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1002. Introduction to Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes of political theory such as justice, obligation, and equality, and their relevance to contemporary political concerns. CA 1.

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1202. Introduction to Comparative Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of institutions, politics, and ideologies in democratic and non-democratic states. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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1207. Introduction to Nonwestern Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of institutions, ideologies, development strategies, and the political processes in nonwestern culture. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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1402. Introduction to International Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

The nature and problems of international politics. CA 2. CA 4-INT. SM-9/09

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1402W. Introduction to International Relations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

The nature and problems of international politics. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

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1602. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

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1602W. Introduction to American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800. RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

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2062. Privacy in the Information Age

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Honors course providing a thematic overview of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Public policy, legal and ethical debates surrounding privacy and the impact of technology and scientific advances on how privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.

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2062W. Privacy in the Information Age

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Provides a thematic overview of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Public policy, legal and ethical debates surrounding privacy and the impact of technology and scientific advances on how privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.

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2072Q. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: High School Algebra II and a mathematics course.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explanation of the quantitative methods used in political science. Application of these methods for the analysis of substantive political questions.

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2222. Political Institutions and Behavior in Western Europe

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparative analysis of the governments and politics of Western Europe.

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2222W. Political Institutions and Behavior in Western Europe

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Comparative analysis of the governments and politics of Western Europe.

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2607. American Political Parties

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the aims, organization, and growth of parties in the United States.

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2607W. American Political Parties

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the aims, organization, and growth of parties in the United States. SM-2/27/12

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2622. State and Local Government

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The practical working of democracy and the role of state and local governments.

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2998. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

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2998W. Political Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels.

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3002. Classical and Medieval Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of Greek, Roman and early Judeo-Christian political ideas and institutions, and their relevance to the present.

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3012. Modern Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major political doctrines of the modern period up through the end of the 19th century, and their influence upon political movements and institutions as they are reflected in the democratic and nondemocratic forms of government.

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3012W. Modern Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major political doctrines of the modern period up through the end of the 19th century, and their influence upon political movements and institutions as they are reflected in the democratic and nondemocratic forms of government.

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3017. Contemporary Political Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major political writings from 1900 to the present.

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3019. Black Political Thought

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended Preparation: POLS 1002 and AFRA 2211.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of black U.S., Caribbean, and African political thought, with a focus on processes of and resistance to racialization, enslavement, and colonization.

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3022W. Western Marxist Tradition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of the social and political theories of Marx and Engels, and of later interpretations and modifications of their ideas.

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3023. Politics and Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Freshmen and sophomores by permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of major works of literature that either describe governing systems and institutions, interpret political processes and clashes, or address perennial themes in political philosophy and theory. CA 2. SM-11/5/18

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3023W. Politics and Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Freshmen and sophomores by permission.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of major works of literature that either describe governing systems and institutions, interpret political processes and clashes, or address perennial themes in political philosophy and theory. CA 2.

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3027. Historical Women Political Thinkers

Also offered as: WGSS 3027

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: rerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002. Not open to students who have passed POLS 2998W when offered as "Historical Women Political Thinkers."

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical study of the writings of several historical women political thinkers.

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3027W. Historical Women Political Thinkers

Also offered as: WGSS 3027W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011, open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002. Not open to students who have passed POLS 2998W when offered as "Historical Women Political Thinkers."

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical study of the writings of several historical women political thinkers.

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3030. Settler Colonialism/Indigenous Thought and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002. Not open to students who have passed POLS 2998W when offered as "Settler Colonialism/Indigenous Thought and Practice."

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of political theoretical works engaging settler colonialism and historic and contemporary American indigenous thought and practice.

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3030W. Settler Colonialism/Indigenous Thought and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011, open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002. Not open to students who have passed POLS 2998W when offered as "Settler Colonialism/Indigenous Thought and Practice."

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of political theoretical works engaging settler colonialism, and historic and contemporary American indigenous thought and practice.

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3032. American Political Thought and Ideology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

American political thought from the colonial to the contemporary period. Political thought discussed as the ideological expression of the larger sociopolitical situation.

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3042. Theories of Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Various theories of human rights, both historical and contemporary. Conceptual arguments both in favor and critical of the theory and practice of human rights will be considered, with literature taken primarily from philosophy and political theory.

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3062. Democratic Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002, 3002 or 3012.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of theories of democracy from classical times to the present; analysis of defenders and critics of democracy.

