POLI SCI 100 — FRESHMAN TOPICS SEMINAR

3 credits.

An umbrella course to be used to offer a variety of special topics seminars for freshmen. The topic is footnoted whenever the course is offered.

POLI SCI 104 — INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

3-4 credits.

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy content. Not open to stdts who have had POLI SCI 182, 184 or 404

POLI SCI 120 — POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD

4 credits.

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

POLI SCI 140 — INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3-4 credits.

Explores past and present patterns of political, social and technological change in terms of their contemporary and future implications for international relations.

POLI SCI 160 — INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY

3-4 credits.

Exploration of core problems of political life, such as the nature and limits of obligation, the concept of justice and its political implications, and the relationship between equality and liberty, through a selection of ancient and modern sources.

POLI SCI 170 — RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

3 credits.

Methods of Political Inquiry introduces students to political science as a discipline by focusing on the development of research questions, research designs, and the quantitative and qualitative tools commonly used to implement research designs.

POLI SCI 181 — TOPICS IN POLITICAL ANALYSIS-HONORS

3 credits.

This course is a freshman/sophomore honors seminar. Topics will vary with the instructor, and will be footnoted in the timetable.

POLI SCI 182 — POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD (HONORS)

3 credits.

Comparison of politics and government in selected countries around the world.

POLI SCI 184 — INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

Basic institutions and processes of American government. The role of constitutional structures, parties, interest groups and elections in the system; policy formation and policy comment. Stdts may not receive cr for POLI SCI 184 if they have already received cr for POLI SCI 104 or 404

POLI SCI 199 — DIRECTED STUDY

2 credits.

Open to Fr

POLI SCI 201 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

3 credits.

An experimental topics course that introduces students to compelling recent events and to the current research of political scientists. This course can be repeated by students, but not with the same content.

POLI SCI 202 — PREPARATION FOR THE WISCONSIN IN WASHINGTON PROGRAM

1 credit.

This course will prepare students to participate in the Wisconsin in Washington Internship Semester. The course focuses on internship searches, applications, and decisions on where to work. The course also sets academic, professional and personal goals for the upcoming term in DC. Students will also identify a tentative public policy topic that they will initiate this term and research and complete during the semester in DC. The course will spend time on reviewing general and DC-specific standards of professional conduct. Successful completion of this course is required for final admission to the Wisconsin in Washington Program.

POLI SCI 205 — INTRODUCTION TO STATE GOVERNMENT

3-4 credits.

Basic institutions and processes of state government in the United States; the role of parties, pressure groups, and elections in the system; the policy process, its outputs and outcomes; the role of states in the federal system, and the diversity of state politics and policy.

POLI SCI 206 — INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

3-4 credits.

Examines the psychological aspects of the political behavior of individuals--whether elites, activists or members of general publics--and their consequent political behaviors in various groups and institutional contexts.

POLI SCI 207 — INTRODUCTION TO AFRO-AMERICAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Survey of the political conditions in Black America. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 271 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI/​LEGAL ST  217 — LAW, POLITICS AND SOCIETY

3-4 credits.

Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts.

POLI SCI/​CHICLA  231 — POLITICS IN MULTI-CULTURAL SOCIETIES

3-4 credits.

Race, ethnicity, and religion as political factors; cultural pluralism, politics, and policy in the United States and selected other multi-cultural politics.

POLI SCI/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LCA/​SOC  244 — INTRODUCTION TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: VIETNAM TO THE PHILIPPINES

4 credits.

Southeast Asian history, religion, folklore and literatures, educational systems, and politics from the early classical states to contemporary social, literary, and political developments.

POLI SCI/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LCA/​SOC  252 — THE CIVILIZATIONS OF INDIA-MODERN PERIOD

4 credits.

Contemporary India society as a joint product of the classical heritage and world-wide movements toward nationalism; social and economic development.

POLI SCI/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​SLAVIC  253 — RUSSIA: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SURVEY

4 credits.

Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of Russian civilization from its beginnings through the present day.

POLI SCI/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​SLAVIC  254 — EASTERN EUROPE: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY SURVEY

4 credits.

Comprehensive interdisciplinary survey of East European culture, society, politics, and literature from its beginnings to the present day.

POLI SCI/​E A STDS/​HISTORY  255 — INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS

3-4 credits.

Multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia from prehistory to the present, including developments in philosophy, economy, governance, social structure, kinship, geography, etc.

POLI SCI/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​SOC/​SPANISH  260 — LATIN AMERICA: AN INTRODUCTION

3-4 credits.

Latin American culture and society from an interdisciplinary perspective; historical developments from pre-Columbian times to the present; political movements; economic problems; social change; ecology in tropical Latin America; legal systems; literature and the arts; cultural contrasts involving the US and Latin America; land reform; labor movements; capitalism, socialism, imperialism; mass media.

POLI SCI 265 — DEVELOPMENT OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

3-4 credits.

Exploration of core problems in classical and European thought, such as the character of the best regime, the role of politics in the good life, and the relationship between virtue and happiness, through a selection of ancient sources. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 501 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 266 — THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

3-4 credits.

Exploration of core problems in modern European political thought, such as the nature and origins of obligation, the relationship between religion and politics, and representation, through a selection of modern sources. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 502 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 270 — UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL NUMBERS

3-4 credits.

How numbers and statistics are used in electoral strategies, political debates and legal proceedings. Presents basic tools of analysis and how to use them. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 218 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 272 — INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY

3-4 credits.

Major issues of public policy in such fields as economic management, welfare, education, health, energy and the environment. How public problems develop, approaches to policy-making, why programs succeed and fail. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 219 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 274 — POLITICAL CHOICE AND STRATEGY

3-4 credits.

Within any set of institutions for making social choices, what are the opportunities for the exercise of political strategy? An introduction to decision analysis, strategic interaction, and voting systems and their manipulation will provide a basis for answering this question. Open to Fr

POLI SCI/​AFRICAN/​AFROAMER/​ANTHRO/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​SOC  277 — AFRICA: AN INTRODUCTORY SURVEY

4 credits.

African society and culture, polity and economy in multidisciplinary perspectives from prehistory and ancient kingdoms through the colonial period to contemporary developments, including modern nationalism, economic development and changing social structure.

POLI SCI/​AFRICAN/​AFROAMER/​HISTORY  297 — AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN LINKAGES: AN INTRODUCTION

4 credits.

