Fall 2010 Courses

018. NGOs in Politics
Laura Henry M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are thought to play a crucial role in politics— monitoring the state, facilitating citizen participation in politics, and articulating policy alternatives. Yet the activities of NGOs vary signifi cantly from one political system to another, most notably differing among developing and developed states and democratic and authoritarian states. In addition, NGOs’ role in the political process is being transformed by globalization and the increasingly transnational nature of political activism, which allows NGOs to import ideas and tactics from other political systems and to appeal to international actors for support when their own domestic political environment is unreceptive. Explores the following questions: How do factors such as a state’s level of economic development, its political culture, the nature of the political regime, and the arrangement of its political institutions shape NGOs’ role and infl uence in the political process? When and where have NGOs been successful in infl uencing political developments? How do the growing transnational linkages among NGOs affect their role in domestic politics?
120. Introduction to Comparative Government
Ericka Albaugh T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
Provides a broad introduction to key concepts in comparative politics. Most generally, asks why states are governed differently, both historically and in contemporary politics. Begins by examining foundational texts, including works by Marx, Smith, and Weber. Surveys subfi elds within comparative politics (the state, regime types, nations and nationalism, party systems, development, and civil society) to familiarize students with major debates and questions.
150. Introduction to American Government
Michael Franz M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
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.
201. Law and Society
Richard Morgan T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Hubbard-Conference Room West
An examination of the American criminal justice system. Although primary focus is on the constitutional requirements bearing on criminal justice, attention is paid to confl icting strategies on crime control, to police and prison reform, and to the philosophical underpinnings of the criminal law.
202. The American Presidency
Janet Martin M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
An examination of the presidency in the American political system, including the “road to the White House” (party nomination process and role of the electoral college), advisory systems, the institutional presidency, relations with Congress and the courts, and decisionmaking in the White House. Drawing upon the instructor’s own research and a growing body of literature in this area, the role of women as advisors within the White House and Executive branch, and infl uence of outside groups on the White House’s consideration of “women’s issues,” especially since 1960, are also topics of discussion.
206. Public Policy in the United States
Jeffrey Selinger T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
How is public policy in the United States shaped by the political process? How does public policy and state-building defi ne the contours of American politics? Examines the qualitative differences between redistributive, regulatory, and “patronage” policy, and evaluates the impact of public policy on American political development. Readings explore in some detail a number of key policy areas including healthcare, immigration reform, and homeland security.
207. Building Healthy Communities
DeWitt John T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
Examines efforts by communities and regions to build strong local economies, safeguard important environmental values, protect public health, and address issues of economic and social justice. In many communities, metropolitan areas, and rural regions, state and local government officials work with other leaders to set ambitious goals for economic and environmental sustainability and to develop specific plans for sustainable development. These efforts cross political, institutional, and sectoral barriers, thus challenging and sometimes reshaping state and local politics as well as American federalism. Examines how local leaders can work in complex settings to set goals and mobilize federal, private, and non-profit resources to achieve specific, cross-cutting objectives.
211. Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties
Richard Morgan T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines questions arising under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
221. Division and Consensus: The Government and Politics of Ireland.
Shelley Deane M  8:00 - 9:25
W  8:00 - 9:25
Familiarizes students with the contemporary politics and political history of the two jurisdictions on the Island of Ireland. Provides an understanding of the political institutions in Ireland north and south; studies constitutional and public policy issues such as church and state, while offering the means to critically assess the relevance of social science theories of nationalism, religion, and conflict resolution to the Ireland case.
225. The Politics of the European Union
Laura Henry M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Kanbar Hall-107
Explores the historical foundations, scope, and consequences of European political and economic integration since 1951. Examines how the European Union’s supranational political institutions, law, and policies developed and how they affect the domestic politics of member states. Considers challenges faced by the European Union: enlargement to include Eastern European members, the loss of national sovereignty and the “democratic deficit,” the creation of a European identity, and the development of a constitution and a coordinated foreign policy.
233. Advanced Comparative Politics: Government, War, and Society
Christian Potholm M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Hubbard-Conference Room West
An examination of the forces and processes by which governments and societies approach and wage or avoid wars. The theories and practices of warfare of various political systems will be analyzed and particular attention will be paid to the interface where politics, society,and the military come together under governmental auspices in various comparative contexts. Specific examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America are examined.
241. Modern Political Philosophy
Paul Franco M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
A survey of modern political philosophy from Machiavelli to Mill. Examines the overthrow,the classical horizon, the movement of human will and freedom to the center of political thought, the idea of the social contract, the origin and meaning of rights, the relationship between freedom and equality, the role of democracy, and the replacement of nature by history as the source of human meaning. Authors may include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and Mill.
