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Fall 2017

POLS-X 471:TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP (6747)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Spechler,Dina R.

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POLS-X 476:POLS PRACTICUM III (8212)

Credit Hours: 1.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Braman,Eileen

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POLS-X 477:FIELD EXPERIENCE IN POL SCI (13549)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hershey,Marjorie R.

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POLS-X 490:UNDERGRAD READINGS IN POL SCI (14019)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 6.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hershey,Marjorie R.

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POLS-Y 100:AMERICAN POLIT CONTROVERSIES (4042)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Dalecki,Jacek
Day & Time: MW 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Global & International Studies 0001

Course Description:
Politics is the study and practice of the decision-making process involved in managing a state or a government. It deals with ¿who gets what, when and how¿ or ¿who could do what to whom,¿ to use celebrated phrases. Because political relations involve power and authority, politics and controversy go hand in hand, either overtly or covertly. This course will explore several controversies that have permeated American politics, ranging from contentions about the rationale behind the American political system (motivations of the Founding Fathers, the Electoral College, gerrymandering) through disagreements over the essence of public policies (death penalty, the drinking age, subsidizing the Arts) to debates about civil rights and liberties (abortion, freedom of expression, surveillance). We will focus on what types of arguments have been used to endorse/reject specific views and how arguments in favor of/against these views have been produced. The goal of the course is thus two-fold: to examine key debates present in American politics and to appreciate the art of making effective political arguments.

POLS-Y 100:AMERICAN POLIT CONTROVERSIES (4043)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Dalecki,Jacek
Day & Time: TR 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Recreational Sports 110

Course Description:
Politics is the study and practice of the decision-making process involved in managing a state or a government. It deals with ¿who gets what, when and how¿ or ¿who could do what to whom,¿ to use celebrated phrases. Because political relations involve power and authority, politics and controversy go hand in hand, either overtly or covertly. This course will explore several controversies that have permeated American politics, ranging from contentions about the rationale behind the American political system (motivations of the Founding Fathers, the Electoral College, gerrymandering) through disagreements over the essence of public policies (death penalty, the drinking age, subsidizing the Arts) to debates about civil rights and liberties (abortion, freedom of expression, surveillance). We will focus on what types of arguments have been used to endorse/reject specific views and how arguments in favor of/against these views have been produced. The goal of the course is thus two-fold: to examine key debates present in American politics and to appreciate the art of making effective political arguments.

POLS-Y 102:INTL POL CONTROVERSIES (32866)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Espinoza,Edgar

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (14215)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Barbour,D. Christine
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Psychology 111

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (8312)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Vermilion,Chris J

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (8313)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Kinsey,Megan Danielle

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (8314)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Vickrey,Alan Lee

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (8315)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Paternoster,Elizabeth Ann

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (8316)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Wiggins,Andrew J

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (4044)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Barbour,D. Christine
Day & Time: MW 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Building & Room Number: Fine Arts 015

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (4045)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Barbour,D. Christine
Day & Time: MW 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Ballantine Hall 013

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (7409)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Barbour,D. Christine

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POLS-Y 103:INTRO TO AMERICAN POLITICS (7897)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Gastineau,Gregory Franic

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POLS-Y 105:INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (4046)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: TR 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 100

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POLS-Y 105:INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (9083)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 002

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POLS-Y 105:INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (9084)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: F 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
Building & Room Number: Fine Arts 010

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POLS-Y 105:INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (9085)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: F 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 106

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POLS-Y 105:INTRO TO POLITICAL THEORY (9086)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: F 12:20 PM - 1:10 PM
Building & Room Number: Fine Arts 010

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POLS-Y 107:INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS (4047)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Razo,Armando
Day & Time: MW 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Ballantine Hall 209
Topic Title: WORLD POLITICS