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3062W. Democratic Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002, 3002 or 3012.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of theories of democracy from classical times to the present; analysis of defenders and critics of democracy.

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3072. Political Protest and Ideology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Variants of major ideologies such as liberalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, fascism, and feminism in their socio-historical context, as well as alternative visions from the Third World.

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3082. Critical Race Theory as Political Theory

Also offered as: AMST 3082

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors or Higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary scholarship on racial identity, legal decisions, and political action from the perspective of political science and political theory. Topics include interactions between states and social movements, the intersections of race, class, gender, and membership, and the problems with both post-racialism and identity politics.

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3202. Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A focus on political party and electoral systems around the world, including advanced industrial nations, transitional nations, and less developed nations. Issues such as the relationship between electoral and party systems, democratic reform, voting behavior, and organization of political parties are examined.

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3202W. Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A focus on political party and electoral systems around the world, including advanced industrial nations, transitional nations, and less developed nations. Issues such as the relationship between electoral and party systems, democratic reform, voting behavior, and organization of political parties are examined.

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3203. Environmental Policy and Institutions

Also offered as: PP 3203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of environmental policies and institutions and their effects on the motivations and the actions of individuals and groups with implications for questions of equity, justice, and sustainability. Draws on approaches from comparative politics, public policy, and international relations.

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3205. Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Around the World

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or POLS 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

How voting behavior differs across countries. Topics may include turnout, class voting, the electoral role of religion, accountability for the economy, vote buying, ethnic politics, attitudes toward welfare, support for democracy, and anti-Americanism.

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3206. Comparative Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to overlapping themes in economics and political science including the substantive and emperical relationship between these two in advanced industrial democracies.

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3208. Politics of Oil

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and contemporary role of oil in comparative politics and international relations. CA 2. SM-2/25/08

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3208W. Politics of Oil

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and contemporary role of oil in comparative politics and international relations. CA 2. SM-3/31/08

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3209. Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

Also offered as: ENGR 3209, HRTS 3209

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.

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3210. Ethnic Conflict and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors of higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conflicts among ethno-national groups in democratic and democratizing states and conflict management strategies. Theoretical approaches to understanding origin-of-identity conflicts.

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3210W. Ethnic Conflict and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Conflicts among ethno-national groups in democratic and democratizing states and conflict management strategies. Theoretical approaches to understanding origin-of-identity conflicts.

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3211. Politics of Water

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of water in state building, state-society relations, and economic and political development. Draws on approaches from comparative politics and international relations. CA 2.

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3211W. Politics of Water

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, or 1011, or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of water in state building, state-society relations, and economic and political development. Draws on approaches from comparative politics and international relations. CA 2.

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3212. Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

Also offered as: HRTS 3212

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women's rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.

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3214. Comparative Social Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1202 or 1207 or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Institutional structures of modern welfare states, including systems of social insurance, healthcare, and education. Assessment of leading political explanations for their growth and cross-national differences among them.

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3214W. Comparative Social Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1202 or 1207 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: coursework in economics and sociology.

Grading Basis: Graded

Institutional structures of modern welfare states, including systems of social insurance, healthcare, and education. Assessment of leading political explanations for their growth and cross-national differences among them. SM-12/14/09

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3216. Women in Political Development

Also offered as: WGSS 3216

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher, others by consent

Grading Basis: Graded

How women and gender circumscribe political life and generate relationships of inequality and justice on a global scale. Topics may include conflict and security, development, human rights and legal systems, labor and migration, nation building, political economy, and transnational justice.

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3218. Indigenous Peoples' Politics and Rights

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors of higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Governments, political behavior, human rights and constitutional rights of indigenous peoples of North America and Latin America. Impact of international law and globalization on indigenous peoples.

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3218W. Indigenous Peoples' Politics and Rights

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Governments, political behavior, human rights and constitutional rights of indigenous peoples of North America and Latin America. Impact of international law and globalization on indigenous peoples.

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3228. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The social and political structure of the former Soviet Union, the causes and outcome of efforts to reform it, and the development of democratic politics in Russia and other former Soviet republics.

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3235. Latin American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories and institutions of Latin American politics, with emphasis on issues of stability and change.

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3237. Democratic Culture and Citizenship in Latin America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of democratic attitudes, norms, and behavior in Latin America. CA 2.

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3237W. Democratic Culture and Citizenship in Latin America

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of democratic attitudes, norms, and behavior in Latin America. CA 2.

