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Spring 2005 Courses

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102. Global Media and Politics
Henry Laurence T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the impact of media including the internet, newspapers and television, on politics and society in cross-national perspective. Asks how differences in the ownership and regulation of media affect how news is selected and presented, and looks at various forms of government censorship and commercial self-censorship. Also considers the role of the media and �pop culture� in creating national identities; perpetuating ethnic stereotypes; providing regime legitimation; and explores the impact of satellite TV and the internet on rural societies and authoritarian governments. Focuses especially on Asia, including analysis of: the impact of "Western" TV on rural communities in India; censorship in China and Singapore; and public broadcasting, mass-media and pop culture in Japan.
120. Introduction to Comparative Government
Laura Henry M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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 subfields 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
Richard Skinner T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.
160. Introduction to International Relations
Shelley Deane M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
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.
201. Law and Society
Richard Morgan T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
An examination of the American criminal justice system. Although primary focus is on the constitutional requirements bearing on criminal justice, attention is paid to conflicting 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 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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 decision-making in the White House.
208. Mass Media and American Politics
Michael Franz M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25
Examines the role of the media as the �fourth branch� of government. Focuses first on the history of the media throughout American political development, and then examines the role of the media in contemporary politics. Is the media biased? How? What are the effects of media coverage on citizens? What is the interplay of politicians, citizens, and journalists? Spends considerable time on the place of new media outlets such as blogs.
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.
217. Interest Groups
Richard Skinner T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
A survey of the many ways in which interest groups affect the American political system, including how they participate in congressional and presidential elections and how they lobby the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Also examines how interest groups form, why people join them, and how they stay in business.
228. Chinese Foreign Policy
Lance Guo M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
An analytic survey of the history and evolution of China�s foreign relations from the inception of the People�s Republic of China in 1949. Emphasis is on China�s evolving strategic thinking in the context of changing international and regional (the Asia-Pacific) power configuration since the Cold War. Topics include actors, institutions, and processes of foreign policy decision-making; national security and the military; foreign economic relations; Sino-US relations; the Taiwan issue; the South China Sea dispute; the resurgence of nationalism; �greater China�; and the linkages between domestic politics and foreign policy.
233. Advanced Comparative Politics: Government, War, and Society
Christian Potholm T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
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
Dennis Rasmussen T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
A survey of modern political philosophy from Machiavelli to Hegel. Examines the overthrow of 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 include Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel.
246. Religion and Politics
Paul Franco M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Examines the relationship between religion and politics � the so-called theological-political question � primarily in modern Europe and America. Focuses first on the tension between and eventual separation of church and state in the early modern period. Then considers the implications and complications of this historic separation, looking at recent Supreme Court cases, as well as contemporary discussion of the relationship between religion and politics. Comparisons with the treatment of this issue in the Islamic world are made throughout the course. Authors include Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Spinoza, Locke, Jefferson, Madison, Tocqueville, as well as a variety of contemporary and Islamic writers.
250. American Political Thought
Dennis Rasmussen T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines the political thought of American statesmen and writers from the founding to the twentieth century. Readings include the Federalist Papers, the writings of Thomas Jefferson, the Anti-federalists, Tocqueville, Thoreau, Calhoun, Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, William Graham Sumner, the Progressives, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and others.
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.
265. International Political Economy
Henry Laurence M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
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.
281. Governing the World: International Organizations in World Politics
Gerald DiGiusto T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
The role and importance of international institutions are controversial topics in both the theory and practice of world politics. With the proliferation of such institutions since the end of the Cold War, the debate over their effectiveness in structuring international relations has become particularly contentious. Addresses this debate, exploring the historical and contemporary creation of international institutions, the various forms such organizations take, the functions they serve, their efficacy in shaping international politics, their evolving structure and importance over time, and the normative implications of their apparently increasing role. Much of the course is devoted to an investigation of specific international organizations, such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and the International Criminal Court, as well as lesser known but nonetheless influential institutions.
304. Advanced Seminar in American Politics: Presidential-Congressional Relations
Janet Martin T 9:30 - 12:25
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.
321. Social Protest and Political Change
Laura Henry M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Analyzes the role of social protest in generating political change on issues such as civil rights, environmentalism, women�s rights, indigenous rights, and globalization. Begins by considering different theoretical approaches to understanding the emergence and effectiveness of social movements and non-governmental organizations. Then engages in comparative analysis of social protest in Europe, the United States, Latin America, and elsewhere, paying particular attention to the advantages and risks of the increasingly transnational nature of social activism.
330. Ending Civil Wars
Shelley Deane M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Considers the means and mechanisms adopted to end civil wars. Examines the nature of 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.
333. Advanced Seminar in Chinese Politics
Lance Guo T 6:30 - 9:25
Develops an understanding of the process of political change in China by exploring the various underlying driving forces such as marketization, globalization, social dislocation, rampant corruption, etc.; how these are reshaping the socioeconomic foundation of the party-state, compelling changes in governance structure and in the ways power is contested and redistributed; how the CCP�s responses affect the outcome, and how it is transforming itself in the process of epic change.
346. Nietzsche
Paul Franco M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
An examination of the broad range of Nietzsche�s thought with a special view to its moral and political implications. Readings include Nietzsche�s major works, including Thus Spoke Zarathustra. May also consider various twentieth-century interpretations and appropriations of Nietzsche�s philosophy.
361. Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Conflict Simulation and Conflict Resolution
Christian Potholm T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
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.
367. Activists, Terrorists and Stockbrokers: Non-State Actors and the Changing International System
Gerald DiGiusto T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Examines the role of non-state actors in world politics. Though the state remains the predominant actor in world politics and the centerpiece of international relations theory, other actors such as non-governmental organizations, terrorist networks, and institutional investors exert an increasingly important influence on international political outcomes. Therefore, explores what implications the emergence of these actors has for established IR theory, which has often undervalued their importance. In particular, course discussions, readings, and assignments focus on whether and how the increased role of these actors � combined with the rise of new technologies � has resulted in changes in the structure of the international system, our conceptions and the sources of power and influence, and notions of sovereignty and political legitimacy.

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