Course Description:
This course has a dual purpose: to introduce students to political science and to show how political scientists compare and contrast different countries. Students will gain a basic understanding of the variety of political systems that different societies have established throughout history. We will pay particular attention to the economic consequences of different types of government to understand why some countries are rich and others are poor, but will also explore various other topics such as presidential and parliamentary democracies, dictatorships, political order and conflict, political participation, public policies, and social movements. Political theories will be illustrated with case readings and regular short films from selected countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Selected Topics * Theories of government and nation-states * The economic role of governments * Democratic and Nondemocratic regimes * New and Advanced Democracies * Postcommunist political development * Politics and economics of Developing countries * Violence and Political Disorder * Globalization

POLS-Y 109:INTRO TO INTL RELATIONS (4048)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Winecoff,William Kindred
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Student Building (Frances Morg 150

Course Description:
This is an introductory course on international politics and the relations in the global political system. The purpose of this course is to systematically study international interactions between actors with different interests and ideas. In this course we will explore topics, encounter puzzles, examine theories, and evaluate evidence to gain a greater understanding of world politics. The overarching goal of the course is to understand how the contemporary global political system originated, and what historical processes drove its development and change. We will focus on analyzing global politics as one system that is comprised of three interrelated subsystems: the global security subsystem, the global exchange subsystem, and the global development subsystem. While these distinctions will structure the course, we will consider each of them within the context of the others. For example, we will seek to understand how global trade affects security (and vice versa). We will consider how cross-national financial flows enhance or inhibit economic development in less developed countries. In each of these areas we will consider how the present system was created, how it has changed, and how it may change in the future.

POLS-Y 205:ANALYZING POLITICS (5571)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Fraga,Bernard L.
Day & Time: MW 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 120

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POLS-Y 210:HONORS SEMINAR (12396)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: T 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 204

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POLS-Y 210:HONORS SEMINAR (12482)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Failer,Judith L.
Day & Time: T 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 204

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POLS-Y 211:INTRODUCTION TO LAW (8524)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Dalecki,Jacek
Day & Time: MW 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Morrison Hall 007

Course Description:
Law is defined as rules of conduct that govern a society. In a democratic society, law serves as a guarantee of governmental accountability and social rights. Specifically, law is intended to assure that no person or branch of government may rise above rules made by elected public officials, that the rights of citizens are protected from arbitrary use of power, and that rules of societal conduct are clear, fairly enforced, and guarantee predictability as to how a society functions. The expression ¿the rule of law¿ (or ¿everyone is subject to the law¿) is often used to encapsulate the essence of this set of principles. In brief, the rule of law is said to be a foundation for both order and liberties. We will examine this credo through three lenses. (1) Origins of law and formulations of the rule of law. How did law come about? How was the concept of the rule of law established and formalized? What are the main theories of law and the rule of law in circulation today? (2) The United States court system and its highest judicial authority, the Supreme Court. How is the court system organized? What is the relation between the courts on and between state and federal levels? What is the role of the Supreme Court in American politics? What factors affect decisions made by the Supreme Court Justices? (3) The international context of law. What is the relation between domestic and international law? Can principles of the rule of law govern relations among nation states? Is it possible to have a global system of law? The implicit goal of this course is also to reflect on a more pointed question: Is law neutral and objective or is law like a spider web through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught?

POLS-Y 212:MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK (30409)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Scheuerman,William
Day & Time: TR 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
What is democracy, and how can we make sure it is working properly? Most countries today claim to be democratic. How can we be sure that they in fact deserve to be described as democratic? Is democracy in the USA and elsewhere now in crisis? If so, what can we do to save it? This course examines the essentials of democratic government (freedom or autonomy; equality; majority rule; deliberation and participation), as well as the most important criticisms of democracy, from both the political right and left. We also examine political and social challenges that may be destroying, or at least weakening, "government of, by, and for" the people. Finally, we consider what changes those of us committed to democracy may need to initiate to save it in a world unlike that in which democracy first emerged. The course should be of interest not just to political science students but anyone concerned about democracy's fate.

