Course Offerings

Spring 2017

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Intelligence in Practice

POL 276 - Cantey, Joseph M., Jr. (Seth)

This course examines the responsibilities of, and challenges faced by, today's intelligence community (IC). Drawing on current literature and case studies, topics include intelligence collection and analysis, ethical and moral issues, oversight and accountability, covert action, and the increasing role of "cyber" in espionage. Through an intelligence lens, we explore the rise of al Qaeda and the global jihadist movement, the run-up to 9/11, intelligence failures (and successes) associated with the Iraq war and the Arab Spring, and the role of the IC in future scenario planning. One week is spent in and around Washington, DC, where we tour the National Spy Museum, meet with intelligence officials, and visit other intelligence-related sites.

Topics in Politics and Film

POL 292 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

This course examines how film and television present political issues and themes. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Special Topics in American Politics

POL 295 - Bragaw, Stephen G.

A seminar in political science for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic, hour, and instructor are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Special Topics in Global Politics

POL 296 - O'Dell, Wesley B. (Wes)

A seminar in political science for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic, hour, and instructor are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2017, POL 296-01: Special Topic in Global Politics: The Final Frontier: The Politics of Space Exploration and Colonization (4). Prerequisite: POL 105 or instructor consent. This course introduces students to the practical and theoretical politics of space exploration. Topics range from the global political importance of the historical space race to the public policy challenges of contemporary space flight to the speculative political forms that will shape human colonization efforts. Conceptually, students consider the place of contemporary institutions and ideas such as democracy, the United Nations, and the balance of power in a global politics that extends beyond Earth. Scholarly readings from political science and history are supplemented by works of science fiction as well as material from the field of futures studies. (SS2) O'Dell .

Seminar in Political Philosophy

POL 396 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

An examination of selected questions and problems in political philosophy and/or political theory. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Washington Term Program

POL 466 - Connelly, William F., Jr. (Bill)

The Washington Term Program aims to enlarge students' understanding of national politics and governance. Combining the practical experience of a Washington internship with academic study, it affords deeper insight into the processes and problems of government at the national level. A member of the politics faculty is the resident director, supervising students enrolled in this program while they are in Washington, D.C.

Winter 2017

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American National Government

POL 100 - Morel, Lucas E.

A study of the constitutional origins and historical development of the national government with special attention to Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, and the role of political parties, interest groups, and the media in the policy process.

American National Government

POL 100 - Bragaw, Stephen G.

A study of the constitutional origins and historical development of the national government with special attention to Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, and the role of political parties, interest groups, and the media in the policy process.

Introduction to Global Politics

POL 105 - Strong, Robert A. (Bob)

A survey of the comparative study of national and international politics and the interaction between the two. Topics may include power relations among and within states, changes in the conduct of international affairs and conflict resolution, contrasting ideas about democracy, economic development, justice, globalization, terrorism, causes and alternatives to war, social movements and the role of the nation-state.

Introduction to Global Politics

POL 105 - O'Dell, Wesley B. (Wes)

A survey of the comparative study of national and international politics and the interaction between the two. Topics may include power relations among and within states, changes in the conduct of international affairs and conflict resolution, contrasting ideas about democracy, economic development, justice, globalization, terrorism, causes and alternatives to war, social movements and the role of the nation-state.

Introduction to Political Philosophy

POL 111 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

An introduction to some of the perennial themes of politics, such as the relationship between human nature and political institutions, individual freedom and community, private conscience and civic virtue, the claims of reason and faith, the nature of law, obligation, and rights, among others. Our inquiry is guided by selections from influential works in the history of political thought, ancient, modern and contemporary, as well as plays, dialogues, comedies, tragedies, novels, and films. Consult with instructor for specific reading assignments and course requirements.

Introduction to Political Philosophy

POL 111 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

An introduction to some of the perennial themes of politics, such as the relationship between human nature and political institutions, individual freedom and community, private conscience and civic virtue, the claims of reason and faith, the nature of law, obligation, and rights, among others. Our inquiry is guided by selections from influential works in the history of political thought, ancient, modern and contemporary, as well as plays, dialogues, comedies, tragedies, novels, and films. Consult with instructor for specific reading assignments and course requirements.

The Conduct of American Foreign Policy

POL 214 - Cantey, Joseph M., Jr. (Seth)

Constitutional basis, role of the President and the Congress, the State Department and the Foreign Service, role of public opinion, political parties, and pressure groups. Relation to other political areas and to the United Nations and other international agencies.

International Development

POL 215 - Dickovick, James T. (Tyler)

A study of international development and human capability, with a focus on Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The course analyzes theories to explain development successes and failures, with a focus on the structures, institutions, and actors that shape human societies and social change. Key questions include measuring economic growth and poverty, discussing the roles of states and markets in development, and examining the role of industrialized countries in reducing global poverty. The course explores links between politics and other social sciences and humanities.

The Presidency

POL 235 - Strong, Robert A. (Bob)

A review of the origins and development of the office of the presidency from Washington to the present, with an emphasis on post-war administrations. Topics include constitutional issues arising from presidential powers, policy making within the executive branch, and modern presidential leadership styles.

Gender and Politics

POL 255 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

This course investigates the gendered terms under which women and men participate in political life. Attention is given to the causes of men's and women's different patterns of participation in politics, to processes that are likely to decrease the inequalities between men's and women's political power, and the processes by which society's gender expectations shape electoral and institutional politics. The different effects of gender on the practice of politics in different nations are compared, with a special emphasis placed on advanced industrial democracies.

Migration, Identity, and Conflict

POL 268 - Eastwood, Jonathan R. (Jon)

This course focuses on the complex relationship between migration, political institutions, group identities, and inter-group conflict. The course is a hybrid of a seminar and research lab in which students (a) read some of the key social-scientific literature on these subjects, and (b) conduct team-based research making use of existing survey data about the integration of migrant populations into various polities.

Special Topics in Global Politics

POL 296A - O'Dell, Wesley B. (Wes)

A seminar in political science for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic, hour, and instructor are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2017, POL 296A-01: Special Topics in Global Politics: NATO: Origins and Future of the Transatlantic Alliance (3) Prerequisite: POL 105. This course examines the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military and political alliance of western states that has shaped global politics for over six decades. Readings and activities explore the historical and conceptual foundations of the transatlantic community, its place in the domestic politics of its member states, and its geopolitical future. Particular attention is paid to the challenges currently facing NATO, including the problem of burden-sharing within the alliance, Russia's renewed assertiveness, and the developing situation in Turkey. Other topics include: the transatlantic policy community (NGOs), NATO and the 2016 American elections, and NATO's complex relationship with the European Union. (SS2) O'Dell .

Seminar: Lincoln's Statesmanship

POL 360 - Morel, Lucas E.

This seminar examines the political thought and practice of Abraham Lincoln. Emphasis is on his speeches and writings, supplemented by scholarly commentary on his life and career.

Seminar in American Political Thought

POL 370 - Connelly, William F., Jr. (Bill)

An examination of classic themes and current issues in American political thought. Depending on the instructor, emphases may include the Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, and voices from the Progressive and civil rights eras. Course readings stress primary sources including speeches, essays, and books by politicians and theorists. The course explores the effort to reconcile liberty and equality, individualism and community, liberalism and republicanism, politics and religion, among other themes. The course highlights the contemporary relevance of the enduring tensions between political principles and practice.

Seminar in Political Philosophy

POL 396A - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

An examination of selected questions and problems in political philosophy and/or political theory. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2017, POL 396A-01: Seminar in Political Philosophy: Gandhi and His Critics (3). Prerequisite: POL 111. Who was Mahatma Gandhi, and how should we think of him as a political activist and thinker? Interestingly, Gandhi continues to be one of the most admired and influential, yet polarizing, figures in modern political theory. His ideas and activism have motivated an intense, sympathetic following as well as ardent critics on topics such as colonialism, political leadership, caste politics, and gender relations. In this course, we carefully examine Gandhi's influences, political activity and writings, and some of the most significant criticisms of his ideas in pre- and post-independence India. We also explore how Gandhian ideas have been used in creative ways to address pressing contemporary issues. Examining Gandhi through the medium of literature, scholarship, and film, we unpack the tremendous complexity of Gandhian political thought, its impact, and how we should view Gandhi in the 21st century. (SS2) Gray.

Directed Individual Study

POL 403 - Cantey, Joseph M., Jr. (Seth)

This course permits a student to follow a program of directed reading, library research, or data collection and analysis in some area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Study

POL 403 - Rush, Mark E.

This course permits a student to follow a program of directed reading, library research, or data collection and analysis in some area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Study

POL 403 - Jasiewicz, Krzysztof

This course permits a student to follow a program of directed reading, library research, or data collection and analysis in some area not covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

POL 493 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

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Honors Thesis

POL 493 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

Honors Thesis.

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POL 493 - Morel, Lucas E.

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Fall 2016

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

American National Government

POL 100 - Bragaw, Stephen G.

A study of the constitutional origins and historical development of the national government with special attention to Congress, the presidency, the judiciary, and the role of political parties, interest groups, and the media in the policy process.

Introduction to Global Politics

POL 105 - Dickovick, James T. (Tyler)

A survey of the comparative study of national and international politics and the interaction between the two. Topics may include power relations among and within states, changes in the conduct of international affairs and conflict resolution, contrasting ideas about democracy, economic development, justice, globalization, terrorism, causes and alternatives to war, social movements and the role of the nation-state.

Introduction to Global Politics

POL 105 - O'Dell, Wesley B. (Wes)

A survey of the comparative study of national and international politics and the interaction between the two. Topics may include power relations among and within states, changes in the conduct of international affairs and conflict resolution, contrasting ideas about democracy, economic development, justice, globalization, terrorism, causes and alternatives to war, social movements and the role of the nation-state.

Introduction to Global Politics

POL 105 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

A survey of the comparative study of national and international politics and the interaction between the two. Topics may include power relations among and within states, changes in the conduct of international affairs and conflict resolution, contrasting ideas about democracy, economic development, justice, globalization, terrorism, causes and alternatives to war, social movements and the role of the nation-state.

Introduction to Political Philosophy

POL 111 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

An introduction to some of the perennial themes of politics, such as the relationship between human nature and political institutions, individual freedom and community, private conscience and civic virtue, the claims of reason and faith, the nature of law, obligation, and rights, among others. Our inquiry is guided by selections from influential works in the history of political thought, ancient, modern and contemporary, as well as plays, dialogues, comedies, tragedies, novels, and films. Consult with instructor for specific reading assignments and course requirements.

Introduction to Political Philosophy

POL 111 - Morel, Lucas E.

An introduction to some of the perennial themes of politics, such as the relationship between human nature and political institutions, individual freedom and community, private conscience and civic virtue, the claims of reason and faith, the nature of law, obligation, and rights, among others. Our inquiry is guided by selections from influential works in the history of political thought, ancient, modern and contemporary, as well as plays, dialogues, comedies, tragedies, novels, and films. Consult with instructor for specific reading assignments and course requirements.

State and Local Government

POL 203 - Finch, Kevin D.

An introduction to the structures and functions of United States subnational governments, with particular emphasis on the policy-making process and on the relationships between policy makers and the public. Computer-assisted analysis of survey-research data is included.

European Politics and Society

POL 245 - Jasiewicz, Krzysztof

A comparative analysis of European political systems and social institutions. The course covers the established democracies of western and northern Europe, the new democracies of southern and east-central Europe, and the post-Communist regimes in eastern and southeastern Europe. Mechanisms of European integration are also discussed with attention focused on institutions such as European Union, NATO, OSCE, and Council of Europe.

Latin American Politics

POL 247 - Dickovick, James T. (Tyler)

This course focuses on Latin American politics during the 20th and 21st centuries. Major topics include: democracy and authoritarianism; representation and power; populism, corporatism, socialism, and communism; and questions of poverty, inequality, and economic growth. The course places particular emphasis on the Cuban and Mexican Revolutions, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Peru. In addition, the course examines political and economic relations between the United States and Latin America.

Black American Politics

POL 250 - Morel, Lucas E.

A study of important black figures in American political thought. The course focuses on the intellectual history of black Americans but also considers contemporary social science and public policies dealing with race in America.

Modern Political Philosophy

POL 266 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

An examination of some of the central questions and concerns of modern political philosophy. The course is not restricted to a historical period but extends to modern themes within contemporary culture. A mixture of plays, novels, epics, dialogues, treatises, and films are used. Authors, texts, and themes vary from year to year.

Special Topics in American Government: Washington and the Arts of Leadership

POL 291 - Fuchs, Ronald / Morel, Lucas E.

A seminar in political science for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic, hour, and instructor are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016: POL 291-01: Special Topics in American Government: Washington and the Arts of Leadership (1). This course examines how George Washington used architecture, portraiture, clothing, and furnishings to fashion his image as a leader. Through a hands-on study of objects, such as Charles Wilson Peale's portrait of Washington in his French and Indian War uniform, the architecture of Mount Vernon, and his Chinese export porcelain dinner service with the insignia of the Society of the Cincinnati, students learn how he used objects to create an image of power and authority in a democratic society. Readings explore the public and private life of George Washington to learn how his character, principles, and politics, linked with the art of visual display, shaped the American republic. Course includes a $100 student fee to cover a 2-day trip to Washington D.C. and Mt. Veronon during Fall Reading Days. Fuchs, Morel.