Analysis of retention of African elements in African-American oral, written, and material culture. Social, cultural, and political issues regarding race, self-definition, and self-determination in both Africa and North America will be examined.

POLI SCI/​CHICLA  302 — MEXICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

This class examines the major problems and issues in Mexican-American politics since World War II. An emphasis will be placed on the ways in which race, class and culture have structured politics for the Mexican origin people. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 464 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 303 — ELECTION CAMPAIGN PRACTICUM

3 credits.

Techniques and strategies of election campaigning in their legal, social, ideological and historical contexts; explanations of electoral outcomes. Students will concurrently work in campaigns of their choosing, and analyze their experiences.

POLI SCI 304 — THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF RACE IN THE UNITED STATES

3-4 credits.

Race in relation to American economic development. Problems of racial minorities in the American political and economic system. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 462 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 305 — ELECTIONS AND VOTING BEHAVIOR

3-4 credits.

Psychological and social components of voting behavior, current electoral trends, role of voters in the governing process. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 467 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 308 — PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3-4 credits.

Role of administration in modern government; problems of organization, control, personnel, and finance. Not open to students with credit POLI SCI 443 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 309 — CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE UNITED STATES

3-4 credits.

American constitutional context, rights of conscience and expression; rights of defendants; equal protection of the laws; vindication of rights; proposals for reform. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 471 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 311 — UNITED STATES CONGRESS

3-4 credits.

Principles, procedures and problems of the legislative process of the United States Congress. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 426

POLI SCI 313 — BARGAINING IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

3-4 credits.

This course explores the techniques and outcomes of bargains struck between states, and between states and firms in the global economy. The emphasis is on micro political economy and negotiation/bargaining theory.

POLI SCI 314 — CRIMINAL LAW AND JUSTICE

3-4 credits.

Substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law, including the purposes of criminal justice, specific crimes, criminal responsibility and punishment, legal concepts of proof, and 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment issues. The case approach is used. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 452 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 315 — LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP

3 credits.

Practical experience in a legislative office. Policy research. Readings in legislative process.

POLI SCI 321 — LATIN-AMERICAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Contemporary political problems in Latin America; emphasis on political economy, political instability, social movements, and democratization. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 630 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 322 — POLITICS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

3-4 credits.

Comparative analysis of such issues as state formation, state-society relations, the politics of economic development, tensions between authoritarianism and democracy, and the politics of identity, with particular attention to a select number of major countries of Southeast Asia. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 639 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 323 — ISLAM AND WORLD POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Examines the multifaceted nature of political Islam in the contemporary world. Starting with the basic tenants of Islam, and key concepts and theoretical understandings of the relationships between Islam and politics, the course builds on the approaches developed in the first part of the course examining how Islam has influenced politics differently in various parts of the world including the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Students will familiarize themselves with theoretical debates about the roles of Islam in politics; analyze the impact of Islam on politics in the contemporary world; and gain empirical knowledge about how Islam functions differently in various countries.

POLI SCI 324 — POLITICAL POWER IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA

3-4 credits.

Analysis of the major institutions, ideas, people and groups in China today and their impact on power, decision-making and social change. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 642 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  325 — SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND REVOLUTIONS IN LATIN AMERICA

3-4 credits.

An introduction to the major empirical and theoretical themes in the study of social movements and politics in Latin America. While it is impossible to cover every theoretical approach or Latin American case during the semester, the course should give students the tools to begin to think critically about where and why people engage in collective action. We will develop and hone these tools through thinking about Latin American cases, paying specific attention to revolutions, social movements, and riots. The course is designed in three parts. It begins by exposing students to the dominant theoretical paradigms in the study of contentious politics as well as some prominent critiques. The course then turns to empirical themes in Latin American revolutions, challenging students to use and question the theoretical tools to which they have already been exposed. The final part of the course looks to social movements in Latin America. Cases will focus on challenges to dictatorships, identity-based movements, and resistance to globalization.

POLI SCI/​LCA  326 — POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA

3-4 credits.

Introduces students to the history and politics of the region with a special focus on India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and the regional and international contexts of South Asia.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  327 — INDIAN POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

This course explores the socio-economic and political outcomes across India. This course will employ the major theories of comparative politics that explain political outcomes such as regime type, economic development and conflict. This course explores why some countries are democracies, while others are dictatorships; why some countries are poor, while others are rich; and why some countries experience high levels of violence, while others are peaceful. The course considers how India comports with standard theories in comparative politics and how standard theories might be revised in light of the Indian case. The course maps variation on the sub-national and regional level. The course will ultimately consider reforms proposed by the Indian state to further democratic and economic development and to reduce conflict. Students will learn about India's politics in a structured manner, and will gain an appreciation of the power and limitations of the political science method.

POLI SCI 328 — POLITICS OF EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA

3-4 credits.

Asia is a vibrant region politically and economically, and is very important to the United States for international security and economic stability. Given its importance, this course provides broad and essential knowledge about Asian nations with a particular focus on China, South Korea, North Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Country studies are intended to introduce major issues in comparative politics such as democratization, elections, economic development, security, religion and politics. This course will enable students to (1) gain an empirical and analytical understanding of the political dynamics of the region; (2) think comparatively within the regime and across the developing world more generally; and (3) address and debate theoretical questions in political science through Asian politics materials.

POLI SCI 329 — AFRICAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Process of rapid political change in contemporary Africa with special emphasis on the emergence of new states. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 660 prior to fall 2017

POLI SCI 330 — POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT

3 credits.

An introduction to the political economy of development. The course asks why are some countries are rich and others poor. To help answer this question, the course examines leading theories of economic development. In light of these theories,the course highlights the development experiences of three major regions of the world: the West, East Asia, and the former Communist Block. The course considers a series of issues about development, including the effect of ethnic diversity, corruption, natural resources and women's empowerment on economic development concluding with an examination of the effects of the international interactions--via trade, foreign aid, migration and war--on economic development.

POLI SCI 332 — GERMAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

A broad overview of politics in Germany, Europe's politically and economically most powerful country. The course is structured around several broad themes: political institutions, electoral system and elections, parties and party system, interest representation, political participation, political economy, the legacies of Germany's past, social policy, European and foreign policy, and current and future challenges. Throughout the semester, we will relate the German experience to broader issues, problems, and concepts used in the comparative study of domestic politics.

POLI SCI 333 — INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

3-4 credits.

Surveys the international politics of the Middle East. Topics to be considered include the international origins of the Middle Eastern states system, inter-Arab politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict; transnational forces.