POLS-Y 243:GOVRNANCE&CORRUPTN ACROSS WRLD (32633)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: MacLean,Lauren Mathews Morris
Day & Time: MW 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Auditorium A152

Course Description:
A growing number of people suspect that ALL politics is corrupt. But is this actually true? We will explore why some states govern more effectively, are more responsive to their people¿s needs, and accountable for what they do than others. In particular, we will look at how rising inequality between the rich and the poor affects governance and corruption. We also investigate how inequality may intersect with identities of nationalism, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and sexual orientation to shape governance. We will examine the corruption of party politics in Chicago and Ghana; perceptions of nepotism and the bureaucracy in the US and Nigeria; the conflicts over big oil money in Ecuador, Nigeria, and the Gulf of Mexico; debates over LGBT rights and representation in the US, Uganda and Russia; student protest and debates about the welfare state in the US and South Africa; race and policing in the U.S. and South Africa; and, the politics of migration and refugees flows from Syria and Mexico. The course requirements include: class attendance and participation; four quizzes; a midterm; and a final exam. Professor MacLean loves teaching and has received four IU Trustee Teaching awards since joining IU in 2005. This course will appeal to students interested in learning about how politics shapes public service, non-profit management, business, public policy, media, and international affairs.

POLS-Y 300:TOPICS IN CUR POL & GOVERNANCE (31231)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Bovingdon,Gardner
Day & Time: MW 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Global & International Studies 1118

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POLS-Y 304:CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (4050)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Braman,Eileen
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Wells Library 033

Course Description:
The Constitution and the decisions of Supreme Court justices who interpret it have defined the contours of government power in the United States for over 200 years. As we will see, however, the precise scope and nature of that power is not always clear. In this course we will examine the constitutional powers of our national institutions -- the United States judicial, legislative, and executive branches. We will also look at how our constitutional structure limits state and federal government actors. Finally, we will consider how some of the specific tools the United States government has to address national problems have evolved over time through Supreme Court decision-making.

POLS-Y 315:POLITICAL PSYCH & SOC (8965)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Carmines,Edward G.
Day & Time: MW 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Global & International Studies 1100

Course Description:
Political psychology focuses on how psychological concepts and theories help us understand how people view and interpret political events and sometimes act in the political arena. We will begin the course by examining the basic concepts used in the study of political psychology including attitudes, beliefs and cognition. We will then focus on the main areas of research in political psychology including theories of personality, group dynamics, and individual decision making. Our primary focus will be on the psychological underpinnings of the decisions and actions of political elites, specifically American Presidents. As the most important political office not just in the United States but today in the entire world, it is not surprising that the study of the presidency has attracted the attention of political psychologists. We shall see how they have used psychological models to explain presidential successes and failures and current attempts to provide psychological profiles of presidential candidates. Our ultimate objective is to assess the extent to which presidents' psychological backgrounds and makeup affect their political beliefs and actions. This is a second eight weeks course so it is crucial that students attend class regularly. The course requirements consist of two essay-type exams plus several short papers. The class includes opportunities for group work and class discussion.

POLS-Y 318:THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (8021)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Badas,Alex
Day & Time: MW 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
This course will analyze the origins, development, and operations of the American presidency. Topics will include presidential elections, the interaction between the President and Congress, the interaction between the President and the judiciary, Presidential policymaking, and the President's influence over public opinion. At the end of this course students will have a better appreciation and understanding of political science concepts, theories, and methodologies and be able to apply them to contemporary political events. Assignments: 3 exams, 4 article summaries, a 6-8 page research design

POLS-Y 319:THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS (6745)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Byrne,Sean Joseph
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

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POLS-Y 329:RACIAL & ETHNIC POLITICS USA (30412)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H DUS

Instructor: Fraga,Bernard L.
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 003

