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Semester:

Fall 2014

POLS-G 599:THESIS RESEARCH (11359)

Credit Hours: 0.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-G 901:ADVANCED RESEARCH (10608)

Credit Hours: 6.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Campbell,Amanda Claire

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POLS-Y 550:POLS & PROFESSIONAL DEV (16340)

Credit Hours: 1.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hershey,Marjorie R.

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POLS-Y 565:PUB ADM, LAW & POL: APP & ISS (17763)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: McGinnis,Michael Dean
Day & Time: R 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Political Theory 102

Course Description:
In this seminar about a dozen faculty members from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and from the Department of Political Science will lead discussions on a wide range of research topics related to the study of public policy, public administration, and/or political science. Their common goal is to select readings that help students understand what counts as a good research question in the many different subareas of the policy field, and to show by illustration what types of research methodologies can be used to answer these questions. Our primary concern will be on understanding the policy process in the United States, especially the goals and capabilities of major policy actors and the contexts which shape their patterns of interaction. The selection of topics was guided by the organization of the most recent version of this course taught by Professor Evan Ringquist, who passed away earlier this year. Prof. Ringquist was widely versed in the study of environmental policy, policy analysis, and the design of policy instruments, and his loss has been deeply felt by all of this colleagues. Prof. McGinnis, who teaches a different version of this core seminar every other fall semester, is coordinating this new version, and will be responsible for assigning grades to students. Students will be asked to read widely on a range of topics, and their mastery of this subject will be evaluated through two take-home exams, a presentation on a specific assigned reading during one class session, and the quality of their participation in class discussion throughout the semester. There are no formal requisites, but students who have not taken previous coursework in public policy are encouraged to read an undergraduate textbook for background. Please contact the instructor if need any more information. This cross-listed seminar is the required core seminar for students enrolled in the Joint (POLS-SPEA) Ph.D. program in Public Policy, but each session has also included several students from other schools and departments. We encourage as wide a range of student participation as possible. After all, critical issues of policy design and implementation abound in all areas of academic study and practice.

POLS-Y 570:INTRO TO STUDY OF POLITICS (15129)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William
Day & Time: T 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 204

Course Description:
This course is the core seminar in the graduate program in political science. Its main purpose is to provide Ph.D. students with an introduction to four seemingly straightforward but foundational questions for all political scientists: What is power, and how best can we study it? What is the modern state, and how central is it to the study of politics? What is political science, and how best can we pursue it? How do political scientists go about engaging in research? To be sure, political scientists and their allies have tackled many other important issues. Nonetheless, these four have remained central to the discipline since its inception over a century ago. Presumably, they will remain so in the future as well. Students can expect to leave the course with an overview of some of the most fruitful attempts to answer them, along with basic knowledge of competing analytic and methodological approaches scholars have employed in trying to do so. They should also expect to have gained solid foundational knowledge of the discipline and its history. Hopefully, the materials discussed in the seminar will prove useful as you pursue your graduate course work and then write a dissertation. An implicit assumption underlying the organization of the seminar is that the best way to garner a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of competing approaches to political inquiry is by engaging those key questions most political scientists tackle either directly or indirectly.

POLS-Y 575:POLITICAL DATA ANALYSIS I (30914)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: DeSante,Christopher David
Day & Time: R 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

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POLS-Y 579:QUAL METHDS IN POLITICAL RSRCH (19350)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Kasza,Gregory J.
Day & Time: T 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Geological Sciences 407

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POLS-Y 657:COMPARATIVE POLITICS (17667)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: MacLean,Lauren Mathews Morris
Day & Time: W 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 204
Topic Title: INDIGENOUS POL: DEM & DEV

Course Description:
Ethnic and Indigenous Politics: Challenges of Democracy and Development The objective of the course is to explore theories of citizenship and representation and examine how these theories help us understand ethnic and indigenous politics around the world. The course is designed to be explicitly comparative both theoretically and empirically. We will be pairing scholarship in political theory with empirical applications from a wide range of areas in the world including possibly Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Cameroun, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, and India. Thus, we will read Kymlicka and Iris Marion Young the same week that we read a book on indigenous movements in Bolivia that engages with multicultural theory. Some of the themes covered in the course will include but are not limited to: colonialism and concepts of indigeneity; concepts of ethnicity and distinctions with indigeneity; ethnicity and democracy and indigenous concepts of democracy; theories of sovereignty; liberal, Marxist, multicultural and constructivist theories of citizenship; theories of representation, including bureaucratic representation; ethnicity and state capacity; the historical role of state-building on indigenous movements; ethnicity/indigeneity and the distributional politics of public service provision; federalism and ethnic/indigenous politics; transnational networks, ethnic/indigenous politics and citizenship; and globalization and ethnic/indigenous politics. This course will be valuable for political science students studying comparative politics, political philosophy, and/or public policy. The course readings will be primarily political science but may also include works in history, anthropology, sociology, and geography. The course will be jointly listed with the African Studies Program, the Center on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and American Studies (and counts towards the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) minor). Course Requirements: The course is primarily a reading seminar. We will be talking about how to read critically and use the literature, not just review it passively or destroy it aggressively. We will be thinking constructively about how to build! The most critical requirement will be coming to class prepared to participate in engaging discussions of the literature. Students will also be required to complete three short (approximately 3-5 pages) written assignments. The first will concentrate on how to locate arguments and explanations in the theoretical literature. The second will focus on using the literature to define and measure concepts. And the final will address how we use the literature to select cases and construct a solid research design. The written assignments will be useful to students at a variety of stages of their careers. The skills that we will be practicing are the foundation of any good research project. NB: This course is only offered every three years.

