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Fall 2005 Courses

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101. Citizenship and Representation in American Politics
Michael Franz M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 CT-16 Harrison McCann
This course examines the issues of citizenship and representation in American politics by investigating a number of diverse and contemporary political debates. By discussing such controversies as (comparatively low) rates of voter turnout, implementation of campaign finance reform, responses to terrorism, and debates over economic policies (such as taxes), we first consider how citizens can or should participate in American politics. For example, is a non-voter (or an ill informed voter) irresponsible? Is money in elections equivalent to speech? Is racial profiling to prevent terrorism legitimate? Are tax cuts or personal social security accounts empowering? At the same time, we also evaluate how the American political system reacts to citizen input. Who do politicians represent when elected with low turnout? Does money in elections lead to access or corruption? What do we sacrifice or gain when we trade civil liberties for security? Is the government responsible for poverty? The goal of the course is to use these and other political debates to identify links between citizen inputs and governmental outputs, and to help students evaluate the implications of different linkages.
104. Political Theory and Utopia
Dennis Rasmussen M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 CT-16 Whiteside Room
Through an examination of some classic utopian and dystopian texts, this course explores some of the fundamental political and human questions: What is justice? What is freedom? What is happiness? What constitutes a good society? What constitutes a good life? Readings may include the Bible, Plato, Rousseau, More, Shakespeare, Swift, Orwell, and Huxley.
108. Human Being and Citizen
Paul Franco M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 CT-16 Whiteside Room
An introduction to the fundamental issues of political philosophy: human nature; the relationship between individual and political community; the nature of justice; the place of virtue; the idea of freedom; and the role of history. Readings will span both ancient and modern philosophical literature. Authors include: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Hegel, Mill, and Nietzsche.
111. The Korean War
Christian Potholm T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Sills-205
The Korean War is often called �the forgotten war� because it is overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam war, yet many important aspects and results of it are mirrored in the contemporary world. Korea is still divided and its situation as a buffer state in between China, Russia, and Japan continues to have important policy ramifications for the United States. The course focuses not just on the course of the war, but on the foreign policy assumptions of the two Korean governments, the United States, the People�s Republic of China, and Russia.
114. Democracy and Democratization
Laura Henry M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-209
Examines the wave of democratization that swept through Southern Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe in the late 20th century and looks at recent efforts to promote democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Questions include: What is the meaning of democracy? What factors facilitate or constrain a transition from authoritarianism to democracy? What is the relationship between democratization and economic reform? Are there limits to democratization and are we seeing the return of authoritarianism in many states? Is the lens of "democratization" the most effective way to study political transformation?
160. Introduction to International Relations
Gerald DiGiusto M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Searles-217
Provides a broad introduction to the study of international relations. Designed to strike a balance between empirical and historical knowledge on the one hand, and theoretical understanding on the other. Designed as an introductory course to familiarize students with no prior background in the subject, and recommended for first and second year students intending to take upper-level international relations courses.
203. American Political Parties
Richard Skinner T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Cleaveland-151
Throughout American political history, parties have been among the most adept institutions at organizing political conflict and, more generally, American political life. In this vein, the role of political parties in the evolution of American politics is discussed. Special attention is given to the present political context, which many characterize as an era with weak to nonexistent parties. Explores and challenges this conventional wisdom.
204. Congress and the Policy Process
Richard Skinner T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Adams-208
An examination of the United States Congress, with a focus on members, leaders, constituent relations, the congressional role in the policy-making process, congressional procedures and their impact on policy outcomes, and executive-congressional relations.
209. Introduction to Political Behavior
Michael Franz M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25 Kanbar Hall - 107
Examines the political behavior of ordinary citizens. Begins with a broad focus on the importance of citizen participation in a democracy,and the debate over how much or how little participation is best. Examines the reasons for citizen (non)participation, and focuses on the effects of campaigns and social capital on different forms of participation.
210. Constitutional Law I
Richard Morgan T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Sills-117
Examines the development of American constitutionalism, the power of judicial review, federalism, and separation of powers.
214. Environmental Policy and Politics
Anne Hayden M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-215
Examines alternative ways to protect our environment. Analyzes environmental policies and the regulatory regime that has developed in the United States, as well as new approaches such as free-market environmentalism, civic environmentalism, environmental justice, sustainable development, and environmental policies and politics in other countries. Includes intensive study of specific local and global issues such as air and water pollution, land conservation, or the reduction and management of wastes.