Course Description:
Issues of race and ethnicity have shaped American political history from the colonial era to the present, and certainly well before the election of President Barack Obama and candidacy of Donald Trump. Indeed, over the past half century, no national election would have been competitive without including the political preferences of racial and ethnic minority groups (including African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans) along with non-Hispanic Whites. Thus, a complete understanding of contemporary American politics demands knowledge of racial and ethnic politics. In this course, we will explore the development and maintenance of racial and ethnic boundaries and identities, the inclusion of minority groups and interests into electoral politics, racism and forms of conflict between ethnic groups, and how immigration and an increasingly diverse American society will impact the future political landscape. While we will study the historical contours of race in America, the focus of the course will be on interpreting how race and ethnicity shape politics today and will continue to impact the American political system going forward. Special attention will be placed on recent and future elections (especially 2008, 2012, and 2016), and the shift from a Black-White racial binary to a multi-ethnic framework. Note that this course is part of the "Themester: Diversity, Difference, Otherness" program for Fall 2017.

POLS-Y 335:WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS (4052)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H GCC

Instructor: Kastart,Wynand
Day & Time: MW 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Cedar Hall C112

Course Description:
Europe is adrift. The economic crisis refuses to go away. Immigration and refugee fears have given rise to new political parties competing on the political scene. The forces of globalization and Europeanization have called into question what it means to be a sovereign nation-state. This course attempts to understand these and other developments in European politics. We will make a conscious effort to study European democracies in comparative perspective¿that is, by comparing structures, processes, and policies across countries to highlight similarities and differences. The course is arranged in three parts. Part I covers European political development, regime types, and political institutions. Part II shifts focus from political structures to the interaction between politicians and voters in looking at parties, elections, political culture, and citizen politics. Part III turns to ¿politics and policymaking beyond parliament.¿ We will successively look at forms of domestic policymaking, the state of the European welfare state and public policy, the economic malaise inflicting the continent, the institutions and relations with the European Union, and other hot button issues in European politics. In addition to participating in class discussions, students will write three non-cumulative exams, write a paper analyzing public policies in two countries, and take part in an in-class simulation to form the next German government ¿ our own re-enactment of the German federal election to be held this on September 24.

POLS-Y 335:WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS (6217)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H GCC

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POLS-Y 339:MIDDLE EASTERN POLITICS (6218)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H GCC

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POLS-Y 340:EAST EUROPEAN POLITICS (30413)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Bielasiak,Jacob
Day & Time: TR 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
East European Politics: Dictatorship to Democracy? How do dictatorships become democracies? Why do they succeed or fail? We consider the questions through the post-communist attempts at building new societies in East Europe after the 1989 revolutions. The region often has been an arena of experimentation, of the rise and fall of grand political projects. The inter-war attempt at "self-determination" culminated in national conflicts, the post-WW II "communist" vision gave way to economic shortages and political suppression. Since 1989, market economies and democratic polities are the new project. Is this the future, or will emerging problems lead anew to authoritarian politics and populist movements? Students interested in ¿huge¿ political transformations will be able to draw comparative lessons to current political changes around the world.

POLS-Y 344:CIVIL WARS (32758)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Loyle,Cyanne
Day & Time: TR 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Ballantine Hall 204

Course Description:
Civil Wars This course will examine modern civil wars, focusing on the causes, conduct, and consequences of these conflicts. The goal of this class is to better understand how civil wars begin and progress so we can ultimately work to end or prevent this type of violence. Emphasis will be placed on applying research and theory within the field of political science to contemporary cases of civil war such as Afghanistan, Columbia, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, and Ukraine.

POLS-Y 348:THE POLITICS OF GENOCIDE (30416)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Bielasiak,Jacob
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 003

Course Description:
Why do people turn against other racial, ethnic, or political groups and commit mass murder in the name of a better tomorrow? What are crimes against humanity? Can the international community intervene to prevent mass atrocities? We focus on these issues through the examination of the major instances of genocide in the 20th century and beyond. We cover the political conditions and ideological arguments leading to genocide, the evolution of mass violence, and international responses to genocide. Students will be able to evaluate the causes and effects of mass violence, in a way that confronts our humanity and our commitments to become more than bystanders to history.