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3239. Politics of the Environment and Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors and higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of the environment and development with a focus on environmental issues in developing countries.

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3239W. Politics of the Environment and Development

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Open to Juniors and Higher. Recommended Preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of the environment and development with a focus on environmental issues in developing countries.

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3240. Climate Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to major debates about the distributional consequences of climate change and the policies and programs meant to address it. Implications for the design of global, national, and subnational institutions of climate governance.

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3245. Chinese Politics and Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: a 1000-level course in Economics

Grading Basis: Graded

Chinese political structure and policymaking process, attempts at democratization, process and outcome of economic reforms, development challenges in contemporary China.

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3247. Gender and War

Also offered as: WGSS 3247

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Gender aspects of war. Masculinities and militaries; gender-based war violence; laws of war and post-war conditions for male and female soldiers and civilians.

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3249. Gender Politics and Islam

Also offered as: WGSS 3249

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Construction of gender in Islamic texts and history, the religion's interaction with other patriarchal cultures and systems, western interventions and their impact, male leaders' reform efforts, women's movements.

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3250. The Political Economy of East Asia

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: 1000-level courses in political science and economics.

Grading Basis: Graded

Economic, political, and social development of East Asia. CA 2.

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3250W. The Political Economy of East Asia

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, or 1011, or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: 1000-level courses in political science and economics.

Grading Basis: Graded

Economic, political, and social development of East Asia. CA 2.

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3252. Politics In Africa

Also offered as: AFRA 3252

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The political systems in contemporary Africa; the background of the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, and the present concerns of nationalism, independence, economic development and military rule. Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.

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3255. Politics of South Africa

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Internal development of the South African state and the external response to apartheid policies, with special attention to both white and African politics, U.S. policy, and other selected topics.

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3256. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

Also offered as: HRTS 3256

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 and 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political and human rights implications of regulating contemporary global supply chains: official regulatory frameworks; non-regulatory approaches to rule-making (such as voluntary corporate codes of conduct and industry standards); social responses to the dilemmas of "ethical" sourcing of goods and services.

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3256W. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

Also offered as: HRTS 3256W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800, open to Political Science and Human Rights majors and minors; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202, POLS 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political and human rights implications of regulating contemporary global supply chains: official regulatory frameworks; non-regulatory approaches to rule-making (such as voluntary corporate codes of conduct and industry standards); social responses to the dilemmas of "ethical" sourcing of goods and services.

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3402. Contemporary International Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Problems in international relations with emphasis on changing characteristics of international politics.

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3406. Globalization and Political Change

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins and contested definitions of globalization, and its impact on national, regional and international institutions and political processes. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with a solid grounding in comparative politics and international relations.

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3406W. Globalization and Political Change

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Origins and contested definitions of globalization, and its impact on national, regional and international institutions and political processes. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with a solid grounding in comparative politics and international relations.

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3410. International Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of international economic relations: trade, finance, foreign direct investment, aid.

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3412. Global Environmental Politics

Also offered as: EVST 3412

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Politics of how humans and natural systems interact. Managing the global environment, regulating resource commons, and coordinating to solve environmental problems.

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3414. National and International Security

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Key American national security issues as integral parts of the larger problem of global security.

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3418. International Organizations and Law

Also offered as: HRTS 3418

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and international law in world affairs with special attention to contemporary issues.

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3418W. International Organizations and Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and international law in world affairs with special attention to contemporary issues.

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3422. International Negotiation and Bargaining

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A comparative study of foreign policy making. Use of computer-assisted simulation provides realistic experience in foreign policy decision making and international negotiation.

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3426. Politics, Propaganda, and Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Lectures and films from several nations serve to illustrate techniques and effects of propaganda, analyzing the pervasive impact that propaganda has on our lives. The course concentrates on the World War II era.

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3428. The Politics of Torture

Also offered as: HRTS 3428

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include,"Why is torture perpetrated?" "What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?" "How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?" "Who tortures?" and "How does torture affect transitional justice?"

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3429. Political Violence

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to Juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1402.

Grading Basis: Graded

Nature and origins of violence, including torture, genocide, terrorism, and civil war, on the part of individuals, non-state groups, and states.

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3429W. Political Violence

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors and above. Recommended preparation: POLS 1402

Grading Basis: Graded

Nature and origins of violence, including torture, genocide, terrorism, and civil war, on the part of individuals, non-state groups, and states.

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3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

Also offered as: HRTS 3430

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

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3432. American Diplomacy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

A chronological examination of the foreign relations of the United States from 1776 to the first World War.

