idea of a written constitution and the role that judges play in our constitutional system. Topics include Watergate, war powers, and legislative veto. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, T
DENNY 211
POSC 233-01 Gender, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.
Instructor: Katie Marchetti
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-01. Overview of gender and politics in the United States. Examines the roles women play in the U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. The course also discusses gender-based differences in political participation inside and outside of government.This course is cross-listed as WGSS 202. Prerequisite: 120 or AP credit equivalent. Overview of gender and politics in the United States. Examines the roles women play in the U.S. policy process, how public policies are "gendered", and how specific policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue areas. The course also discusses gender-based differences in political participation inside and outside of government.This course is cross-listed as WGSS 202. Prerequisite: 120 or AP credit equivalent.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
DENNY 311
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 121 is helpful. This class is especially recommended for prospective graduate students in the social sciences.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
DENNY 112
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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
DENNY 103
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LAWP 248-01.Permission of Instructor Required. 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. 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.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
DENNY 313
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: Santiago Anria
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, Latinx and Caribbean Studies. This course is cross-listed as LALC 251. 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, Latinx and Caribbean Studies. This course is cross-listed as LALC 251.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
DENNY 110
POSC 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 260-01 and FMST 220-08. 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. 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.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
DENNY 103
POSC 271-01 Ethics and International Security
Instructor: Russell Bova
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 271-01. A course in applied ethics that examines the role ethical considerations both do and should play in the pursuit of national and international security objectives. Among the specific topics to be examined are the decision to go to war, rules governing how wars are fought, the ethics of weapons of mass destruction, the ethics of terrorism, the torture debate, economic sanctions, and humanitarian intervention. Prerequisite: 170, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 271. A course in applied ethics that examines the role ethical considerations both do and should play in the pursuit of national and international security objectives. Among the specific topics to be examined are the decision to go to war, rules governing how wars are fought, the ethics of weapons of mass destruction, the ethics of terrorism, the torture debate, economic sanctions, and humanitarian intervention. Prerequisite: 170, or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as INST 271.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
DENNY 103
POSC 277-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Ed Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with MEST 266-01 and INST 277-01. 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. Prerequisite: one course in any of International Studies, Middle East Studies, or Political Science. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277. 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. Prerequisite: one course in any of International Studies, Middle East Studies, or Political Science. This course is cross-listed as MEST 266 and INST 277.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
DENNY 303
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
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. 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.
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
DENNY 203
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Andy Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 281-01. 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. 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.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
DENNY 110
POSC 290-01 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 organizations. 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.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, MR
STERN 103
POSC 290-02 The Politics of Environmental Protection in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-02. 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.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
STERN 103
POSC 290-03 Social Movements in Latin America
Instructor: Santiago Anria
Course Description:
Cross-listed with LALC 200-01.Social movements have long played an important role in Latin American politics. This course provides an overview of historical and contemporary social movements, exploring the conditions that facilitate (or inhibit) collective action, the construction of collective identities, the dynamics of social protest, and the political impact of social movements, including their connection with political parties. Readings will cover different theoretical perspectives, different historical periods, and a wide array of old and new social movements, including, among others, indigenous peoples movements, womens movements, and movements representing unemployed workers and the urban poor. Special attention will be given to the impact of democratization, market liberalization, and the regions Left turn on diverse types of social actors.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, TF
DENNY 203
POSC 290-04 Black Politics: A Century of Black Radicalism
Instructor: Nadia Alahmed
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-03.This course combines political theory and history to explore the evolution of Black political thought of the 20th and 21st century: from abolition movement to Black Lives Matter. It will discuss issues and problems faced by Black people with respect to global political systems, examine various avenues of political expression, and raise questions and new ideas pertaining to the exploration of Black politics. The course will begin with an introduction to various theoretical and philosophical foundations of race and move toward a survey of some of the major trends of global Black political thought. It will introduce a wide spectrum of political trends and movements, focusing on radical Black politics: Black nationalism, Black Marxism, Black Internationalism, Black Feminism and Queer Theory. The course will create a multidimensional and complex picture of the evolution of visions and meanings of Black liberation.
03:00 PM-04:15 PM, TF
ALTHSE 201
POSC 390-01 Campaigns and Elections
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required The purpose of this seminar is to examine and analyze the role of the political campaign in the American political system. We will look at key aspects of campaigns candidates; money; polling; advertising; and media as we read current research on the state of campaigning in the United States. Since this seminar occurs during an election season, students should expect to actively engage with current events, relating course topics to what they are observing in the day-to-day campaigns of candidates currently competing for office. Political pundits and commentators generate a tremendous amount of analysis, commentary, and predictions about American elections; however, in this class we will move beyond these types of comments and attempt to understand how voters decide and how campaigns persuade.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, T
DENNY 204
POSC 390-02 National Security Law
Instructor: Harry 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.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
DENNY 212
POSC 390-03 Comparative Political Corruption
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Around the world political corruption has been implicated as a cause of widespread anger at governments, dramatic increases in social inequality, riots, and revolution. After a general introduction focusing on issues of definition and measurement, we will examine the major explanations of political corruption in the social science literature (Is it embedded in culture, a product of distorted markets, underdevelopment, or certain regime types?). The heart of the course is a thorough examination of corruption cases in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the United States. Finally, we will turn to several countries in which governments have limited the extent of corruption as well as those where such efforts have largely failed. Students will write their seminar paper on a concrete case of corruption in a country of their choosing, with instructor approval.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
EASTC 108
POSC 500-01 State and Local Government
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description: