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Political Science

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First Session, 2020

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)

MAYMESTER.  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 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)

MAYMESTER. Survey designed to introduce students to major political thinkers and ideas of the ancient world and of the medieval period. The Maymester version of Poli 270 is a seminar-style class focused on an in-depth study of Plato’s Republic. Is it a design for an ideally just city, or is it showing that an ideally just city is impossible? Is it a utopian tract or a caution against utopian thinking? Reading the entire work requires us to wrestle with the clash of political goods:  is the need for good decision-making at odds with the ideal of equality? Does the need to persuade the people make it unlikely that truth will prevail in a democracy? How and why does education matter for justice? What’s the relationship between statecraft and soulcraft? As we engage these questions, we will also develop our understanding of interpretive rigor. What counts as evidence for a persuasive interpretation of a complex text?  What effect does the dialogue form, or historical context, have on the content of the work and on our interpretation of it? Underlying all this are the fundamental questions: what constitutes a flourishing human life, and how do we know?

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

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 432 Tolerance in Liberal States (3)

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.

POLI 469H Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia (PWAD 469) (3)

MAYMESTER. Focuses on ethnic and political conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and efforts by the international community to end conflict and promote peace and reconstruction.

Second Session, 2020

POLI 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

This course highlights the comparative method by seeking to understand difficulties among diverse states on several continents.

POLI 208 Political Parties and Elections (3)

An analysis of the dynamics of party alignment and realignment and of nomination and election to public office in American national government.

POLI 252 International Organizations and Global Issues (PWAD 252) (3)

Examines international organizations and their relationships with and impact upon international politics, international law, and selected global issues.

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

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 281 Quantitative Research in Political Science (3)

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.

POLI 411 Civil Liberties under the Constitution (3)

An analysis of the complex political problems created by the expansion of protection for individual liberties in the United States. Emphasis will be on contemporary problems with some supplemental historical background.