216. Maine Politics
Christian Potholm T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-109
An analysis of politics in the state of Maine since World War II. Subjects covered include the dynamics of Republican and Democratic rivalries and the efficacy of the Independent voter, the rise of the Green and Reform parties, the growing importance of ballot measure initiatives, and the interaction of ethnicity and politics in the Pine Tree state. An analysis of key precincts and Maine voting paradigms is included, as well as a look at the efficacy of such phenomena as the north/south geographic split, the environmental movement, and the impact of such interest groups as SAM and the Roman Catholic Church. Students are expected to follow contemporary political events on a regular basis.
219. Education and Law
George Isaacson T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-107
A study of the impact of the American legal system on the functioning of schools in the United States through an examination of Supreme Court decisions and federal legislation. This course analyzes the public policy considerations that underlie court decisions in the field of education and considers how those judicial interests may differ from the concerns of school boards, administrators, and teachers. Issues to be discussed include constitutional and statutory developments affecting schools in such areas as free speech, sex discrimination, religious objections to compulsory education, race relations, teachers� rights, school financing, and education of the handicapped.
226. Middle East Politics
Shelley Deane T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Searles-223
Provides an introduction to the politics of the Middle East region. Begins with a brief overview of the history of the region, focusing on the period since the end of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Proceeds to examine a number of topics of importance in the contemporary politics of the region. Some of the major topics addressed are colonialism and its legacy; nationalism; religion and politics; authoritarianism, democratization, and civil society; politics of women and gender; ethnicity and sectarianism; regional security and the role of outside powers. Presupposes no previous knowledge of the region.
227. Chinese Politics
Lance Guo M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Kanbar Hall - 107
Examines Chinese politics in the context of a prolonged revolution. After a survey of the political system as established in the 1950s and patterns of politics emerging from it, the analytic focus turns to political change in the reform era (since 1979) and the forces driving it. Topics include the political impact of decentralization and marketization, the reintegration into the capitalist world economy, and the development of the legal system. The adaptation by the Communist Party to these changes and the prospects of democratization are also examined.
230. Post-Communist Russian Politics and Society
Laura Henry M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Searles-215
Explores the most dramatic political event of the twentieth century: the collapse of Soviet communism and its political aftermath. Begins by examining the Soviet system and the political and social upheaval of the late Soviet period. Proceeds to investigate the challenges of contemporary Russian politics, including the halting process of democratization, the difficulties of economic liberalization, looming demographic and environmental crises, the loss of superpower status, and the search for national identity. Comparisons are made with other countries in the post-communist region.
232. Japanese Politics and Society
Henry Laurence M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Hubbard-Conference Room West
Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media.
240. Classical Political Philosophy
Paul Franco M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-109
A survey of classical political philosophy focusing on four major works: Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics, and St. Augustine's City of God. The course examines ancient Greek and early Christian reflection on human nature, justice, the best regime, the relationship of the individual to the political community, the relationship of philosophy to politics, democracy, education, religion, and international relations.
244. Liberalism and Its Critics
Dennis Rasmussen M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Hubbard-Conference Room West
An examination of liberal democratic doctrine and of religious, cultural, and radical criticisms of it in the nineteenth century. Authors include Burke, Tocqueville, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche.
267. International Relations in East Asia
Lance Guo M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25 Hubbard-Conference Room West
Examines international relations in East Asia (including both Northeast and Southeast Asia) from a regional perspective while considering the impact of outside states on power relations and patterns of interaction in the region. Topics include cultural and historical legacies, nationalism and politics of economic development; flash points in the region such as Korea, Taiwan, the South China Sea and the associated foreign policy issues; broad trends and recent developments in the areas of trade, investment, and regional integration.
268. Bridging Divisions: Ethnonational Conflict Regulation
Shelley Deane T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Searles-223
Aims to consider the devices used for the regulation of national and ethnic conflicts. Seeks to provide students with an understanding of the tools available to states and policy makers to regulate conflict through an examination of divided territories and societies such as Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, and Rwanda. Considers the definitional and theoretical controversies associated with the conflict regulation and resolution literature.
270. American Foreign Policy: Its Formulation and the Forces Determining Its Direction
Gerald DiGiusto M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Mass-Faculty Room
Examines the history and conduct of American foreign policy. Analyzes the impact of intragovernmental rivalries, the press, public opinion, and interest groups on the policy-making process, and provides case studies of substantive foreign policy issues.
303. The Law and Politics of Freedom of Speech
Richard Morgan T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Hubbard-22
While focusing primarily on American material, students have the option of choosing speech controversies in other polities as the subject of their seminar papers.
337. Advanced Seminar in Democracy and Development in Asia
Henry Laurence T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-116
Examines development from a variety of political, economic, moral and cultural perspectives. Is democracy a luxury that poor countries can't afford? Are authoritarian governments better at promoting economic growth than democracies? Does prosperity lead to democratization? Are democratic values and human rights universal, or culturally specific? Emphasis on Japan, China, India and the Koreas.

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