POLI SCI 334 — RUSSIAN POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Theory and practice of Russian States, emphasis on politics, economic and institutional developments since 1991.

POLI SCI 340 — THE EUROPEAN UNION: POLITICS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY

3-4 credits.

Introduction to the history and theory of European integration. Topics include the workings of EU institutions and law, the effect of the EU on national politics and economy, economic politics and policy-making in the EU, the EU as an actor in the world economy.

POLI SCI 343 — THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

3-4 credits.

Role of alliances in contemporary and historical international political systems. Purpose of alliance formation; reasons for their dissolution; relationship of alliance activity with international war and with political integration. Role of alliances in future international systems.

POLI SCI 345 — CONFLICT RESOLUTION

3-4 credits.

Every war comes to an end, but some end sooner than others. This course analyzes why and how conflicts come to an end, discussion relevant theories of conflict and conflict resolution, and important cases.

POLI SCI 346 — CHINA IN WORLD POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Chinese foreign policy as seen from Peking--the need for national security, the desire for revolution; and the impact of China on the rest of the world.

POLI SCI 347 — TERRORISM

3 credits.

Examines the causes of terrorism, goals and strategies pursued by terrorist groups, the consequences of terrorism, and counterterrorism policies adopted by governments.

POLI SCI 348 — ANALYSIS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3-4 credits.

Focuses on how to analyze problems in international politics by the use of game theory. Examples include governments making choices about the size of their military forces, barriers to trade, or international agreements on environmental issues. Analysts study strategic interaction using both informal and mathematical methods. Provides a good introduction to the basics of game theory -- a tool useful in many different settings -- as well as an introduction to the study of world politics. From the perspective of quantitative reasoning, one of the most important set of lessons center on the logic of strategic interaction and the notion of equilibrium. Along with basic game theory students will also be introduced to the pragmatic use of mathematical tools including algebra, set theory, functions, and probability theory.

POLI SCI 350 — INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

3-4 credits.

Analyzes the interaction of politics and economics in the international arena, both historically and in the contemporary era of globalization. Focuses on international trade, monetary, and financial relations in both developed and developing economies.

POLI SCI 351 — POLITICS OF THE WORLD ECONOMY

3-4 credits.

Power conflict at the international economic level and its impact on the politics of various nations, regions, and interests.

POLI SCI 353 — THE THIRD WORLD IN THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

3-4 credits.

This course examines the historical evolution of the Third World in general and North-South relations in specific. Particular attention is addressed to the institutions of colonialism and patterns of post-colonial relations between the First and Third Worlds.

POLI SCI 354 — INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND WORLD ORDER

3-4 credits.

The study of international cooperation and the analysis of regional, functional, and universal regimes and institutions.

POLI SCI 356 — PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

3-4 credits.

A survey course that focuses on interactions among the primary entities in the international system; namely, states, inter- governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other international actors governed by international law. The study of international relations and international law is absolutely critical to understanding contemporary politics, both domestic and foreign. This course addresses both structural and substantive issues related to international law. In other words, it should provide basic tools for understanding the way in which international law works, as well as introduce substantive issues of interest to students of world politics. The course will place special emphasis on the role of international organizations in the international legal system, and special attention will be paid to the European Union as an international actor within this system of law.

POLI SCI 359 — AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

3-4 credits.

This course undertakes a historical and analytical approach to U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II and the evolution of U.S. policy and the impetus behind important foreign policy choices; The people and institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation; And the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century including how the US has responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of foreign aid policy.

POLI SCI 360 — HISTORY OF AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

3-4 credits.

The intellectual origins and evolution of American political thought as seen through the lens of leading politicians, novelists and social critics from the Puritans to the Civil War; consideration of the central tensions of American political thought from a contemporary perspective.

POLI SCI 361 — CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

3-4 credits.

This course considers central themes and controversies in American political thinking during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics include the development of liberalism from the Progressive Era to the New Deal to the Great Society and beyond; the emergence of new strands of conservatism after World War II and the tensions between those strands; challenges by excluded and marginalized groups to the traditional social and political order; and the revival of concerns about "community" in America. As a topic of study, "American Political Thought" combines philosophy, political theory, history, and practical politics. The course covers a wide variety of texts, ranging from philosophical treatises to newspaper articles, from presidential addresses to works of social science with ultimate goal to become more knowledgeable and more critical students of the American political experience.

POLI SCI 363 — LITERATURE AND POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Interactions between literature and politics, and the role of literature more generally in the functioning of the political systems.

POLI SCI/​JOURN/​URB R PL  373 — INTRODUCTION TO SURVEY RESEARCH

3 credits.

Theory and practice of survey research; planning, sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, content analysis, machine tabulation, analysis of data; two hours lecture; two hours lab or field work.

POLI SCI 374 — INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL INFERENCE FOR POLITICAL RESEARCH

3-4 credits.

Basic statistics course intended to provide students skills essential to read quantitative literature in Political Science and use basic empirical analyses. Fundamentals of probability theory and statistical inference up through bivariate regression and correlation.

POLI SCI 377 — NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WORLD POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Covers the origins of nuclear weapons, the reasons states seek them, the strategies developed for their use, the consequences of their development, and efforts to control and reverse their spread.

POLI SCI 390 — STUDY ABROAD TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

1-4 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit international relations courses taken on study abroad programs.

POLI SCI 400 — TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

1-4 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as summer forum, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc.

POLI SCI 401 — SELECTED TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

3-4 credits.

This course can be repeated by students, but not with the same content. Prereq may vary with topic

POLI SCI 402 — WISCONSIN IN WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP COURSE

4 credits.

This course offers the opportunity to apply many things learned in the classroom to the professional world and to apply things learned in the professional world to a student's liberal arts education. Interning will introduces students to the professional world of political organizations giving them the chance to enhance professional skills, build a network of contacts, and explore possible career choices. This class stresses active reflection, self-assessment, and the honing of critical thinking and writing. The internship course builds structure with written assignments, activities, reflections, and readings to help students to make the most of their internships. Analytical work in this course will allow students to systematically analyze the workplace in ways that help them recognize prevailing office dynamics, adapt to accepted organizational standards, and to identify opportunities to be a more effective colleague. The course will ask students to analyze their current experiences and to relate them to their past learning and future possibilities.

POLI SCI 405 — STATE GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

3-4 credits.