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3434. Honors Core: Excavating the International in Everyday Practices

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: POLS 1402.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

Examination of daily international practices utilizing an everyday objects lens, with attention to ethical implications for activism, change, and social justice.

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3434W. Honors Core: Excavating the International in Everyday Practices

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended Preparation: POLS 1402.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of daily international practices utilizing an everyday objects lens, with attention to ethical implications for activism, change, and social justice.

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3437. Recent American Diplomacy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The foreign relations of the United States from the first World War to the present.

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3438W. Writing Seminar in Recent American Diplomacy

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 3437, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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3442. The Politics of American Foreign Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Instructions, forces and processes in the making of American foreign policy. Emphasis will be on contemporary issues.

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3447. American Diplomacy in the Middle East

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The strategic, political, and economic interests that have shaped U.S. policy in the Middle East. U.S. responses to regional crises, peace efforts, arms transfers, covert operations and military intervention.

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3457. Foreign Policies of the Russian Federation and the Former USSR

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The Soviet Union's role in world affairs as background for studying the international consequences of the breakup of the USSR; the foreign policies of the former soviet republics among themselves, and of Russia and selected other republics.

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3462. International Relations of the Middle East

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The foreign policies and security problems of Middle Eastern States; sources of regional conflict and competition - oil, water, borders, religion, ideology, alliances, geopolitics, refugees, and superpower intervention.

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3464. Arab-Israeli Conflict

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political relations between Arabs and Israelis with an emphasis on war and diplomacy.

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3464W. Arab-Israeli Conflict

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political relations between Arabs and Israelis with an emphasis on war and diplomacy.

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3472. South Asia in World Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relations among countries of South Asia and between this region and the rest of the world. Problems of development and security confronting South Asian countries. CA 4-INT. SM-2/25/08

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3472W. South Asia in World Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relations among countries of South Asia and between this region and the rest of the world. Problems of development and security confronting South Asian countries. CA 4-INT. SM-2/25/08

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3476. World Political Leaders

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theory and practice of political leadership. Comparison of leaders in different political systems. Leadership in foreign and domestic politics. Case studies of great leaders.

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3600. Making the Modern American Presidency

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 2998 when taught as "Making the Modern American Presidency." Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

Developments in the presidency from the constitutional era through President Hoover.

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3601. Modern American Presidency

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed POLS 2998 when taught as Modern American Presidency. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602 and 3600.

Grading Basis: Graded

Developments in the presidency from President Franklin Roosevelt to the present.

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3602. The Presidency and Congress

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The contemporary Presidency and its interactions with the Congress in the formation of public policy.

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3604. Congress in Theory and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth analysis of the U.S. Congress, including representation, elections, policy formation, law making, and organization.

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3604W. Congress in Theory and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth analysis of the U.S. Congress, including representation, elections, policy formation, law making, and organization. SM-10/15/12

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3606. The Politics of Election Administration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of the politics of election administration. Topics include: the roles of state and local governments; the participation of candidates, political parties, and voters; convenience-voting options, new technologies, voter turnout, and voter errors; redistricting; voter suppression and voter fraud; and prospects for reform.

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3608. The Art, Science, and Business of Political Campaigns

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An analysis of strategy, communications, fundraising, and voter mobilization in contemporary political campaigns.

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3610. American Politics in Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of films that describe the development of American political institutions, norms, and values; that portray the processes exhibited in contemporary political institutions or the behaviors that characterize modern-day politicians; or that interpret recurring clashes in American politics.

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3610W. American Politics in Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602 and ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of films that describe the development of American political institutions, norms, and values; that portray the processes exhibited in contemporary political institutions or the behaviors that characterize modern-day politicians; or that interpret recurring clashes in American politics.

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3612. Electoral Behavior

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Explaining elections and the basis for voters' decisions.

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3613. Congressional Elections

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

Campaign organization, strategy, and election outcomes in Congressional elections. Topics include candidates and nominations, the roles of political parties and interest groups, campaign communications, campaign finance, and electoral reform.

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3613W. Congressional Elections

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

Grading Basis: Graded

Campaign organization, strategy, and election outcomes in Congressional elections. Topics include candidates and nominations, the roles of political parties and interest groups, campaign communications, campaign finance, and electoral reform.

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3615. Electoral Realignment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theoretical and empirical examination of electoral realignment in the United States. CA 2.