POLS-Y 657:COMPARATIVE POLITICS (31347)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hellwig,Timothy
Day & Time: R 10:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 204

Course Description:
European Politics: East, West, North, South This is a graduate seminar in contemporary European politics. The course will examine current issues with respect to the scholarship in five broad areas: political culture, the design of European political institutions, parties and elections, political economy and the welfare state, and public opinion and mass political behavior. The presence or absence of intra-European differences on these points will be discussed. While we traditionally have thought in terms of how politics works in the established democratic "West" compared to the emerging democracies of the post-communist "East," recent trends---including economic turmoil, Europeanization and the EU, immigration, and party system volatility---have called into question the continued relevance of East-West distinctions. Indeed, a North/South divide---one which harkens for many to the early decades of the 20th century, may be supplanting Cold War era classification devices. Class requirements include doing all the reading, contributing to class discussion, a set of short reaction pieces, and a research paper.

POLS-Y 657:COMPARATIVE POLITICS (33898)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Ganguly,Sumit
Day & Time: R 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Building & Room Number: SPEA 275

Course Description:
This seminar is designed to introduce students to a large body of literature that describes and examines insurgencies and state responses to insurgent violence. Recent U.S. experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan have significantly heightened political interest in the nature of insurgencies and the challenges counterinsurgency presents. However, much of the recent avalanche of literature on counterinsurgency has focused on policy and operational issues¿the ¿lessons learned¿ phenomenon¿and less on theoretical and analytical frameworks that seek to explain the insurgency/counterinsurgency dynamic. Through the requirement of a term paper, the seminar seeks to have students formulate theoretical and analytical approaches to this topic that are less dependent on the exigencies of on-going policy crises involving the U.S. government and military.

POLS-Y 657:COMPARATIVE POLITICS (34471)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: O'Brien,Diana
Day & Time: M 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
This course surveys central topics in the study of women and comparative politics, covering such issues as comparative methods, political parties, elections, political representation, states and public policy, and institutions. It seeks to map the trajectory of feminist work in various areas of comparative research, drawing on examples from various world regions and time periods to analyze similarities and differences across cases around the globe.

POLS-Y 661:AMERICAN POLITICS (19436)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hayes,Matthew
Day & Time: R 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 203
Topic Title: POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course Description:
This seminar is designed to provide students a broad overview of political psychology. In many ways, political psychology is not its own substantive area of research, but is instead an approach to understanding phenomena of both political and psychological interest. In this course, we will survey the theoretical and methodological approaches scholars have used to understand political attitudes, decisions, and behavior of citizens (and, to a lesser extent, elites). Readings for this course will rely on "classics" in the discipline, but will focus primarily on recent and emerging research trends in political psychology. Topics will include framing, priming, and media effects; political cognition and information processing; knowledge and sophistication; attitudes and belief systems; values and political tolerance; political trust; emotions; personality; and biological approaches to studying politics.

POLS-Y 661:AMERICAN POLITICS (10628)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Fraga,Bernard L.
Day & Time: W 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 208
Topic Title: POL OF RACE ETHNICITY & GENDER

Course Description:
The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity. At its most basic, this seminar examines the role(s) of race, ethnicity, and gender in American politics. So why is "identity" in the description? Historically, the political impact of social identities has been studied through the lens of different groups in isolation (such as African-Americans or Women), or groups who share a politically formative experience (such as Immigrants). Yet each of these groups, and many more, co-exist in the political arena. A central part of this course will be to bring these literatures together and see if we can find a coherent set of themes, comparable evidence, and perhaps, shared complexity that allows us to better understand what role these identities will play in the future. In so doing, we will respect the distinctive features of the various research traditions and substantive foci that make up the body of work found in the syllabus. We will begin by distinguishing between the ways that race, ethnicity, and gender are conceptualized in the context of American politics. Using these conceptions as a base, we will then turn to modern research on public opinion, voter behavior, institutions, campaigns, and representation, examining when, where, and how these social identities influence politics. At the end of the course, we will take a closer look at intersections between these identities and reconsider the future role of identity in American politics. As we will discuss numerous unresolved questions in the literature, the end product of the course will be a 15-25 page research paper, to be completed by the student. Students will also receive feedback on their research in later weeks of the course, and present preliminary analyses in a format similar to what one would find at an academic conference.

