2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The Caroline McCormick Slade Department of Political Science

Students may complete a major or minor in Political Science.

Faculty

Michael Allen, Professor
Daniel Chomsky, Lecturer
Jeremy Elkins, Associate Professor and Interim Chair (semester I; on leave semester II)
Marissa Golden, Associate Professor
Carol Hager, Associate Professor and Chair (on leave semester I)
Deborah Harrold, Lecturer
Peter Hoffman, Lecturer
Marc Ross, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Stephen Salkever, Professor
Meredith Wooten, Instructor

Major Requirements

What is Political Science, and what will the major prepare me for?

Political Science is the study of justice and authority, peace and conflict, public policies and elections, government and law, democracy and autocracy, freedom and oppression. More than any other social science, Political Science pursues a wide variety of approaches in explaining how and why political events and institutions come about as they do, and in evaluating ways in which polities, policies, and leaders are good and bad, laudable and criticizable. Some of these approaches are like those found in Sociology (survey research) or in Anthropology (ethnography) or in economics (cost-benefit analysis) or in the interpretive branches of history, philosophy, and literary criticism. The variety of complementary approaches housed within the same department is the great strength of Political Science as an undergraduate major. The major is excellent preparation for those planning to go on to law or public policy schools, as well as to graduate work in Political Science. Majors in the department have gone on to careers both in this country and abroad in public service, journalism, law, education, and administration.

Majoring in Political Science at Bryn Mawr: Getting Started

Please note: Students who have already declared the major may be eligible to satisfy the former requirements in lieu of those set out below, and should consult their departmental adviser.

The study of politics covers a wide ground, and the Political Science major is designed to give students an opportunity to focus their study while also attending to questions, issues, and problems that run through the study of politics more generally, and that connect the study of politics to other fields.. While there are many such questions, issues, and problems, we have organized the major along the lines of four general themes/categories. These “fields” of inquiry are:

  • Identity and Difference;
  • Policy Formation and Political Action;
  • Interdependence and Conflict; and
  • Political Theory.

Political Science, 101, which is required of all majors, is designed to introduce students to the study of politics in general and to these four themes/ categories. Political Science majors are not required to take 101 as their first course; and while some students will choose to begin with 101, others (including those who may not know whether they wish to major in Political Science) may well prefer to begin their study of politics with a different course at the 100- or 200- level. However, those who intend to major in Political Science are expected to take no more than two other courses prior to taking Political Science 101 and to complete Political Science 101 before the end of their sophomore year.

Students who wish to declare Political Science as a major should choose an advisor, who can be any member of the Political Science faculty. It is generally best to choose an advisor whose courses are in at least one substantive area in which the student intends to focus. Prior to declaring a major, students are required to have completed 101 and to write a brief essay (2-3 pages) on the kinds of questions or problems that they would like to pursue in the study of politics. The essay should be discussed in advance with the student’s advisor and should be submitted to the advisor. Based on the essay, the student and the advisor will formulate a tentative course plan for the major.

Courses offered in the Political Science Department at Haverford count fully as credits toward the Bryn Mawr major. Majors in the Bryn Mawr department must take at least three of their major courses here (in addition to 101 and 398-399). It is therefore strongly advised that at least one of your initial courses in Political Science be taken at Bryn Mawr.

Purpose

The major in Political Science develops reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for a critical understanding of the political world. Course work includes a variety of approaches to the study of politics: historical/interpretive, quantitative/deductive, and philosophical. Using these approaches, students examine political life in a variety of contexts, from neighborhoods to global systems, asking questions about the ways humans have addressed the organization of society, the management of conflicts, or the structure of power and authority.

Course Requirements

The Political Science major consists of a minimum of 10 courses:

a.     Political Science 101;
b.     Two concentrations, at least one of which should be from among the four themes/categories. The second concentration will ordinarily be chosen as well from those themes/categories, but it can also be based on a more substantive focus, to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Each concentration requires a total of 3 courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level and all of which must be either at the 200- or 300- level.
c.     Senior Conference and Senior Essay (to be taken in the fall and spring terms of the senior year and during which students will conceptualize, research, and write their senior thesis);
d.     One additional course, which may be at any level; and
e.     At least three of the courses, in addition to 101, 398 and 399, must be taken in the Bryn Mawr Political Science Department.