POLS-Y 349:POLICY MAKING AROUND THE GLOBE (30417)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Schmitz,Volker
Day & Time: MW 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
Immigration, Health Care and the Environment All countries must be able to address the political, social, and economic problems that come from scarcity. But just how these problems are tackled varies widely from country to country. What accounts for differences in public policies, policy outputs, and policy outcomes? For example, why do people in some countries pay more for health care than others? Why have societies responded differently to pressures of increased immigration? How does an increased number of elderly affect government spending? What is the relationship between national ideologies¿liberal, conservative, and the like¿and the size and nature of national welfare states? And how have rising inequality and economic decline affected policy performance in the U.S. and elsewhere? These are just some of the questions to be addressed in this course. We will examine several policy areas, including immigration, the environment, the economy, taxes, health care, social policy, and education. We will learn about how and why these policies work in the way they do in a range of countries, including the ¿rich¿ countries of the global north and the poorer countries of the global south. A central goal of the course will be to draw comparisons among these cases¿and to the United States¿to gain new perspective on current policy debates in American politics. Students studying political science, economics, public affairs, sociology, and other areas will find this course of interest.

POLS-Y 353:POLITICS OF GENDER & SEXUALITY (10697)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: O'Brien,Diana
Day & Time: MW 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Ballantine Hall 330

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POLS-Y 360:UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY (6746)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Magid,Yehuda
Day & Time: MW 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
How is US foreign policy produced? What are the most pressing substantive and regional challenges facing the United States foreign policy community today? This course is designed to provide students with the tools to evaluate and address these important questions. It will begin by introducing the concept of American foreign policy and situating it within its historical context. Then, it will examine a number of foreign policy analysis models which can help to theoretically inform a more focused analysis of American foreign policy. The course will then examine how a variety of domestic actors, including the President, congress, the state department, the security establishment, the public, and the media contribute to the formation of American foreign policy. Finally, the course will introduce students to some of the most pressing substantive and regional challenges facing the United States foreign policy community today, including ISIS and the phenomenon of international terrorism, the promotion of democracy and human rights, and increased globalization.

POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6221)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6222)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6223)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6224)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6225)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6226)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6227)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6228)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6229)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6230)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6231)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6232)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6233)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 362:INTL POLITICS SELECTED REGIONS (6234)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 363:COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY (6240)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

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POLS-Y 363:COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY (10228)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Spechler,Dina R.
Day & Time: TR 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
Comparative Foreign Policy: Why Nations Go to War? Why did the United States get involved in Vietnam, and why did it stay in the war long after U.S. leaders knew we could not win? Why did the Soviets invade Afghanistan when they well knew that others' attempts to conquer that country had repeatedly failed? Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union despite the fact that no outside power since the 15th century had succeeded in subduing Russia? History and contemporary international relations are replete with examples of the risks, costs and difficulties of attacking and invading other states and intervening militarily in the politics and conflicts of others. This course will explore the question of why nations go to war when survival is not at stake. There will be many case studies, including some quite recent cases, but the focus will be on theories that help us understand this puzzling behavior on the part of states and those who determine or influence national policy. We will be examining the impact of individual leaders, their personal characteristics, beliefs, perceptions and misperceptions, as well as decision-making groups, government bureaucracies, national values and belief systems, and the nature and functioning of various kinds of political systems. A role-playing exercise at the end of the semester will give students an opportunity to simulate national decision-makers confronting the question of whether or not to use force. The course requirements will be two exams (short answer and essay questions), two short papers and participation in class. No textbook will be used. All readings will be available on Canvas and possibly in the form of a course packet. Key words: foreign policy, international relations, war, force, intervention, leaders, decision-making, simulation

POLS-Y 376:INTL POLITICAL ECONOMY (12349)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: S&H

Instructor: Winecoff,William Kindred
Day & Time: TR 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Swain East 105