245. Contemporary Political Philosophy
Paul Franco M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
CT-16 Whiteside Room
A survey of political philosophy in Europe and the United States since 1945. Examines a broad array of topics, including the revival of political philosophy, relativism, rationalism, contemporary liberal theory, communitarianism, conservatism, multiculturalism, feminism, and postmodernism. Authors may include Strauss, Arendt, Oakeshott, Berlin, Hayek, Rawls, Sandel, Taylor, Walzer, Okin, Habermas, and Foucault.
250. American Political Thought
Jean Yarbrough T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
Examines the political thought of American statesmen and writers from the founding to the twentieth century, with special emphasis on three pivotal moments: the Founding, the Crisis of the House Divided, and the growth of the modern welfare state. Readings include the Federalist Papers, the Anti-federalists, Jefferson and Hamilton, Calhoun, Lincoln, William Graham Sumner, the Progressives, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and contemporary thinkers on both the right and the left.
255. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
Michael Franz M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Examines the use of quantitative methods to study political phenomena. Discusses the nature of empirical thinking and how principles used for years by natural scientists, such as causation and control, have been adopted by social scientists. Introduces what these methods are and how they might be useful in political research, and applies these methods, with particular emphasis on the use of survey data. Using quantitative methods, employs statistical computing software as a research tool, with a focus on effective presentation of data and results. This course might be useful to those who are considering a senior honors project.
264. Energy, Climate, and Air Quality
DeWitt John M  8:30 - 9:55
W  8:30 - 9:55
Examines how the federal government in the United States, as well as states, communities, businesses, and nonprofi ts, can address climate change and energy issues. Compares American policies and politics with efforts in other countries and examines the links between American policies and efforts in other nations.
265. International Political Economy
Henry Laurence M  8:30 - 9:25
W  8:30 - 9:25
F  8:30 - 9:25
Examines the politics underlying international economic relationships. Asks why and how it is that countries are sometimes able and sometimes unable to realize the benefits of trade. Looks at the political consequences of international trade and global finance at both the national and international level. Examines conflicts and cooperation in international economic relations and the effects of globalization on social structures, on inequality, and on national sovereignty. No previous experience in economics needed.
270. United States Foreign Policy
Allen Springer T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
Kanbar Hall-107
Examines the development and conduct of United States foreign policy. Analyzes the impact of intragovernmental rivalries, the media, public opinion, and interest groups on the policy-making process, and provides case studies of contemporary foreign policy issues.
304. Advanced Seminar in American Politics: Presidential-Congressional Relations
Janet Martin T  1:00 - 3:55 Hubbard-22
Examines presidential-congressional relations through a number of perspectives, including use of historical, quantitative, and institutional analyses. Readings consider the relationship between the executive branch and Congress in both the domestic arena (including regulatory and budgetary policy) and in the area of foreign and defense policy.
325. State-Building in Comparative Perspective
Ericka Albaugh T  1:00 - 2:25
TH 1:00 - 2:25
States form the foundation of modern politics. Comparative government explores their variation; international relations examine their interaction. States can be instruments of oppression or engines of progress, and recent scholarship has focused on their strength, weakness, and failure. This capstone course explores the processes that produced the early modern state in Europe, then looks at more recent attempts to replicate state development in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The role of war in state formation and the subject of citizenship receives particular attention.
330. Ending Civil Wars
Shelley Deane M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
Mass-Faculty Room
Considers the means and mechanisms adopted to end civil wars. Examines the nature of post-conflict transformation and negotiated settlements. As wars end, peace settlements are varied and complex, often negotiated and agreed, sometimes imposed. Considers associated issues of insecurity, the nature of the settlement reached, the problems of implementation, and third party intervention, along with the dilemmas associated with peacekeeping and enforcement. The transition from war to settlement implementation is considered theoretically and empirically. Historical and contemporary civil wars selected from every continent illuminate the theoretical imperatives associated with implementing peace agreements.
332. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics
Henry Laurence M  10:00 - 11:25
W  10:00 - 11:25
Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best healthcare and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing.
341. Advanced Seminar in Political Theory: Tocqueville
Jean Yarbrough T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Chase Barn Chamber
More than 150 years after its publication, Democracy in America remains the most powerful sympathetic critique of modern liberal democracy ever written. Careful reading of the text and selected secondary sources leads to examination of Tocqueville’s analysis of the defects to which the democratic passion for equality gives rise and consideration of possible solutions that, in contrast to the Marxist and Nietzschean critiques, aim at preserving the liberal democratic way of life.
361. Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Conflict Simulation and Conflict Resolution
Christian Potholm M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
CT-16 Harrison McCann
An upper-level interdisciplinary seminar on the nature of both international and national conflict. A variety of contexts and influence vectors are examined and students are encouraged to look at the ways conflicts can be solved short of actual warfare, as well as by it.
363. Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Law, Politics, and the Search for Justice
Allen Springer T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
Examines the complex relationship between law and policy in international relations by focusing on two important and rapidly developing areas of international concern: environmental protection and humanitarian rights. Fulfi lls the environmental studies senior seminar requirement.