The structure of state government and the politics of public policy-making in the fifty states.

POLI SCI 408 — THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY

3-4 credits.

The President as chief administrative leader, political leader, foreign policy initiator, commander-in-chief, and head of state.

POLI SCI 409 — AMERICAN PARTIES AND POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Electoral, organizational, and governmental roles of political parties at national and state levels, with emphasis on changes in response to historical and contemporary circumstances.

POLI SCI 410 — CITIZENSHIP, DEMOCRACY, AND DIFFERENCE

4 credits.

A service-learning course designed to foster enhanced understanding of citizenship and civic engagement. Basic democratic theory, empirical research on political participation, functions and regulation of nonprofit organization.

POLI SCI 411 — THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION : POWERS AND STRUCTURES OF GOVERNMENT

4 credits.

This course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about powers and structures of government from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include separation of powers, executive war powers, the powers of Congress, judicial review and the role of courts, and federalism. The course focuses on the development of constitutional law, constitutional politics, and American political development.

POLI SCI 412 — THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION: RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

4 credits.

This course undertakes an historical examination of the development of American constitutional thinking about individual rights and civil liberties from the founding era to the present day. Issue that are considered include freedoms guaranteed by the original Articles, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil War Amendments (XIII, XIV, and XV) as these issues appear in constitutional law, constitutional politics, and social and economic developments. The role of the federal courts, the nature and operation of principles of federalism, and the authority of Congress to protect constitutionally guaranteed rights are also major topics of consideration.

POLI SCI 414 — THE SUPREME COURT AS A POLITICAL INSTITUTION

3 credits.

This course uses a social science approach to analyze theories of judicial decision making and to learn how law is made in a political context. Students will understand how the Supreme Court and justices operate in an interdependent political environment.

POLI SCI 415 — THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FEDERAL COURTS

3 credits.

The goal of this class is to teach students how political institutions create and influence the federal courts. We will examine various concepts such as the creation of courts, the appointment process, jurisdiction, statutory interpretation, legislative encroachment into the judicial process, and other inter-institutional relationships.

POLI SCI 416 — COMMUNITY POWER AND GRASS ROOTS POLITICS

3 credits.

This course is designed to introduce students involved in volunteer or community activism in the Madison area to the literature on political power and community organizing. Students are required to conduct field research and write an analysis of their activities.

POLI SCI 417 — THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM

3-4 credits.

Structure, process, and personnel of American courts; emphasis on the governmental and political consequences of court decisions for public policy-making.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR  419 — ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

3-4 credits.

Delegation of powers, elements of fair administrative procedure, judicial control over administrative determination.

POLI SCI 421 — THE CHALLENGE OF DEMOCRATIZATION

3-4 credits.

Focusing on political philosophy and/or comparative institutions, cultures, economic systems and behavior, the course explores debates over what democracy is, the dynamics of breakthroughs from authoritarianism to democracy and the difficulties in consolidating fledgling democracies.

POLI SCI/​CHICLA/​HISTORY  422 — LATINO HISTORY AND POLITICS

3 credits.

Students will examine the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural experiences and conditions of Latinos, the second largest US racial/ethnic minority group. Course focus is on people who trace their origins to Mexico, the Caribbean, and countries of Latin America.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  423 — SOCIAL MOBILIZATION IN LATIN AMERICA

3 credits.

This course serves as an introduction to the major empirical and theoretical themes in the study of mobilization in Latin America.

POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  429 — GENDER AND POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

3-4 credits.

Examines the gendered nature of political institutions around the world, including implications of women's exclusions from public life in a global context; the obstacles to women's greater participation; how women have gained greater voice in political leadership in some countries; and the differences women make in the political arena.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  431 — CONTENTIOUS POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Social movements, revolutions, and riots continually shape and re-shape the world around us. The course will evaluate and apply dominant theoretical approaches to understanding contention through careful attention to empirical cases throughout the world.

POLI SCI 432 — COMPARATIVE LEGAL INSTITUTIONS

3-4 credits.

A comparison of the role of law and legal institutions in the U.S. and other countries, with a focus on the state's use of law to achieve its political goals.

POLI SCI/​RELIG ST  433 — RELIGION AND POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Explores the relationships and interactions between religion and politics from a comparative perspective. The course will discuss the appropriate relationship between religion and state. In the first part of the course students will investigate the implications of the various ways in which the religion-state relationship have been involved in political conflict. Building on this, the course will then turn to several of the current issues in religion and politics asking: Why is religion apparently more important than ever despite an increasingly secular world? What is religious nationalism? What is fundamentalism? How can we explain the similarities and differences between religious fundamentalist movements across the globe? How should democratic states cope with the emergence of fundamentalist movements? In order to begin answering these questions, the course will integrate the theoretical frameworks we develop with explorations of the historical and local context of relevant case-studies from around the world.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  434 — THE POLITICS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

3-4 credits.

Examines the origins and development of human rights in international politics. The course discusses what human rights are, international human rights movements, the international search for justice after mass crimes, and international humanitarian intervention.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  436 — POLITICAL INEQUALITY: MEASURES, CAUSES, EFFECTS AND REMEDIES

3 credits.

In this course, we will review what political inequality is, and examine how scholars have measured it, and studied its causes, effects and remedies. The course will focus on inequalities in political participation and representation.

POLI SCI 437 — NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICT

3-4 credits.

Nationalist conflict and ethnic contestation remain major components of global politics. Drawing on cases from around the world, this course explores why this is the case. In the process, we will address a number of crucial questions: What are nations and ethnic groups? Where do they come from? Why do they pick particular territories? How do they define who can be part of the group? Why are they so successful in mobilizing people to kill and be killed? In the course of answering these questions, the course investigates the interactions between nations and states, religion and nationalism, globalization, citizenship and minority rights, and the causes and solutions for national and ethnic conflict.

POLI SCI 438 — COMPARATIVE POLITICAL CULTURE

3-4 credits.

In addition to political culture as conventionally defined, this course examines alternative political realities and the different understandings of politics that flow from them. It explores in detail the intersections between the realms of politics and culture in various selected regions of the world.

POLI SCI/​INTL ST  439 — THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF GENOCIDE

3-4 credits.

Examines the phenomenon of genocide in the modern world. The class covers the concept of genocide, theories of why genocide occurs, and particular cases in the 20th and 21st centuries.

POLI SCI/​ECON/​ENVIR ST/​URB R PL  449 — GOVERNMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

3-4 credits.

