Courses

Fall 2015 Course Descriptions

(M) = Methodologically focused course
(*) = Advanced seminar


PS 004: First Year Tutorial in Political Theory
Professor: Ioannis Evrigenis
Time: Tu/Th 4:30-5:45pm
Introduction to political theory and to different modes of interpretation through close study of seminal texts in the history of political philosophy. Examination of fundamental political concepts, such as justice, liberty, and equality, with an emphasis on basic research methods and writing.

PS 011: Introduction to American Politics
Professor: Natalie Masuoka
Time: J+ Tu/Th 3:00-4:15pm
A study of governmental politics, functions, and programs. Emphasis given to political behavior, both at the mass level and in institutions. Survey of public opinion and political culture, parties, and elections. Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the federal courts, and interest groups.

PS 013: Sophomore Seminar: Race and Class in American Politics
Professor: James Glaser
Time: Mo 1:30-4:00pm
Race and class cleavages in the U.S. and their effect on our politics. Emphasis on how race has impeded a class-based politics in this country. Origins and decay of the Jim Crow South, American political attitudes toward race and class issues, and urban and social welfare policy. Sophomore Seminar. Please see departmental website for specific details.

PS 015: Sophomore Seminar: Politics in the City (M)
Professor: Jeffrey Berry
Time: M 9:00-11:00am
Three major problems in urban politics: the political economy of cities, especially issues involving community economic development; race and the city, emphasizing the problems facing the poorest residents of the inner city; and political empowerment, including analysis of neighborhood government.

PS 039: Sophomore Seminar: Comparative Politics: Mitigating Electoral Violence
Professor: Pearl Robinson
Time: Th 1:20-4:20pm
This course examines theories of political violence, theories of democratization, and practical efforts at pre- and post-electoral conflict resolution in a range of African countries. Hands-on case studies enable students to follow efforts at advancing democracy and ending deadly violence in diverse settings. Using social media, the class will shadow the 2014 election campaigns South Africa at the grassroots level.

PS 041: Western Political Thought I
Professor: Ioannis Evrigenis
Time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am
[Cross-listed as PHIL 41 & CLS 45]
Central concepts of ancient, medieval, and early modern political thought. Ideas of Thucydides, Aristophanes, Plato, and Aristotle during the rise and fall of Athens. Subsequent transformations of political philosophy related to the decline of the Roman empire and the origins and development of Christian political doctrine, and the new political outlook of those who challenged the hegemony of Christianity. Analysis of how premodern political thought helped structure future political debate.

PS 043: Justice, Equality, and Liberty
Professor: David Denby
Time: M/W 3:00-4:15pm
[Cross-listed as PHIL 43]
An introduction to the central concepts and problems in the foundations of political order, including the nature of the state, rights, justice, equality, representation, property, law, and coercion. Readings from classic and contemporary thinkers.

PS 061: Introduction to International Relations
Professor: Malik Mufti
Time: M/W 1:30-2:45pm
Examination of several conceptual designs intended to make order out of the essential anarchy in international relations, from a theoretical assessment of the nation-state and the nature of national power to an exploration of behavior among nation-states, including the ultimate problem of war and peace and an appraisal of the factors that give an age its particular characteristics.

PS 099: Fieldwork in Politics: Fieldwork in Local Government
Professor: Shin Fujihira
Time: Arranged
Internship placements with such employers as legislators, campaigns, news media, lobbies, law firms, and administrative agencies. Twelve to fifteen hours of work per week. Written assignments, with supporting readings, on organizational structure, goals and strategies, and occupational socialization.

PS 101: President and the Executive Branch
Professor: Jeffrey Berry
Time: M/W 1:30-2:45pm
Study of the constitutional development of the presidential office, its power, prestige, and functions, as well as the influences of the person occupying that office. Major emphasis is on the process of policy formulation in the executive branch. Analysis of the president's relations with his staff, the bureaucracy, the Congress, the press, and the public. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 103: Political Science Research Methods (M)
Professor: Deborah Schildkraut
Time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am
The study of quantitative methods for investigating political issues and policy controversies. Focuses on collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Emphasizes hands-on training that provides useful skills for academic and professional settings. Topics covered include: measurement, hypothesis development, survey design, experiments, content analysis, significance tests, correlation, and regression. No prior statistics background necessary. Recommendations: PS 11, 21, 41, 42, or 61.

PS 105: Constitutional Law
Professor: Teresa Walsh
Time: Tu/Th 4:30-5:45pm
In this survey course we study constitutionally based arguments and court decisions resolving cases about the powers and limits of government in the United States. We pay particular attention to the U.S. Supreme Court, constitutional structure, the development of national power, the executive, the right to privacy, civil liberties and civil rights.

PS 106: Race and Politics
Professor: Natalie Masuoka
Time: Tu/Th 12-1:15pm
Political interests, identifies and behavior of blacks, Asian Americans and Latinos. Emphasis on political representation, voter mobilization and public opinion of these groups. Coverage of relevant public policies and their legal challenges such as Voting Rights Act. Consequences of new political developments such as mixed race identification and immigration.

PS 118: Environmental Policy
Instructor: Ninian Stein
Time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am
This course provides an overview of environmental policy and communication focusing initially on the United States experience then moving on to discuss global environmental policy frameworks. Students in this class will be introduced to the ways in which environmental policies are made in the United States and internationally, including major actors, key decisions and future challenges. The class will use written assignments, case studies and role-playing exercises to help students develop critical reading, thinking, writing and communication skills.

PS 118-10: Judicial Politics
Instructor: Sara Chatfield
Time: M/W 3:00-4:15pm
This course will consider the role of courts, especially the Supreme Court, in the U.S. political system. We will discuss the potential dangers of allocating significant power to unelected justices, as well as the ways in which elected officials respond to and coordinate with the court system. We then turn to the importance of statutory interpretation and the dynamics of Court-Congress interaction in developing public policies. We will consider the importance of public opinion in two ways – both as a possible constraint on judicial decision-making and as a variable that may be changed by court rulings. We then broaden the scope of judicial impact to examine the social and political effects of court rulings. Finally, we will discuss the role of legal interest groups in shaping the Court's agenda and reasoning.

PS 119-01: Seminar: Culture and Identity in American Political Development (*)
Instructor: Sara Chatfield
Time: Mo 6:30-9:00pm
This course considers the development of American politics over time, through the lens of struggles over culture and identity. We will discuss how political and institutional change around these topics happens in the American political system. The first section of the course reviews broad theories in the field of American Political Development, addressing the role of culture, institutions, and policy. We then turn to closer consideration of the ways in which scholars have applied these theories to specific areas of American politics: the right to vote for African Americans, the politics of sin and morality, changing understandings of what it means to be a citizen, the development of policies relating to sexual orientation, and marriage as a political institution.

PS 121: Seminar: Political Culture in Comparative Perspective (*)
Professor: Consuelo Cruz
Time: Tu 6:30-9:00pm
How cultural meanings and practices shape political struggles and institutions. Survey of culturalist theories of political dynamics and structures, and assessment of theories against a range of empirical case studies from Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Please see departmental website for specific details. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 122: Soviet Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Professor: Oxana Shevel
Time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am
Analysis of domestic political, economic, and social development of the Soviet Union and its successor states. Approximately one third of the course is devoted to an overview of political, economic, and social structures that defined Soviet Communism. The remaining two-thirds of the course considers the divergent paths taken by the fifteen successor states of the Soviet Union after 1991. The course applies social scientific theories while examining developments such as state collapse and state formation, political and institutional changes, the politics of economic reform, the challenges of nationalism within the multinational state, electoral revolutions, and other topics. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 126: Chinese Politics
Professor: Elizabeth Remick
Time: Tu/Th 1:30-2:45pm
Survey of the domestic politics of the People's Republic of China. The development of Communist Party power through the political campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. The political, cultural, economic, and social challenges faced by post-Mao reformers. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 127: Latin American Politics
Professor: Consuelo Cruz
Time: M/W 4:30-5:45pm
Introduces established and changing patterns in Latin American politics. Offers a brief historical background before concentrating on twentieth-century populist politics, corporatist modes of interest representation, authoritarian rule, civil-military relations, democratization, and social movements. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

PS 138-06: Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe
Professor: David Art
Time: M/W 8:05-9:20am
Examination of the origins and development of democracy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism in Europe. Course uses European political development as prism for examining major theoretical issues in comparative politics, such as state formation, the connections between economic development and political liberalization, the rise of fascism and communism, and the construction of the modern welfare state.

PS 138-10: Topics in Comparative Politics: Politics of Oil and Energy
Professor: Nimah Mazaheri
Time: Tu/Th 3:00-4:15pm
This course examines how oil, energy, and other natural resources have shaped economic and political outcomes in countries around the world. It begins by exploring research on how oil and natural resources affect political regimes and the risk of civil war and international conflict. The economic effects of oil and natural resources are then considered through an analysis of the "resource curse" hypothesis. We will evaluate this hypothesis by investigating the experiences of countries in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and North America. The final part of the class takes a public policy focus by looking at how governments design and implement policy related to oil and energy, how oil and energy industries respond to this policy, and how this affects consumers and the public as a whole. We examine topics such as the role of OPEC, regulation, and energy policy in the United States.

PS 138-11: Topics in Comparative Politics: Political Economy of India (M)
Professor: Nimah Mazaheri
Time: Tu/Th 6:00-7:15pm
This course provides an introduction to the political economy of India. It examines the interplay of politics and economics in this large sub-continental country from the village level to the international level. It begins by discussing India's economy during the colonial period, looks at the challenges it has faced since independence, and then focuses on the transformations that have occurred since liberalization in the 1990s. Some of the key themes to be explored are globalization, economic reform, poverty, redistribution, federalism, political protest, public goods delivery, gender, and ethnic politics. Although this class focuses specifically on India, a number of the themes discussed in this course are central to an analysis of developing countries in general.

PS 139: Seminar in Comparative Politics: States, Nations, and the Politics of Citizenship (*)
Professor: Oxana Shevel
Time: Tues 1:30-4:00pm
How do states decide who has the right to citizenship? For modern nation-states, defining the boundaries of the nation in whose name the state is constituted has always been a critically important task. For today's states hosting large numbers of immigrants and minorities, this question remains highly salient, and often politically contested. In this course we will examine the politics of citizenship policymaking in modern states, paying particular attention to alternative theoretical explanation. Are citizenship rules determined primarily by material considerations, such as economic, demographic, and security concerns? Or perhaps by ideational considerations, such as prevailing images of the nation and normative ideals? Do international norms and standards constrain and inform citizenship policymakers today? Is citizenship politics and policies fundamentally different in democratic and authoritarian states? In this course we will focus on such questions and analyze contemporary and historical citizenship policies in various countries in the world, paying particular attention to Western and Eastern Europe as well as North America

PS 147: Political Philosophy of Nietzsche (*)
Professor: Robert Devigne
Time: Th 6:30-9:00pm
Nietzsche's views of philosophy, nature, morality, religion, art, science, and politics. Analysis of view that "God is dead" and that we are no longer capable of distinguishing whether one value is better than another. Assessment of the qualities that must exist--in both the individual and society--for human creativity to regenerate. Exploration of whether Nietzsche successfully broke from Western political philosophy. Please see departmental website for specific details. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor and completion of PS 41 or 42.

PS 154: Romanticism and Revolution: Political Philosophy of Rousseau
Professor: Robert Devigne
Time: Tu/Th 3:00-4:15pm
The course examines Rousseau's charge that the modern idea of liberty as uninhibited activity fails to cultivate genuine individuality, erodes communities, debases culture, and promotes a self-interested politics that is incapable of establishing legitimate norms of justice. We explore Rousseau's vision of politics, art, and the family that aim to establish a genuinely autonomous and moral existence at either the level of the individual or society. We analyze why Rousseau cultivated romanticism and bohemianism among artists and revolutionary practice among political intellectuals. Along the way, we analyze Rousseau's innovative views of nature, reason, religion, the will, language, music, theater, monarchy, sovereignty, revolution, republicanism, education, gender, the family, and the best life, and discuss how many of his views have become important features of modern culture.

PS 158-15: Introduction to Leadership Studies
Professor: Mark Somos
Time: Tu/Th 4:30-5:45pm
This course serves as the introduction to the Leadership Studies Minor. The lectures are designed to equip students with multidisciplinary tools for their future studies. The course accordingly combines theoretical, historical, and applied perspectives on leadership, and covers canonical texts, case studies, and critical discussions about why and how leaders fail or succeed. After taking this course, students will have the foundations to pursue the Leadership Studies Minor with specialized courses in Political Science, Political Theory, History, Literature, Organizational Psychology, and Behavioral Economics.

PS 165: US Foreign Policy
Professor: Kelly Greenhill
Time: M/W 10:30-11:45am
This course surveys the diplomacy and national security policy of the United States. We will examine various theoretical approaches and relevant case studies to understand the sources, goals, and tools of U.S. foreign policy. Topics include the U.S.'s rise to great power status; World War I and II; the origins, conduct, and end of the Cold War; and U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy in the post-9/11 world. Prerequisite: PS 61.

PS 166:00-01 Seminar: Causes of Modern War (M) (*)
Professor: Kelly Greenhill
Time: Wed. 6:30-9:00pm
This methodologically-focused seminar explores the causes of interstate war, with a particular focus on preventable causes. Topics examined include the security dilemma, diversionary war, deterrence, power transition theory, misperceptions, domestic politics, the role of alliances, and economic causes of war. These theories will be examined through the lens of some of the most significant wars and crises of the modern era. The conflicts examined will be used to test the logic of the various theories that purport to explain their causes and consequences. Prerequisites: PS61; junior or senior standing.

PS 180: Regionalism in Africa
Professor: Pearl Robinson
Time: M/W 3:00-4:15pm
The intersection of domestic politics and international relations in Africa: examination of regional economic communities, regionally based solutions to problem-solving and new regionalism in the post-Cold War era. Particular attention given to state-building and national sovereignty as they impinge on regional projects. Theories of the state, regional integration theory, international regime theory, and constructivist international relations theory frame five themes: the construction of regional norms, transnational civil society, peace and security, trade and economic development, and the African human rights system. Recommendations: Sophomore standing or consent.

PS 187: Intelligence and National Security
Professor: Jeffrey Taliaferro
Time: T/Th 3:00-4:15pm
This course examines the role of intelligence in United States national security. It provides an overview of conceptual foundations of intelligence studies and traditional dimensions of intelligence activity (clandestine collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action); debates about role of secrecy and intelligence agencies in a liberal democracy; and a discussion of intelligence in counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) nonproliferation, and cyber-warfare. Prerequisite: PS 61: Introduction to International Relations

PS 188: Environmental Negotiation
Professor: Ninian Stein
Time: Tu 1:30-4:00pm
This course will look at environmental negotiations and communication at local, regional, national and international levels. Theory from political science will provide a firm grounding in environmental policy frameworks and negotiation. Discourse theory will also be an important theme in this course. Class meetings will include stakeholder exercises, negotiation simulations, and traditional seminar discussions and activities.

PS 188-03: Topics in International Relations: Gender Issues in World Politics
Professor: Richard Eichenberg
Time: M/W 3:00-4:15pm
This course is a survey of many issues relating to gender in world politics, with a particular emphasis on: gender differences in political attitudes and behavior generally; gender differences in attitudes toward war and national security in particular; the cross-cultural uniformity (or lack thereof) in gender differences in attitudes and political behavior, particularly in relation to national security and war; the role of gender differences in war, in particular how gender war roles are created and the effect of war on men and women; violence against women; and the role of gender in world affairs more generally (and specifically the role of gender in economic development, environmental sustainability, gender mainstreaming within international institutions, and other topics selected each year).
Prerequisite(s): PS 61 recommended

PS 188-19: Topics in International Relations: Human Rights and American Foreign Policy
Professor: Katrina Swett
Time: Th 1:20-4:20pm
Fundamental notions of universal human rights are deeply embedded in American history and its sense of national identity. Much of the early writing and debate about the moral foundations of the nation suggest that Americans viewed themselves as a righteous template after which the rest of the world should pattern itself. However America's self-image and and its implications for US foreign policy became more relevant in the 20th century when America emerged as a major player on the world stage. Particularly in the post World War II period, the US played a pivotal role in establishing universal human rights as a key organizing principle for the new world order. This course will examine the role that human rights have played in American foreign policy and the cross currents, contradictions and inconsistencies that have emerged. We will look at these issues both historically and in the current context , examining topics ranging from enhanced interrogation techniques (torture) employed by the Bush administration to the challenges posed by violent extremist groups such as ISIS to the international architecture of human rights.

