Fall 2009 Courses

010. The Pursuit of Peace
Allen Springer T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Hubbard-22
Examines different strategies for preventing and controlling armed conflict in international society, and emphasizes the role of diplomacy, international law, and international organizations in the peace-making process.
019. East Asian Politics: Introductory Seminar
Henry Laurence T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Banister-106
Surveys the diverse political, social, and economic arrangements across East Asia. China, Japan, and North and South Korea are the main focus, but attention is also paid to the other countries in the region. Examines the relationship between democracy and economic change in East Asia, and asks if the relationship is different in Asia than elsewhere in the world. Other questions include: Are there common “Asian values” and if so, what are they? What is the role of Confucianism in shaping social, political, and economic life in the region? How are economic and technological developments affecting traditional social institutions such as families? How is the status of women changing? What lies ahead for Asia?
025. American Politics: Representation, Participation, and Power
Janet Martin M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Hubbard-22
An introductory seminar in American national politics. Readings, papers, and discussion explore the changing nature of power and participation in the American polity, with a focus on the interaction between individuals (non-voters, voters, party leaders, members of Congress, the President) and political institutions (parties, Congress, the executive branch, the judiciary). Not open to students who have credit for or are concurrenlty taking Government 150.
026. Fundamental Questions: Exercises in Political Theory
Jean Yarbrough T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Chase Barn Chamber
Explores the fundamental questions in political life: What is justice? What is happiness? Are human beings equal or unequal by nature? Do they even have a nature, or are they “socially constructed”? Are there ethical standards for political action that exist prior to law and, if so, where do they come from? Nature? God? History? Readings may include Plato, the Bible, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche.
028. 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 span both ancient and modern philosophical literature. Authors may include Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, the American Founders, Tocquevillel, Mill, and Nietzsche.
150. Introduction to American Government
Jeffrey Selinger M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25 Searles-315
Provides a comprehensive overview of the American political process. Specifically, traces the foundations of American government (the Constitution, federalism, civil rights, and civil liberties), its political institutions (Congress, Presidency, courts, and bureaucracy), and its electoral processes (elections, voting, and political parties). Also examines other influences, such as public opinion and the mass media, which fall outside the traditional institutional boundaries, but have an increasingly large effect on political outcomes.
160. Introduction to International Relations
Shelley Deane M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25 Druckenmiller-020
Provides a broad introduction to the study of international relations. Designed to strike a balance between empirical and historical knowledge and the necessary theoretical understanding and schools of thought in IR. 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.
204. Congress and the Policy Process
Janet Martin M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Hubbard-22
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 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Adams-208
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.
219. Education and Law
George Isaacson T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Sills-109
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. 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.
220. The Politics of Development: Poverty, Prosperity, and Political Change
Ericka Albaugh T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Hubbard-Conference Room West
Examines the meaning of development from economic and political perspectives. Considers various theories and practices of development that have been applied to newly independent states in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Investigates why trajectories of economic growth and political stability have been so uneven in different regions of the world. Incorporates views from both external and internal actors on issues such as foreign aid, multilateral institutions, good governance, and democratic participation.
222. Politics and Societies in Africa
Ericka Albaugh T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Adams-406
Surveys societies and politics in sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to understand the sources of current conditions and the prospects for political stability and economic growth. Looks briefly at pre-colonial society and colonial influence on state-construction in Africa, and concentrates on three broad phases in Africa’s contemporary political development: (1) independence and consolidation of authoritarian rule; (2) economic decline and challenges to authoritarianism; (3) democratization and civil conflict. Presumes no prior knowledge of the region.
224. West European Politics
Laura Henry M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Searles-215
Analyzes the dynamics of West European political systems, including the varieties of parliamentary and electoral systems and the formation of governments and lawmaking. Addresses contemporary political challenges in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and other states, considering topics such as institutional reform, welfare state policies, economic growth and unemployment, immigration, relations with the United States, and other foreign policy concerns. The European Union is not examined, as it is a separate course, Government 225: The Politics of the European Union.
226. Middle East Politics
Shelley Deane M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-Smith Auditorium
An introduction to the politics of the Middle East region. Begins with a 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; ethnicity and sectarianism; regional security and the role of outside powers. Presumes no previous knowledge of the region.
232. Japanese Politics and Society
Henry Laurence M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Adams-208
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
Jean Yarbrough T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Hubbard-Conference Room West
A survey of classical political philosophy focusing on Plato’s "Apology" and "Republic," Aristotle’s "Politics" and "Nicomachean Ethics," and St. Augustine’s "City of God." Examines ancient Greek and early Christian reflections on human nature, justice, the best regime, the relationship of the individual to the political community, the relationship of philosophy to politics, democracy, education, and religion.
244. Liberalism and Its Critics
Paul Franco M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 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.
260. International Law
Allen Springer T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Hubbard-Conference Room West
The modern state system, the role of law in its operation, the principles and practices that have developed, and the problems involved in their application.
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.
308. Money and Politics
Michael Franz M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 HL-311 (third floor)
Considers the historical and contemporary relationship between money and government. In what ways have moneyed interests always had distinctive influences on American politics? Does this threaten the vibrancy of our representative democracy? Are recent controversies over campaign finance reform and lobbying reform signs that American government is in trouble? Reading, writing, and discussion intensive, considers the large academic literature on this subject, as well as the reflections of journalists and political practitioners, with the overall goal of understanding the money/politics relationship in ways that facilitate the evaluation of American democracy.
324. Post-Communist Pathways
Laura Henry M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 Hubbard-22
Explores growing political, economic, and cultural diversity within the post-communist region after the enforced homogeneity of the communist era. Considers the essential features of communist regimes and asks why these systems collapsed, before examining more recent developments. What are the factors promoting growing variation in the region? Why have some post-communist states joined the European Union, while others appear mired in authoritarianism? Do the institutional and cultural legacies of communism influence contemporary politics? Twenty years after the collapse of communist regimes in East Central Europe and the Soviet Union, is “post-communism” still a useful concept for social scientists? Examines contemporary scholarship on the sources of change and continuity in the region and offers students the opportunity to undertake individual research projects.
395. Advanced Seminar in Environmental Policy and Politics
DeWitt John T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Adams-103
Examines a complex current environmental issue in depth. Explores the underlying social, economic, scientific, and cultural dimensions of the issue; reviews how this and related issues have been addressed so far by state and local governments as well as by the federal government; analyzes current policy-making efforts; and suggests lessons from this policy area about the capacity of public institutions to deal effectively with complex issues. Equal attention given to the substance of public policy, the political process, and implementation of past and proposed policies. Focuses primarily on the United States but will consider experiences in other nations as points of comparison and also any relevant international dimensions of the issue.