Problems of public policy and administration for development and use of natural resources.

POLI SCI 455 — AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3-4 credits.

Inter-state conflict and cooperation in Africa. Topics include Pan-Africanism, African Union, and regional integration; the international dimensions of regional crises; relations with great powers and with international financial institutions; and the role of non-state actors in international politics.

POLI SCI 460 — TOPICS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

3-4 credits.

Investigation at an advanced level of selected problems in political philosophy.

POLI SCI 461 — INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN POLITICAL ECONOMY, PHILOSOPHY, & POLITICS

3 credits.

An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current policy debates designed to incorporate concepts and approaches from philosophy, political science, and economics.

POLI SCI 463 — DECEPTION AND POLITICS

4 credits.

This course deals with deception and truth telling as matters of fundamental political concern. Writers ranging from Plato to John Rawls have grappled with the problem of deception and truth-telling in politics. Flattery, hypocrisy, lying as a matter of state, lying as a matter of policy: philosophical explorations of these and related phenomena are at the center of this course.

POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  469 — WOMEN AND POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Changing political roles, status, attitudes, and behaviors of women in contemporary society and of the political implications of changing female/male relationships.

POLI SCI 470 — THE FIRST AMENDMENT

3-4 credits.

An examination of the basic principles, purposes, and assumptions of First Amendment cases and literature, with attention to both historical and contemporary controversies.

POLI SCI 478 — WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP

3 credits.

In addition to an internship of a minimum of eight hours per week, students will attend a weekly two-hour seminar. Seminar topics will include: the legislative process, congressional-executive relations, the role of interest groups in public policy making, etc.

POLI SCI 481 — HONORS SEMINAR ON RACE AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES

3 credits.

This course examines the sources and policy implications of racial division in American politics by analyzing a range of issues, such as affirmative action in the workplace and in higher education, the use of black majority districts as a means of enhancing representation of minority interests in Congress, differences in public opinion between whites and blacks, and issues concerning multi-racial and ethnic tensions. We will examine the historical background of race relations and the current policy debates, with a focus on trying to find common-ground solutions. The goal of this seminar is to stimulate critical thinking on this important issue, causing students to think about race and politics in new ways.

POLI SCI 490 — STUDY ABROAD TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

1-4 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit American government courses taken on study abroad programs.

POLI SCI 503 — CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT

3-4 credits.

A survey of influential works and themes in contemporary political theory, considering such topics as distributive justice, democratic deliberation, multiculturalism, community, pragmatism, and the existential challenges of liberalism. Prior crse in political theory, philos, or ILS recommended

POLI SCI 507 — HEALTH POLICY AND HEALTH POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Analysis of health policy and health care politics. Includes the history of efforts to establish national health insurance, current proposals for reform, and the role of interest groups, public opinion, governmental institutions, and political leaders in health care policymaking.

POLI SCI 508 — AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY: POLICY AND PROCESS

3-4 credits.

Policy-oriented course covering defense, domestic politics, defense economics, alliances, and arms control in the context of American national security in the post-World War II era.

POLI SCI 510 — POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT REGULATION

3-4 credits.

Analysis of US regulatory policy from a political perspective. Introduction of regulation theories from political science, law and economics. Evaluation of theories in settings of environmental protection, workplace health and safety, financial, communications and other areas of regulation.

POLI SCI 511 — CAMPAIGN FINANCE

3-4 credits.

Examination of campaign finance, including: the philosophical rationale behind campaign finance regulations, the history of regulatory frameworks, the influence of campaign contributions on decision making, campaign finance laws in other countries, and reform proposals.

POLI SCI 514 — INTEREST GROUP POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Internal politics of labor unions, business and professional associations, and farm groups; techniques employed in advancing their policies in government.

POLI SCI 515 — PUBLIC OPINION

3-4 credits.

Formation of opinions within and among the political publics; their role in the development and practice of governmental policy.

POLI SCI 516 — POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS

3-4 credits.

Effects of communications on elite and mass political beliefs; the characteristics and functions of political language; politics and the media; symbolic politics.

POLI SCI/​AFROAMER  519 — AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY

3-4 credits.

Explores a range of theories that African Americans have drawn upon to cope with and ameliorate their political circumstances in the United States within the specific parameters of political theory.

POLI SCI 529 — ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

3-4 credits.

Examines the political, social, and economic aspects of the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict over time, and the theoretical and policy issues it raises.

POLI SCI 534 — SOCIALISM AND TRANSITIONS TO THE MARKET

3-4 credits.

Course focusing on state socialism as a political and economic system and the transition from that system in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, and elsewhere.

POLI SCI 537 — ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND REPRESENTATION

3-4 credits.

The variety of institutions which are used to structure elections and representation around the world; voting rules, the structure of the legislature, cabinet formation, constitutional engineering and the art of political manipulation.

POLI SCI 538 — POLITICS AND POLICIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

3-4 credits.

An advanced undergraduate seminar on the European Union that introduces students to the academic literature on EU politics and current debates in the field of EU studies. Topics covered include political institutions, decision- and policy-making, parties, elections, interest representation, political contestation, public opinion, enlargement, the "democratic deficit," and current events- most importantly the ongoing Euro crisis.

POLI SCI 552 — MULTIVARIABLE STATISTICAL INFERENCE FOR POLITICAL RESEARCH

3-4 credits.

Extensive treatment of multiple regression and its variants.

POLI SCI 560 — FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY

3-4 credits.

18th through 20th century feminist theory within the conventions and discourse of traditional political theory; contemporary feminism from a theoretical point of view.

POLI SCI 561 — RADICAL POLITICAL THEORY

3-4 credits.

The course will explore in depth Marxist and other radical critiques of liberal democracy that have been influential in the 20th century.

POLI SCI 590 — STUDY ABROAD TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: POLITICAL THEORY

1-4 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit political theory courses taken on study abroad programs.

POLI SCI 601 — PROSEMINAR: TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

3 credits.

Intensive study and research in selected problems within the constituent fields of political science.

POLI SCI 602 — WISCONSIN IN WASHINGTON ADVANCED PUBLIC POLICY COURSE

4 credits.

The public policy process is structured argument and decision making within institutional contexts. This class introduces students to analytic frameworks for thinking about various aspects of this process. We do not study a single context or policy, but, rather, seek to understand how policies might succeed (or fail) in one context or another. The principal framework is institutional analysis, or the way in which formal and informal rules shape policies and their outcomes. Students will learn to perform institutional analysis as well as write a memorandum presenting such an analysis to a policymaker. Students will align their final projects to their personal and professional activities and/or their internship. The course will help students understand how policies can achieve durable impact, and how progress made through policies can be defended amid institutional pitfalls.