POLS-Y 669:INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (15131)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Winecoff,William Kindred
Day & Time: M 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 205

Course Description:
This seminar provides an overview of theoretical and empirical work in International Political Economy (IPE). IPE is an interdisciplinary field -- drawing from international relations, comparative politics, economics, sociology, and other realms -- concerned with the interaction of politics and economics in the global system. In addition to providing a broad survey of the development of thought in IPE, we will explore substantive topics including the politics of trade, investment, and development. In so doing, this course will mix classic theoretical works with contemporary empirical analyses, for the purpose of laying a foundation for future research into the global political economy. Students will be expected to write a seminar paper exploring an IPE topic in some depth, as well as shorter analyses of assigned readings.

POLS-Y 669:INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (31348)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Thompson,William R.
Day & Time: T 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 203

Course Description:
It is not clear that all types of conflict are in decline but it is clear that some types have become less common than they once were. Why these developments are taking place demand explanation. We do not lack for a number of different end-of-conflict theses. To date, macro- arguments have been made for long, nuclear, attitudinal, democratic ,Kantian, leading-power, capitalist, industrial and territorial peaces. The conclusion put forward in two long books by Gat and Pinker could be added to this list as the ¿modernization¿ and ¿psychological¿ peaces, respectively. To this list, we should add the literatures on conflict resolution and post-war settlements (domestic and interstate). All of this material purports to account for how peace breaks out. In part due to our long preoccupation with the onset of conflict, the analysis of its ending has been marginalized. That no longer is the case but just how these various arguments relate (if they do) needs to be examined. The course will focus initially on wading through first the evidence for conflict decline and then some of the explanations for these phenomena. Students will be expected to write a genuine seminar paper (on a topic related to peace processes and negotiated with the instructor) and to present their argument and findings in class toward the end of the seminar.

POLS-Y 673:EMPIRICAL THEORY & METHODOLOGY (10629)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: McGinnis,Michael Dean
Day & Time: F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 205
Topic Title: INST ANALYSIS & DVPT: MICRO

Course Description:
Introduction to Institutional Analysis and Development This seminar introduces graduate students and visiting scholars to the basic principles and selected applications of the "Bloomington School" of institutional analysis as developed by Vincent and Elinor (Lin) Ostrom and their many colleagues associated with the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an interdisciplinary research and teaching center that has been at Indiana University since 1973. We will begin by examining the research for which Lin was awarded the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, on "economic governance, especially the commons." We will then examine a few other central works in the Bloomington School tradition, including Vincent's distinctive interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and a study of police services in Indianapolis from the early days of the Workshop. For the remainder of the course we will examine current research projects on collective action, resource management, climate change, health care reform, and democratic governance. We will pay particular attention to analytical challenges which remain to be resolved within this influential tradition. Among these challenges are a fuller representation of ecological dynamics, learning and evaluative processes, contributions of legal and other formal institutions, and the pervasive influence of culture and power. All seminar participants will submit a research paper for a "mini-conference" to be held during finals week; but each paper will be presented by someone other than the author. This unusual practice is a locally-grown institution of the Ostrom Workshop, and we have found that this procedure ensures that the author receives quality comments and suggestions from several faculty members, fellow seminar participants, and other participants. Papers will also receive a grade from the course instructor, and the remainder of their course grade will be determined by class participation and by the quality of short memos on the assigned readings. Y673 is listed as a Political Science seminar, but enrollment is open to students from all departments and schools. (Please contact the instructor or Amanda Campbell, acperry@indiana.edu, for permission to enroll for credit.)

POLS-Y 675:POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (12151)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hanson,Russell Lee
Day & Time: W 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
Pragmatism, Secularism and Democracy In this seminar we will trace the evolution of American Pragmatism from the late 19th C. to the present. We will focus on pragmatists' conception of knowledge, their analysis of religious experience, and their commitment to a secular view of liberal democracy. Along the way we will read leading exponents of pragmatism, including Wright, Peirce, James, Dewey and related thinkers, e.g. Meade. Then we will turn to contemporary restatements of pragmatism by Bernstein, Brandom, Talisse, and especially Rorty. Critics of Rorty's secularism, including Stout, will also be engaged. Cheryl Misak's The American Pragmatists (OUP: 2013) is an excellent place to start, for those who wish to begin reading before the seminar convenes.

POLS-Y 681:READINGS IN COMP POLITICS (10630)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 683:READINGS IN AMER POLITICS (10631)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 685:READ IN PUBLIC ADMIN,LAW & POL (10632)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 687:READINGS IN INTL RELATIONS (10633)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 689:READ IN POLITIC THEORY & MTHD (10634)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Campbell,Amanda Claire

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POLS-Y 689:READ IN POLITIC THEORY & MTHD (15963)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 780:DIR RES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (10635)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Campbell,Amanda Claire

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POLS-Y 880:THESIS A M (10636)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 4.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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POLS-Y 890:THESIS PH D (10637)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 12.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Campbell,Amanda Claire

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POLS-Y 890:THESIS PH D (13895)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 12.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Scheuerman,William

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