Special Topics in American Politics

POL 295A - Strong, Robert A. (Bob)

A seminar in political science for students at the introductory or intermediate level. Topic, hour, and instructor are announced prior to registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016, POL 295A-01: Special Topics in American Government: 2016 Elections (3). Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. This course follows the major events in the 2016 U.S. presidential election while providing context and content for critical analysis of the current election cycle.  Topics include: the history of presidential selection in the American political regime, the origins and evolution of the primary/caucus nomination system, the role of media in presidential politics, the lessons learned from the presidential election of 2012, the contested issues in 2016 and the future of presidential politics following the unusual events that have occurred in the current presidential selection process.  In addition to exams, a series of short paper are assigned throughout the term. Strong.

Seminar in American Political Thought

POL 370 - Bragaw, Stephen G.

An examination of classic themes and current issues in American political thought. Depending on the instructor, emphases may include the Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Alexis de Tocqueville, Abraham Lincoln, and voices from the Progressive and civil rights eras. Course readings stress primary sources including speeches, essays, and books by politicians and theorists. The course explores the effort to reconcile liberty and equality, individualism and community, liberalism and republicanism, politics and religion, among other themes. The course highlights the contemporary relevance of the enduring tensions between political principles and practice.

Global Politics Seminar

POL 380A - Rush, Mark E. / Hu, Margaret

Examination of selected topics dealing with international and comparative politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016, POL 380A-01: Global Issues in Big Data, Cybersurveillance, and Privacy Law (3). Co-taught as LAW 335 (2). Prerequisite: At least three credits at the 200-level in politics or instructor consent. Open to majors and non-majors. Meets the global politics field requirement in the politics major. On Mondays, the course meets on the undergraduate campus, 2:30-4:00 pm; on Wednesdays, it will meet in Sydney Lewis Hall, 2:30-4:30 pm. Taught as a joint offering between the Politics Department and the Law School, we address the legal, ethical, and political implications of the impact of technology on privacy around the world. This course entails a study of the development of privacy law in North America and the European Union, analysis of the threats posed by technological growth to individual privacy rights, and the benefits such development brings in areas such as equality rights, medicine, and criminal law. Undergraduates will undertake research projects on a topic of their choice and present their findings and their seminar papers to the class. (SS2) Rush, Hu.

Global Politics Seminar

POL 380C - O'Dell, Wesley B. (Wes)

Examination of selected topics dealing with international and comparative politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016, POL 380C-01: Terror, Sovereignty, and Reprisal (3) . Prerequisite: POL 105 or instructor consent. Open to majors and non-majors. Meets the 300-level seminar requirement for the politics major. How do sovereign states respond to violent challenges from non-state actors? This course explores how stateless threats such as pirates, political assassins, and terrorists are understood in international theory and shape international practice. Case studies include maritime piracy in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean, the assassinations preceding the July Crisis of 1914, and the terrorist attacks that led to the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. By analyzing the sources and consequences of these events, students learn to think comparatively and conceptually about how states have understood and confronted violent, non-state threats to their legitimacy and existence. Students apply their insights to individual research projects exploring the theoretical, empirical, and ethical implications of a contemporary incident of non-state violence in global politics. (SS2) O'Dell.

Seminar in American Government

POL 397 - Strong, Robert A. (Bob)

Examination of selected topics in American political institutions, ideas, and processes. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2016, POL 397-01: Seminar: 2016 Elections (3). Prerequisite: POL 100. This seminar follows the major events in the 2016 U.S. presidential election while providing context and content for critical analysis of the current election cycle.  Topics include: the history of presidential selection in the American political regime, the origins and evolution of the primary/caucus nomination system, the role of media in presidential politics, the lessons learned from the presidential election of 2012, the contested issues in 2016, and the future of presidential politics following the unusual events that have occurred in the current presidential selection process.  A major research paper is required. Strong.

Internship

POL 456 - Strong, Robert A. (Bob)

Supervised off-campus experience in a governmental agency or political institution. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

POL 493 - Morel, Lucas E.

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

POL 493 - Gray, Stuart J., Jr. (Stu)

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

POL 493 - LeBlanc, Robin M.

Honors Thesis.