POLI SCI/​RELIG ST  618 — POLITICAL ISLAM

3-4 credits.

Examines the political origins of contemporary Islamist movements and their impact upon Middle Eastern politics.

POLI SCI 635 — COMPARATIVE POLITICS OF SPORT

3-4 credits.

Covers the political economy, political culture, and the politics of identity (nationalism, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and gender) that is usually associated with sport at both the highest and lowest levels of competition.

POLI SCI 637 — COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY

3-4 credits.

Comparative approaches to the study of political economy and economic policy-making in capitalist democracies. Topics include theories of capitalism, the welfare state, trade, finance, and labor markets.

POLI SCI 640 — POLITICS OF JAPAN

3-4 credits.

Political institutions and behavior in contemporary Japan. Social structure, values, and institutions as they have affected political development up to the present; the interaction of political culture, leadership, political parties, interest groups, ideology, and other forces in shaping political life in post-industrial Japan.

POLI SCI 652 — THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT

3-4 credits.

This course examines the political foundations, political dynamics, and political impact of economic development in the many regions collectively known as the "developing world" or "Third World".

POLI SCI 654 — POLITICS OF REVOLUTION

3-4 credits.

An analysis of the causes, methods, processes, and consequences of revolutionary movements.

POLI SCI 659 — POLITICS AND SOCIETY: CONTEMPORARY EASTERN EUROPE

3-4 credits.

Comparative analysis of the countries of contemporary Eastern Europe, including issues of democratization, economic transition, and social change; political crises and institutional adjustments; interactions between regimes and domestic social forces; prospect for future systemic change.

POLI SCI/​LCA  663 — SOUTH ASIA AND THE GLOBAL SYSTEM: ECONOMY, SECURITY & CULTURE

3-4 credits.

Examines the effect of international forces on some countries of the South Asia region (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan) as well as how state and societal responses affect the prospects of security, prosperity, and cultural integration in the world.

POLI SCI/​JEWISH  665 — ISRAELI POLITICS AND SOCIETY

3-4 credits.

Course provides historical and analytical understanding of Israeli internal political life and institutions. Attention will be paid to political culture, coalition formation and ethnic politics as they are manifested in Israeli politics. The effect of regional conflict upon Israel's domestic politics will also be considered.

POLI SCI 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3-4 credits.

Individual study and research for majors writing theses for honors degree.

POLI SCI 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3-4 credits.

Continuation of 681.

POLI SCI 683 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS SEMINAR

3 credits.

A class for honors students writing their senior honors thesis within a seminar format. Focus is on conceptualization, research design, writing of the thesis, and relevant issues of political science. Only senior majors writing honor thesis.

POLI SCI 684 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS SEMINAR

3 credits.

A class for honors students writing their senior honors thesis within a seminar format. Focus is on conceptualization, research design, writing of the thesis, and relevant issues of political science. Continuation of 683. Seniors only.

POLI SCI 685 — HONORS RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

1-3 credits.

The internship program is designed to provide honor students with opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects of mutual interest.

POLI SCI 690 — STUDY ABROAD TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE: COMPARATIVE POLITICS

1-4 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit comparative politics courses taken on study abroad programs.

POLI SCI 691 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

POLI SCI 692 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

POLI SCI 698 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Graded on Cr/N basis; requires written cons inst

POLI SCI 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Graded on lettered basis; requires written cons inst

POLI SCI 700 — INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

1 credit.

This course is designed to introduce students to the essential theoretical approaches to international politics, to explore important historical and contemporary questions and debates in international affairs, and to teach students to think critically about international relations. The course also introduces students to the skills and methods necessary for successful online learning.

POLI SCI 701 — AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

3 credits.

The course is provides a historical and analytical examination of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II. The course is divided into three main topics: (1) the history of U.S. Foreign Policy since World War II, (2) an examination of the institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation, and (3) a review and analysis of salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. today.

POLI SCI 702 — INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

3 credits.

Analyzes the interaction of politics and economics in the international arena, both historically and in the contemporary era of globalization. Focuses on international trade, monetary, and financial relations in both developed and developing economies.

POLI SCI 703 — INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND LAW

3 credits.

This course is intended to familiarize students with some of the major international organizations (IOs) and regimes of international law that have a profound effect on patterns of international cooperation and conflict.

POLI SCI 704 — INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

3 credits.

The course is a survey of security studies in international relations. The course is organized by empirical topic, with a mix of theoretical and empirical readings for most weeks. Topics include arms competition, the causes of war, war termination, third party intervention and conflict resolution, alliances, crisis bargaining, cooperation, deterrence, proliferation and terrorism. The emphasis will be on recent work.

POLI SCI/​HISTORY/​PUB AFFR  724 — THE POLITICS OF PERSUASION: SOFT POWER IN EUROPE AND THE U.S.

1-3 credits.

How powerful is non-military power? What are its vectors and its limits? International relations theorists have defined soft power as "the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion." This graduate seminar will put this notion to the test. We will investigate how elites, interest groups, religious bodies, and nation-states seek to exercise hegemony in the international order through non-violent means. How was "soft power" implemented on the ground in the 20th century- and how did its use transform international relations? To probe these questions, we will focus on a series of case studies in European and U.S. international history. Topics covered include the expansion of capitalism and consumer culture; the globalization of international legal instruments and human rights claims; and de-secularization, religious radicalism, and counter-insurgency. In the process of analyzing our case studies, we will refine our analytical vocabulary. Drawing on recent work in international relations, political theory, and international history, we will probe the meaning and utility of concepts like normative power, hegemony, cultural capital, and public diplomacy. This course is open to Masters and PhD students from a range of disciplines.

POLI SCI/​GEOG/​URB R PL  742 — INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING THEORY

3 credits.

Provides students with a historical and theoretical foundation for critical thinking about international development planning.

POLI SCI 799 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Directed Study restricted to graduate students. Intended for master's level students.

POLI SCI 800 — POLITICAL SCIENCE AS A DISCIPLINE AND PROFESSION

1 credit.

Describes and evaluates major approaches used in political science. Explores issues related to professional development and political science careers.

