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Political Science

Hamilton Hall, CB# 3265
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First Session, 2022

POLI 100 American Democracy in Changing Times (3)

MAYMESTER. Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties? Why do votes hate, yet respond to negative campaigning? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how American democracy works.

POLI 150 International Relations and Global Politics (PWAD 150) (3) ****Canceled****

An introduction to the study of political and economic relations in the international system. Topics covered include international conflict, trade, global finance, international institutions, civil war, and human rights.

POLI 272 The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense (PHIL 272) (PWAD 272) (3)

ONLINE. An analysis of ethical issues that arise in peace, war, and defense, e.g., the legitimacy of states, just war theory, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.

POLI 287 Strategy and International Relations (3)

MAYMESTER. Introduction to the study of strategic decision making in international relations, with an emphasis on the application of basic game theoretic models. Incorporates in-class simulations of international relations scenarios.

POLI 288 Strategy and Politics (3) ****Canceled****

MAYMESTER. Offers an introduction to positive political theory, the application of rational choice analysis (or economic models) to the study of political phenomena. Topics include social choice theory, legislative voting, problems of cooperation and collective action, and public choice theory. Encourages students to think about politics from a critical vantage point.

POLI 432 Tolerance in Liberal States (3) ****Canceled****

MAYMESTER This course will compare the theory and practice of tolerance in the United States and Europe, with particular attention to Great Britain and France.

Second Session, 2022

POLI 100 American Democracy in Changing Times (3)

Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties? Why do votes hate, yet respond to negative campaigning? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how American democracy works.

POLI 150 International Relations and Global Politics (PWAD 150) (3)

An introduction to the study of political and economic relations in the international system. Topics covered include international conflict, trade, global finance, international institutions, civil war, and human rights.

POLI 200 The President, Congress, and Public Policy (3)

An analysis of the roles and influence of the president, the Congress, and other participants in the making of national policy.

POLI 209 Analyzing Public Opinion (3)

A study of forces affecting public opinion and its expression in various political activities. Extensive use of laptop computers in class.

POLI 215 Political Psychology (3)

Findings of the behavioral sciences are examined as they relate to politics. Includes such issues as human nature, community, political socialization, alienation, mass movements, belief systems, and personality.

POLI 270 Classical Political Thought (3)

Survey designed to introduce students to major political thinkers and ideas of the ancient world and of the medieval period.

POLI 271 Modern Political Thought (3)

Survey course designed to introduce students to major political thinkers and schools of thought dating roughly from the 16th century to the present.

POLI 281 Quantitative Research in Political Science (3) ****Canceled****

An introduction to 1) conceptual foundations of scientific study of politics, 2) research design, 3) descriptive statistics, and 4) inferential statistics. To accomplish these goals, the course employs class lectures, readings, and problem set assignments.