Spring 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
POSC 120-01 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.
1330:TF   DENNY 304
POSC 150-01 Comparative Politics
Instructor: Santiago Anria
Course Description:
An introduction to comparative political analysis with applications to political systems, processes, and issues in countries of the Third World and in advanced industrial states alike. The purpose of the course is to learn to observe systematically, to analyze political phenomena, and to distinguish and evaluate the assumptions underlying alternative approaches to the study of politics.
1330:TF   DENNY 110
POSC 170-01 International Relations
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
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.
1230:MWF   DENNY 311
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.
1330:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 170-03 International Relations
Instructor: Edward Webb
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.
1500:TF   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.
0930:MWF   DENNY 110
POSC 202-01 Recent Political Thought
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 280-01. This class aims to show the breadth and vitality of the field of political theory today. It does this by deepening and broadening the account of the discipline offered in POSC 180, discussing the most important recent accounts of justice, freedom, and equality, and adding consideration of democracy, rights, power, culture, community, and cosmopolitanism. We will also explore issues of exploitation and exclusion relating to gender, class, race, and human interaction with the natural environment, and consider how recent theorists have tried to challenge these practices. The class also explores the contours of political theory as an academic field of study, considering the disciplinary contributions of fields such as philosophy, political science, international relations, legal studies, and history, and major ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, and feminism. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 280. Prerequisite: 180 or PHIL 180, or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   DENNY 103
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.
0900:TR   DENNY 212
POSC 235-01 Race, Ethnicity and U.S. Politics
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
With a focus on the experiences and activities of African-Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Indigenous peoples in U.S. politics, this course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity in America as a force in public opinion, political representation and political behavior. The course also focuses on a range of political science methods used to study the politics of race/ethnicity in the U.S. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 303
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 103
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 212
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, Latino and Caribbean Studies. This course is cross-listed as LALC 251.
1330:MR   DENNY 110
POSC 258-01 Human Rights
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies a global consensus on the fundamental importance of human rights as a political value. But the idea and its practical applications have provoked intense controversy around the world on issues such as freedom of expression, capital punishment and torture, gender and sexuality, religious freedom, social and economic justice, and cultural and minority rights. Prerequisite: one social science course or permission of the instructor.
1030:MWF   STERN 103
POSC 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-01 and MEST 260-01. 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.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 104
POSC 280-01 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Douglas Stuart
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.
0900:TR   ALTHSE 207
POSC 280-02 American Foreign Policy
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 280-02. 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:TF   DENNY 203
POSC 281-01 American National Security Policy
Instructor: Marybeth Ulrich
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 104
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 European Political Parties
Instructor: Nina Barzachka
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. The course examines the role that political parties play in modern European democracies. The course is organized around several general themes. Theoretical arguments about parties, party systems and representation will be applied to cases from various European countries. The first part of the course focuses on established Western European democracies. In the second part of the course, we will study political parties in the relatively new Eastern European democracies. POSC 150 recommended, but not required.
1500:MR   DENNY 311
POSC 290-02 Global Security
Instructor: Robert Nation
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-02. 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:MR   DENNY 104
POSC 290-03 Polarization in American Politics
Instructor: Sarah Niebler
Course Description:
American politics is contentious. Many people believe this country is more political, socially, and culturally divided than it has been at any time since the Civil War. But, is this true? Are there two Americas a red American and a blue America? In this course, we will examine the nature of political divisions in American society and their partisan roots. We will ask questions about the definition of political polarization and how to measure it. We will also examine the causes and consequences of political polarization. In doing so, we will spend time thinking about racial, economic, and other schisms in American society. Additionally, we will read classic and contemporary work considering the role of institutions in creating, perpetuating, or alleviating political polarization, including political parties, campaign finance rules, and innate human characteristics. Prereq POSC 120 or permission of instructor.
1330:MR   DENNY 204
POSC 290-04 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.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
POSC 290-05 Asian Urban Ecology
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01. 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, Jakarta, Manila, Kolkata, Mumbai 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.
0900:TR   STERN 103
POSC 390-01 American Political Representation
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.This seminar will acquaint you with the significant concepts and research questions addressed in recent and classic studies of political representation. We will consider the different dimensions of representation (e.g., descriptive, substantive), biases and inequality in representation and how normative considerations shape expectations about representation in practice. Representation is a very broad topic of study and the course readings will cover several subfields in American politics. For example, we will examine research about the behavior of political actors, the operation of government at the state and national levels, the roles of political parties and organized interests in representation, and how individuals form ideas about and respond to government activity and policies.
1330:W   DENNY 204
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 204
POSC 390-03 Identity Ethics and Multiculturalism
Instructor: Jason Reiner
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 391-02. Questions of social identity dominate contemporary politics, from the American Presidential election of 2016 through the Brexit vote and debates about migration to issues of gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. But why does identity matter politically and ethically? This class surveys the main recent responses to these questions, including the role of group membership in the construction of individual identity, the meaning and possibility of equality in culturally diverse societies, intersectionality and the tensions between different aspects of identity and the problem of internal minorities (minorities within minorities, such as women and children in cultural minorities), the notions of internalized oppression and double consciousness, and the limits of toleration.
1330:R   DENNY 317
POSC 550-01 Human Rights and Child Prostitution in Asia
Instructor: David Strand
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POSC 550-02 Deliberative Democracy and Contemporary Politics
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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POSC 550-03 Justice After Humanitarian Intervention
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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POSC 550-04 The Politics of Wine in France and China
Instructor: David Strand
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POSC 550-05 Women's Representation in Latin America
Instructor: Santiago Anria
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POSC 550-06 Panethnicity and Community Mobilization Among Asian American Organizations: A Comparative Case Study
Instructor: Kathleen Marchetti
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POSC 550-07 National Identity Formation in Catalonia
Instructor: Russell Bova
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POSC 550-08 Independent Research
Instructor: David Strand
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POSC 550-09 Feminism and the Question of Internalized Oppression in Ultra Orthodox Jewish Women
Instructor: Jason Reiner
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