Fall 2021

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 212
POSC 120-02 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.
1030:MWF   DENNY 313
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Russell Bova
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.
0830:MWF   DENNY 104
POSC 170-02 International Relations
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
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:TR   ALTHSE 08
POSC 180-01 Political Philosophy
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
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 313
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 112
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 246-01 The Legislative Process
Instructor: David O'Connell
Course Description:
An analysis of the legislative branch of government, especially Congress. Emphasis is placed upon the legislature as a social system, the decision-making process, the interrelationships with the political parties and interest groups, the executive and the judiciary. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
0930:MWF   DENNY 304
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 203
POSC 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
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.
1330:MR   DENNY 311
POSC 251-01 Latin American Government and Politics
Instructor: POSC STAFF, Sarah Niebler
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.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
POSC 264-01 Politics, Society & Culture in Israel
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 264-01 and MEST 264-01. This course provides an overview of the major political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, modern Israel. It covers the origins of the Zionist movement, political leadership, foreign relations, parties, the electoral system and the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict more broadly. In society, it focuses on the major cleavages in Israeli society, civil society, consumerism, as well as the impact of the Holocaust and the role of the Israel Defense Forces. The cultural component centers largely on poetry, short stories and changes in popular music. The course is intended to add nuance and depth to the often one-dimensional portrayal of Israel in the media and provide students with the analytical tools to better understand events in the Middle East. This course is cross-listed as MEST 264 and JDST 264.
1500:MR   DENNY 211
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.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 207
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.
0900:TR   DENNY 103
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.
1500:MR   STERN 103
POSC 290-01 Civil Wars and Political Violence
Instructor: Rachel Jacobs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, there has been a shift toward civil wars and other forms of political violence. This course surveys theories about the causes of civil wars, violence by non-state actors, why people participate in violence, and the rebuilding of peace around the world. The class will focus on several central questions: What is political violence? What are the types of conflicts that take place within a state? Why do people participate in violence? How do internal conflicts end? And how can peace be restored after conflict? In answering each of these questions, the class will examine theoretical arguments for violence and non-violence in conflict, as well as critically engage with local and international responses. The course will discuss civil war, revolution, terrorism, and other strategies of political violence, as well as transitional justice and peacekeeping.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 109
POSC 290-02 Global Security
Instructor: Craig Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-03. The course offers an introduction to Security Studies as an academic field and a practical foundation for professional engagement with security affairs. The search for security is basic to all social and political interaction, but security itself is a contested concept that can be applied in different ways to individuals, states, and the global system. Traditionally, the formal study of International Security has focused on the nation-state, including territorial defense, the role of military assets in pursuit of national interests, and the struggle for power. These concerns remain vital, but in the 21st century the security challenge has broadened to include new kinds of issues and approaches. These include the alternative discourse of Human Security as well as transnational challenges such as criminal trafficking, terrorism, environmental disintegration, pandemic disease, etc. Our course will look closely at both traditional and new security challenges. We will confront the problem of global security conceptually, develop a comprehensive portrait of global security challenges, and explore ways and means available to address them.
1330:TF   STERN 103
POSC 290-03 Democracy and the Politics of Immigration
Instructor: POSC STAFF, Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
This class will be anchored by the American experience, but will ask broader questions empirical and normative about the impact of migration on the democratic order in Canada and Western Europe as well as the US.
1330:MR   DENNY 211
POSC 390-01 Leadership
Instructor: James Hoefler
Course Description:
Permission of instructor required.This political science senior seminar will explore the science and the art of leadership in the public realm. The course will cover executive-level and legislative leadership but will also include examination of leadership in the bureaucracies and in the military, as well as leadership of political and social movements.
1330:R   DENNY 212
POSC 390-02 Controversies in Chinese-American Relations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 306-01.Permission of Instructor Required. This seminar takes a close look at some of the most contentious political, legal, and ethical issues in Sino-American relations in the post-Mao period (1978-), ranging from Tibet, Taiwan, birth control, the South China Sea, crime, environmental protection, religious freedom, trade, and intellectual property rights. Drawing on translated primary and secondary sources, the course focuses on the historical, political, and cultural forces that have often driven a wedge between the United States and China, but which also provide opportunity for cooperation.
1330:T   DENNY 303