PS 188-25: Human Rights and Democracy Promotion from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama, 1913:00-2015
Professor: Tony Smith
Time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:45am
From the presidency of Woodrow Wilson (1913:00-1921) to that of Barack Obama, liberal internationalism has often been the framework adopted for the conduct of American foreign policy. Liberal internationalism stresses democracy promotion, the creation of an open and integrated world economy, and multilateralism to settle conflicts as the way best to provide for American national security. The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was in good measure justified in terms of bringing the Middle East into such a system. Where did this thinking come from, how has it evolved over time, and what is its future likely to be in the hands of the new administration in Washington?

PS 188-26: Topics in International Relations Criminal Groups- International Security Threats in a Global Environment
Professor: Irina Chindea
Time: M/W 4:30-5:45pm
In today's globalized environment, criminal groups undermine the ability of several state institutions to govern in countries all over the world, irrespective of the political regime in place. The threats they pose today go beyond simple local law-and-order concerns. In this context, this course surveys the ways in which criminal organizations have an impact on domestic, regional and international security. Moreover, the course discusses the connections between the evolution over time in the structure of criminal organizations (e.g., hierarchies vs networks), the scope of their illicit activities as well as their ties with the state and other violent non-state actors. The course also aims to further the debate on the place of violent non-state actors in the international system and the ways in which the field of international relations theory can be adapted in response to this real-world challenge.

PS 189-03 Seminar: International Relations of East Asia (*)
Professor: Aki Nakai
Time: Mon: 6:30-9:00pm
This seminar examines the contemporary controversies in the field of international relations, in light of the empirical evidence drawn from the Asia-Pacific region. Topics include power and deterrence, alliance politics, economic regionalism and rivalry, domestic politics and nationalism, multilateral institutions, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and Islamist militancy, territorial and maritime disputes, and energy and environment.

PS 189-05: Seminar in International Relations: Turkish Foreign Policy (*)
Professor: Malik Mufti
Time: Wed. 9:00-11:30am
This seminar studies the determinants, mechanisms, and main elements of Turkish foreign policy. It combines three main elements: an investigation of the relationship between domestic political dynamics - particularly competing conceptions of Turkish identity - and foreign policy; a chronological survey of Turkish diplomatic history; and in-depth analyses of Turkey's relations with its primary interlocutors on the regional and global levels.

PS 189-06: Seminar in International Relations: Origin of Human Rights and Democratic Promotion of US FP (*)
Professor: Tony Smith
Time: Mon. 1:30-4:00pm
On the eve of America entering World War I, President Woodrow Wilson famously asserted that "the world must be made safe for democracy." Wilson's central meaning was that the leading countries of the world needed to be democracies; only then could world peace be achieved and American national security be guaranteed. Brief reference will be made to the evolution of "Wilsonianism" and "liberal internationalism" since Wilson's time (including the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the reaction in the U.S. to the "Arab Awakening" of 2011), but the focus of the course is on the origins of American democracy promotion in concepts formulated by Wilson between 1885 and 1923.

PS 189-45: Seminar in International Relations: World Wars and Nation States (*)
Professor: Jeffrey Taliaferro
Time: Tues. 9:00-11:30am
This research seminar examines the grand strategies of the five great powers the United States, Britain, France, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan during the World War I, the Twenty Years' Crisis (1919-39), and World War II. We will explore the causes of the world wars and the determinants of wartime and peacetime strategies from variety of historical interpretations and international relations theories, such as neoclassical realism, structural realism, strategic culture/constructivism, and dynamic differentials theory. Topics discussed include: debates on the origins and responsibility for World War I; the 1919 peace settlement and the League of Nations; the cause and character of German and Japanese expansion in the 1930s; role of ideology, nationalism, and domestic mobilization for warfare in liberal democracies versus totalitarian or authoritarian regimes; Anglo-French debates over preventive war and appeasement of Germany in 1930s; the crisis between the United States and Japan in 1940-41 and the U.S. entry into the war; the origins of strategies of civilian victimization and genocide; and debates over war aims and war termination. Prerequisite: PS 61: Introduction to International Relations

PS 198: Seniors Honors Thesis
Professor: Richard Eichenberg
Time: 1:30-4:00pm
This course explores the theoretical, empirical, normative, and methodological problems involved in conducting political science research. It will also provide a forum for discussing students' draft thesis chapters.

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