POLI SCI 801 — RESEARCH AND WRITING SEMINAR

3 credits.

Intended for PhD students in political science to develop a seminar or conference paper into a publishable journal article. Emphasis on editing, revising, and peer feedback.

POLI SCI/​FRENCH/​GERMAN/​HISTORY/​SOC  804 — INTERDISCIPLINARY WESTERN EUROPEAN AREA STUDIES SEMINAR

3 credits.

POLI SCI 811 — INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL COMPUTING IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

1-3 credits.

Introduction to the issues of statistical computing in political science using statistical packages such as STATA and R with emphasis on developing sound practices for organizing data, protocols, and results in empirical research.

POLI SCI 812 — INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

3 credits.

Introductory statistics course for Ph.D. students. Emphasis on probability theory, inference, and the foundations of multivariate least squares and maximum likelihood. D. program or cons inst

POLI SCI 813 — MULTIVARIABLE STATISTICAL INFERENCE FOR POLITICAL RESEARCH

3 credits.

Extensive treatment of multiple regression and its variants.

POLI SCI 814 — SOCIAL IDENTITIES: DEFINITION AND MEASUREMENT

3 credits.

Analyzes the concept of social identities with a focus on definition, comparison, and measurement. Explores a range of theories as well as methodological techniques for measurement. Examines classic works on race, ethnic, national, class, gender, and religious identities.

POLI SCI 817 — EMPIRICAL METHODS OF POLITICAL INQUIRY

3 credits.

Acquaints students with a wide variety of research methods used to analyze political phenomena, emphasizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

POLI SCI 818 — MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION

3 credits.

Develops the theory of maximum likelihood estimation and applies it to models for discrete and limited dependent variables common to political and social science data.

POLI SCI 821 — MASS POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

3 credits.

An empirical analysis of the role of mass publics in political life and the factors which determine the formation and expression of political beliefs and attitudes.

POLI SCI 823 — POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credits.

The relationship between psychological processes and political thinking and behavior. Topics may include the development and functioning of mass and elite level ideology and behavior, political communication, decision-making, perception, and the impact of political experiences on psychological states and processes.

POLI SCI 825 — RACE AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES

3 credits.

Analysis of the role of race, class and ethnicity in the political process. Evaluation of theories from political science, economics and sociology. Topics may include policy analysis, political organizations, immigration, political behavior and culture.

POLI SCI 826 — THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

3 credits.

Analysis of legislative process and the role of the legislature in the political system, emphasizing current research.

POLI SCI 827 — INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

The formation, structure, activities and power of interest groups in the United States with comparisons to interest groups in other countries.

POLI SCI 828 — THE CONTEMPORARY PRESIDENCY: ISSUES AND APPROACHES

3 credits.

Current topics of research interest on the American presidency. Alternative approaches and methods for the study of the presidency.

POLI SCI/​JOURN  829 — POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

3 credits.

This course examines the role of communication in American politics. Topics covered include the communication of politics (e.g., communication by politics elites, effects of mass media and interpersonal communication on political attitudes) as well as the politics of communications (regulation of political communication, policy issues, etc.).

POLI SCI 830 — CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY

3 credits.

A review of a variety of modern approaches to constitutionalism and its challenges from a theoretical and comparative perspective.

POLI SCI 831 — CONCEPTS IN POLITICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Studies in normative, analytical, or historical thought about politics.

POLI SCI 833 — TOPICS IN ANCIENT POLITICAL THOUGHT

3 credits.

Considers varied topics in Greek, Roman, early Christian and Medieval political theory; topics in non-Western ancient and medieval thought may also be offered.

POLI SCI/​A A E  835 — GAME THEORY AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS

3 credits.

An introduction to the tools of game theoretic analysis, with reference to the use of game theory in political science. Intended for those desiring a basic familiarity with the theory, and for those planning further work in formal modeling.

POLI SCI 836 — FORMAL MODELS OF DOMESTIC POLITICS

3 credits.

Provides an overview of formal, i.e., game-theoretic, models of domestic politics. This course builds directly upon the material presented in Political Science 835.

POLI SCI 837 — FORMAL MODELS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 credits.

Provides an overview of the formal theory literature in international relations, including international security and international political economy.

POLI SCI 839 — METHODS OF POLITICAL THEORY

3 credits.

An overview of the central disciplinary approaches to interpreting, teaching, and writing about philosophical texts.

POLI SCI 840 — COMPARATIVE POLITICAL ECONOMY

3 credits.

Survey of field of comparative political economy and in-depth study of political economy of democratic and non-democratic capitalist systems. Key themes include: business and labor relations, globalization and its impact on domestic political economies, rise of emergent powers.

POLI SCI 853 — COMPARATIVE POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS

3 credits.

Comparative theoretical and empirical analysis of political institutions, including electoral systems, legislatures, executives, executive-legislative relationships, political parties, party systems, federalism, economic governance, and link between institutions and internationalization.

POLI SCI 854 — NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC CONFLICT

3 credits.

Comparative analysis of nationalism, national identity, and ethnicity and their impact on domestic and international conflict. Examines relationship between nationality, citizenship, and minority rights; territoriality and identity, contemporary religious nationalism; relationship between globalization and nationalism.

POLI SCI 855 — POLITICS AND CULTURE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Scholarly approaches linking cultural phenomena. Both theoretical and empirical patterns of politics and culture in several regions. The course also explores systematic linkages between politics and culture, evaluates common ways of studying them, and assesses their contemporary importance.

POLI SCI 856 — FIELD SEMINAR IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

3 credits.

A broad introduction to the field of comparative politics. It combines a theory-driven approach with a problem-driven approach to analyze key themes in comparative politics. Four paradigms in comparative politics--structural, cultural, rational-choice and institutional--will be reviewed.

POLI SCI 857 — INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORIES

3 credits.

Analysis of the major theories on the functioning of the international political system and the behavior of nations within it.

POLI SCI 861 — CHALLENGES OF DEMOCRATIZATION

3 credits.

Explores the problems of crafting democracies in the broadest comparative perspectives to comprehend the benefit of democracy. Covers democratic drafting in terms of center/federalism, president/parliament, voting systems, party systems, civilian control of the military, etc.; as these relate to particulars of religion, region, language and other communalist identity.

POLI SCI 862 — STATE AND SOCIETY IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Reviews a range of approaches that focus on civil society, social movements, ethnic and religious based mobilization, as well as gender and class based approaches to state-society relations.