Course Description:
No truly free market has ever existed or ever can exist. Production, investment, and exchange in the world economy is governed by politics, the process of determining how a society's resources are distributed. This process of rule-setting occurs at the subnational, national, and international levels and political power exists within and across each level. As these rules benefit some groups and harm others, bargaining occurs both within and between governments. Private sector agents -- such as firms, workers, farmers, and advocacy organizations -- both influence this process and respond to it. International political economy (IPE) is the subfield of political science that studies this system. Our broad objective is to apply central analytical tools that IPE scholars have developed to better understand how the interaction between politics and markets drives outcomes in the global economic system. We will focus our study on three interlocking systems: the global trading subsystem, the global financial subsystem, and the global development subsystem. We will consider how the global political economy has changed over time, and consider what future changes may be possible. In so doing, we will emphasize three forces that shape the politics of the global economy -- hierarchies, institutions, and interconnectedness -- and consider how interests, ideas, and history influence each of them.

POLS-Y 381:CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (11170)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Craiutu,Aurelian
Day & Time: MW 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
The course offers a close examination of some of the most important works and themes in classical political thought. It includes representative selections from Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics, Cicero's On Duties, St. Augustine's City of God, and St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa. The class will end by examining a major text in non-Western thought (ancient China) by Sun-Tzu (The Art of War). The class will focus on key topics and concepts such as morality, power, laws and constitutions, civic virtue, statesmanship, just war, democracy, justice, freedom, and the problem of "dirty hands" in politics. Special attention will be paid to examining the context in which these authors wrote their works, the main concepts they used, and the implications of their ideas for our contemporary debates. The class will use a combination of lecture and discussions. The requirements include in-class mid-term and final exams, several quizzes, and class discussions on specific themes announced in the syllabus.

POLS-Y 383:FDNS AMERICAN POLITICL THOUGHT (4053)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: A&H

Instructor: Hanson,Russell Lee
Day & Time: TR 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 121

Course Description:
"The wisdom of the Founders" has a touchstone for American political discourse. Republicans present their solutions to problems of today as being faithful to the intent of those who framed the Constitution and established our system of governance. Democrats do the same, albeit in defense of very different proposals. Given these differences it is hard to believe that both parties can claim to be honoring the intent of the Founders - unless the Founders themselves were divided on fundamental issues of politics. That is the claim we will explore in Y383, as we trace the evolution of American political thought from the early colonial period through the Founding era. Debates over independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution, and the subsequent addition of a Bill of Rights are featured. Upon reviewing these debates it will become evident that the intentions of the Founders were many and varied, not singular and simple. Hence we should be wary of facile claims to be following in the footsteps of the Framers, as if they all walked the same path. We will also be reminded that the Framers themselves broke with long-established political traditions. They did not defer to ancestors, they invented a new political order to govern themselves. We will read 100-150 pages of primary texts per week in Y383, Course grades will be based primarily on three essay exams, constructed from study questions circulated before each exam.

POLS-Y 395:QUANTITATIVE POLIT ANALYSIS (35396)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: N&M

Instructor: Bianco,William
Day & Time: M 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
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POLS-Y 395:QUANTITATIVE POLIT ANALYSIS (35401)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: N&M

Instructor: Bianco,William
Day & Time: W 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 220

Course Description:
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POLS-Y 490:SENIOR SEM IN POLIT SCIENCE (11618)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: IW

Instructor: Spechler,Dina R.
Day & Time: R 5:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 119