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3615W. Electoral Realignment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theoretical and empirical examination of electoral realignment in the United States. CA 2.

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3617. American Political Economy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theoretical foundations of the American political economy. Examination of selected public policy issues, including interaction between economic factors and incentives, and democratic institutions and processes.

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3618. Politics of Inequality

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship between democracy and inequality. Economic inequality and its causes, poverty, public opinion, inequalities in political voice and representation, public policy, the role of money in politics.

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3622. American Political Leadership

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of American political leadership as it relates to political culture, institutions and democratic principles.

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3625. Public Opinion

Also offered as: PP 3030

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts, theories, structure, and substance of public opinion.

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3627. CT State & Municipal Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An examination of contemporary Connecticut politics on the state and municipal levels.

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3632. Urban Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

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3632W. Urban Politics

Also offered as: URBN 3632W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

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3633. Race and Policy

Also offered as: AFRA 3033, PP 3033

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

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3642. African American Politics

Also offered as: AFRA 3642

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.

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3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

Also offered as: AFRA 3647

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.

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3652. Black Feminist Politics

Also offered as: AFRA 3652, WGSS 3652

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.

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3662. Latino Political Behavior

Also offered as: LLAS 3270

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Latino politics in the United States. Political histories of four different Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Central American. Different forms of political expressions, ranging from electoral behavior to political art. CA 4.

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3667. Puerto Rican Politics and Culture

Also offered as: LLAS 3667

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Legal and political history of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States with an emphasis on the question of United States empire and the politics of cultural resistance.

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3672. Women and Politics

Also offered as: WGSS 3052

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

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3710. Political Science Fiction

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

International relations theory and speculative fiction as interpretations and interrogations of war, peace, politics, knowledge, and imagination.

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3720. Heroes and Villains in American Politics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of how conventional understandings of heroism and villainy influence American politics and, reciprocally, how reigning trends in American politics influence widely shared conceptions of heroism and villainy.

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3802. Constitutional Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme court in expounding and developing the United States Constitution. Topics include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, and due process.

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3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

Also offered as: AMST 3807, HRTS 3807

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

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3812. Judiciary in the Political Process

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: POLS 1602; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The Supreme Court in the Political Process.

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3817. Law and Society

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher. When students intend to take several courses in the Judicial Process field, it is recommended that 3817 be taken first.

Grading Basis: Graded

Leading schools of legal thought, fundamental principles and concepts of law, the basic framework of legal institutions, and judicial procedure. Particular attention is devoted to the general features of American law as it affects the citizen, and primary emphasis is placed on the function of law as a medium for attaining a balance of social interests in a politically organized society.

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3822. Law and Popular Culture

Also offered as: AMST 3822

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, televisions, and other media of popular culture.

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3822W. Law and Popular Culture

Also offered as: AMST 3822W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, televisions, and other media of popular culture.

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3827. Politics of Crime and Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Criminal justice in the United States, with emphasis on the links between law, politics, and administration.

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3832. Maritime Law

Also offered as: MAST 3832

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

International and domestic legal concepts concerning jurisdiction in a maritime setting.

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3834. Immigration and Transborder Politics

Also offered as: AMST 3271, LLAS 3271

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

U.S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on Latino diasporas.

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3837. Civil Rights and Legal Mobilization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Strategies used by interest groups to achieve civil rights recognition through the legal system and legislative process.

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3837W. Civil Rights and Legal Mobilization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Strategies used by interest groups to achieve civil rights recognition through the legal system and legislative process.

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3842. Public Administration

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The politics of public administration. Role of administrative agencies and officials in American national, state, and local governments.

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3847. The Policy-making Process

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the study of policy analysis. Consideration of description and prescriptive models of policy-making. Examination of several substantive areas of national policy in the United States.

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3850. Politics and Ethics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship between power and ethics in political life. Examination of ethical perspectives on political decisions and issues.

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3857. Politics, Society, and Education Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of interactions among educational policy, politics, and other social forces. Insights and concerns from politics and other social sciences disciplines applied to different levels and types of schooling.

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3991. Supervised Field Work

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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3993. Foreign Study

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 15 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted before the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3995. Special Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3999. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter. Open only with consent of instructor and department head.

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4994. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Required for students in the Honors Program. Weekly seminar on selected topics in political science. Students must complete this course prior to their final semester.

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4997W. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Honors Credit

All honors students writing an honors thesis in Political Science must take this course in each of their last two semesters. Course may be repeated once for credit.

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