POLI SCI 863 — THE JUDICIAL PROCESS

3 credits.

Analysis of the decision-making processes of judicial institutions and the behavior of judges, litigants, lawyers, and other actors in the judicial process. Strong emphasis on the relationship between judicial and other policy-making institutions and actors.

POLI SCI 864 — INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

3 credits.

Analysis of key classical and contemporary theories in international political economy.

POLI SCI 865 — THE SUPREME COURT AND THE CONSTITUTION IN AMERICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

Analysis of the development of major constitutional doctrines and their impact on politics and public policy in the United States.

POLI SCI/​ENVIR ST/​PUB AFFR  866 — GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

3 credits.

In-depth examination of the political and policy challenges posed by global environmental degradation. Analysis of international institutions for managing the global environment.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR  871 — PUBLIC PROGRAM EVALUATION

3 credits.

Compares the conceptual, statistical, and ethical issues of experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs for program evaluation. Definitions of outcomes, sample size issues, statistical biases in measuring causal effects of programs, and the reliability of findings will be emphasized using case studies selected from current public programs.

POLI SCI 873 — AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES

3 credits.

Reviews major approaches to analyzing political parties and understanding their developmental changes. Examines the parties in operation and the relationship of parties to the state and society.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  874 — POLICY-MAKING PROCESS

3 credits.

An intensive study of policy-making processes involved in the formulation of public policies.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR  875 — PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION

3 credits.

Analysis of personnel policies and practices in the public sector and examination of patterns of interaction between political executives, personnel professionals, public employees, and interest groups in the development of personnel policies. Compares problems and approaches of different countries as well as those of the various levels of government in the United States.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  878 — PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

3 credits.

Role of administration in American government; problems of organization, bureaucracy and control; public policy as the output of the administrative process.

POLI SCI 881 — AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

3 credits.

Examination of critical transformations in the structure and activities of the U.S. national state; political models of economic development; periodization versus non-periodization approaches; topics include liberalism and republicanism, southern exceptionalism, labor, race, populism, war and statebuilding; construction of the corporate economy.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR  885 — ADVANCED PUBLIC MANAGEMENT: CRAFT, CONSTRAINTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY

3 credits.

Examines how managers in public and not-for-profit agencies can secure and utilize legal authority, human resources, and funds to accomplish organizational goals. Includes strategies for establishing and maintaining effective external relations and for working through other organizations to accomplish objectives.

POLI SCI/​PUB AFFR/​URB R PL  890 — FEDERAL BUDGET AND TAX POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

3 credits.

Focuses on national budget and tax policy and administration, and the parallel processes at the state and local levels. Included are discussions of: decision-making theories; budget and tax policy; and analysis of normative and empirical criteria and analytical techniques for assessing alternative policy proposals.

POLI SCI 900 — TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

1-3 credits.

An umbrella course for variable credit topic courses, such as colloquia series, workshops, intensive summer courses, half-semester courses, etc. Prerequisites will vary according to topic

POLI SCI 904 — SEMINAR-AMERICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

In-depth examination of selected topics on American politics and governmental institutions.

POLI SCI 917 — TIME SERIES ANALYSIS

3 credits.

This course introduces students to time series methods and applications, including ARMA models, error corrections models and reduced form specifications. Course also discusses co-integration and fractional integration.

POLI SCI 919 — SEMINAR-ADVANCED METHODOLOGY

3 credits.

Design of research and adaptation of advanced methods to solve particular methodological problems in original analyses of political data.

POLI SCI 931 — SEMINAR-POLITICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Analysis of and research on problems of theorizing in and about political life.

POLI SCI/​GEN&WS  933 — FEMINIST POLITICAL THEORY

3 credits.

Focuses on how specific schools of feminist thought redefine the political, spanning historical and contemporary feminist political theory.

POLI SCI 940 — DOMESTIC POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 credits.

Examines how domestic institutions and processes influence the international system. Also examines how international forces influence domestic politics in the areas of foreign policy, international political economy and security.

POLI SCI 945 — SEMINAR-NATIONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS

3 credits.

Contemporary military strategy, the interaction of military and political factors in international politics, and the processes and content of defense policies, with emphasis on the United States.

POLI SCI 948 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

3 credits.

Research seminar on specific topics in comparative politics.

POLI SCI 949 — SEMINAR-POST COMMUNIST POLITICS

3 credits.

Comparative study of political processes in the fomer Soviet Union and communist Eastern Europe states, focusing on the transition from and the continuing legacies of the communist experience; methodological issues in the study of post-communist politics.

POLI SCI 959 — SEMINAR-INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

3 credits.

POLI SCI 960 — SEMINAR-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 credits.

POLI SCI 961 — SEMINAR-AFRICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

Comparative study of political processes in the emerging states of Africa; emphasis on tropical African states with some consideration to the Mahgreb and Southern Africa; methodological problems in the study of African politics.

POLI SCI 962 — SEMINAR: LATIN-AMERICAN POLITICS

3 credits.

POLI SCI/​URB R PL  969 — SEMINAR-TRENDS AND ISSUES IN PUBLIC PLANNING

3 credits.

Critical review of recent and current thought on the nature and role of planning in governmental and quasi-governmental agencies with particular attention to the adverse critics of planning and the issues they raise about the policy formulation process in public affairs.

POLI SCI/​A A E/​ANTHRO/​C&E SOC/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​LACIS/​PORTUG/​SOC/​SPANISH  982 — INTERDEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR IN THE LATIN-AMERICAN AREA

1-3 credits.

POLI SCI/​AFRICAN/​ANTHRO/​ECON/​GEOG/​HISTORY  983 — INTERDEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR-AFRICAN STUDIES

3 credits.

Interdisciplinary inquiry in African society and culture.

POLI SCI 986 — POLITICAL THEORY WORKSHOP

1-3 credits.

Presentation and evaluation of political theory research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

POLI SCI 987 — COMPARATIVE POLITICS COLLOQUIUM

1-3 credits.

Presentation and evaluation of comparative politics research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

POLI SCI 988 — INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WORKSHOP

1-3 credits.

Presentation and evaluation of International Relations research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

POLI SCI 989 — AMERICAN POLITICS WORKSHOP

1-3 credits.

Presentation and evaluation of American politics research in progress by members of the workshop and invited speakers.

POLI SCI 990 — RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-3 credits.

POLI SCI 999 — INDEPENDENT WORK

2-3 credits.

Under the direction of a staff member.