Course Description:
Contrary to once widely held expectations, the end of the Cold War has not eliminated the threat to national and planetary survival posed by nuclear weapons. Both the US and Russia retain huge arsenals, which both sides are working hard to modernize. Russia has begun to deploy some of these in forward positions and has recently threatened to use them against actual and potential NATO members. A growing number of other states are acquiring significant arsenals of their own. Meanwhile, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the policies of certain governments have accelerated the process of nuclear proliferation and increased the danger of nuclear war from an accident or detonation by terrorists. At the same time, the two nuclear superpowers are faced with serious environmental damage and substantial risks resulting from the production and storage of nuclear warheads and fuel. This course will examine the key decisions over the last 70 years by policy makers in the US, the USSR/Russia, Europe, and the Third World that created this dangerous situation, the contemporary consequences of these decisions, and the prospects for the future. We will consider the options open to decision makers in the past and the present, the wisdom of and rationale for the choices they made, and what should be done now. The course will be taught as a seminar, emphasizing discussion. Weekly reading will be 50-60 pages in length, including many original source documents (memoirs, letters, and speeches) and news articles from the past and present, as well as scholars¿ discussions of the issues. All readings will be available on Canvas. Writing assignments will total approximately 20-25 pages. There will be a midterm and a final exam.

POLS-Y 490:SENIOR SEM IN POLIT SCIENCE (5137)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: IW

Instructor: Braman,Eileen
Day & Time: T 10:10 AM - 12:40 PM
Building & Room Number: Ballantine Hall 011

Course Description:
Political Psychology In this class we will investigate how psychological theory helps us to understand how people act (and interact) in the political arena. We will start with basic concepts including attitudes, behavior, and cognition. We will discuss what these terms mean and how they interact to shape individual political experience. We will take some time to talk about applications of the experimental method to political phenomena. Focusing on the American political context we will discuss how citizens form opinions about issues and candidates and how they may be subject to persuasion by media outlets and political elites. We will also discuss how elite decision-makers, including judges and world leaders, structure their decision tasks to maximize the influence of ¿expert¿ knowledge and prevent certain biases. We will see that such efforts are not always successful and discuss what this means in terms of the larger political context in which they are acting. Finally, we will discuss how people come to identify as part of a larger ¿social group,¿ how they interact based on those identities and the implications for political phenomena including racial and ethnic conflict. This class fulfills the intensive writing requirement. Students will be required to write 25-35 pages including weekly response papers and a final research project.

POLS-Y 490:SENIOR SEM IN POLIT SCIENCE (5138)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: IW

Instructor: Hanson,Russell Lee
Day & Time: R 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Building & Room Number: Wendell W. Wright 1201

Course Description:
Democracy and Disobedience Democratic governments rest on the consent of the governed, where each member of a governed community is counted equally. This points toward majority rule, but what options are open to those who disagree with the majorities¿ preferences for leadership or policy? To what extent should majorities take into account minorities¿ political preferences in recognition of the principal of political equality? Should they accommodate minority opinions at all, or simply impose their will as the victor in a fair political process? What if the process is not fair? Does that lessen the legitimacy of the majorities¿ mandate, or does it authorize extraordinary forms of dissent by the minority? To what extent, and by what means, may a minority dissent from majoritarian rule, if the process is fair? What is if the process is unfair ¿ does this expand the range of dissenting actions that minorities may undertake? In this seminar we will consider the rationale for majority rule, the defense of civil disobedience, and the justification for resistance, i.e. the right of rebellion as political philosophers have understood these issue, and as they apply to Ferguson protests, Black Lives Matter, and other ¿liberal¿ movements, as well as the ¿citizen sovereign¿ movement in western states, exemplified by Cliven Bundy. Challenges to majority rule, whether from the right, or left, raise challenges to common notions of majority rule as the natural expression of democracy.

POLS-Y 496:FOREIGN STUDY IN POLITICAL SCI (4054)

Credit Hours: 3.0 - 8.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Hershey,Marjorie R.

Course Description:
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POLS-Y 499:HONORS THESIS (4055)

Credit Hours: 1.0 - 8.0 | CASE Requirement: None

Instructor: Wright,Gerald C.

Course Description:
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POLS-Y 499:HONORS THESIS (32636)

Credit Hours: 3.0 | CASE Requirement: IW

Instructor: Wright,Gerald C.
Day & Time: W 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Building & Room Number: Woodburn Hall 218

Course Description:
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