Major Credit for Courses Outside the Political Science Department

Up to three courses from departments other than Political Science may be offered for major credit, if in the judgment of the department these courses are an integral part of a student’s major plan. This may occur when courses taken in related departments or programs (such as History, Sociology, Philosophy, Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, and Economics) are closely linked with courses the student takes in Political Science. For example, a student with a focus in “Interdependence and Conflict” may count a relevant course in psychology, or history, or sociology, etc.; a student with a focus in international politics may count a course in international economics, and so on. Decisions as to which outside courses are countable for Political Science major credit are made by the faculty on a case by case basis: when in doubt, consult your major advisor or the department chair. Ordinarily, non-Political Science courses at the 100 level or other introductory courses taken in related departments may not be used for major credit in Political Science.

Departmental Honors

Students who have done distinguished work in their courses in the major and who write outstanding senior essays will be considered for departmental honors.

Haverford Political Science Courses

All Haverford Political Science courses will count toward the Bryn Mawr major (the same is generally true for courses at Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania); courses taken in related departments at Haverford will be considered for major credit in the same way as similar courses taken at Bryn Mawr. Everyone majoring in Political Science at Bryn Mawr must take at least three courses in Political Science at Bryn Mawr, not counting Political Science 101, 398 and 399.

Minor Requirements

What is Political Science, and what will the minor prepare me for?

Political Science is the study of justice and authority, peace and conflict, public policies and elections, government and law, democracy and autocracy, freedom and oppression. More than any other social science, Political Science pursues a wide variety of approaches in explaining how and why political events and institutions come about as they do, and in evaluating ways in which polities, policies, and leaders are good and bad, laudable and criticizable. Some of these approaches are like those found in Sociology (survey research) or in Anthropology (ethnography) or in Economics (cost-benefit analysis) or in the interpretive branches of history, philosophy, and literary criticism. The variety of complementary approaches housed within the same department is the great strength of Political Science as an undergraduate major or minor.

Course Requirements

A minor in political science consists of six courses distributed across at least two fields, at least four of which must be at the 200 or 300 level and at least two of which must be at the 300 level. At least three of the courses must be taken from the Bryn Mawr Department of Political Science course offerings.

The four fields are:

  • Identity and Difference;
  • Policy Formation and Political Action;
  • Interdependence and Conflict; and
  • Political Theory.

Course Designations

Almost every course offered in the Political Science Department at Bryn Mawr and Haverford will count for at least one of the four fields, and some may count for more than one. (No single course, however, may be counted as part of more than one field of concentration.) Many courses offered at Swarthmore and Penn will also count towards these. If there are courses offered at Bryn Mawr of Haverford that are not found on the list below, students should consult their advisor or the Political Science Department Chair to determine the proper designation. Designation for courses offered at Swarthmore and Penn should be discussed with a student’s advisor, or if she does not have an adviser, with the Political Science Chair.

Identity and Difference

123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination (H)
131 Comparative Politics
206 Conflict and Conflict Management
220 Constitutional Law
226 Social Movement Theory (H)
228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
229 Latino Politics in the U.S. (H)
231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern
235 African Politics (H)
242 Women in War and Peace (H)
245 Philosophy of Law
248 Modern Middle East Cities
253 Feminist Theory
282 The Exotic Other
285 Religion and the Limits of Liberalism (H)
286 Religion and American Public Life (H)
287 Media and Politics: The Middle East Transformed
316 Ethnic Group Politics—Identity and conflict
320 Democracy in America (H)
336 Democracy and Democratization (H)
340 Postcolonialism and the Politics of Nation-building (H)
345 Islam, Democracy and Development (H)
348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict identity and conflict
358 Political Psychology and Ethnic Conflict
370 Becoming a People: Power, Justice, and the Political (H)
375 Perspectives on Work, and Family in the U.S.
379 Feminist Political Theory (H)
383 Islamic Reform and Radicalism

Policy Formation and Political Action

121 American Politics
121 American Politics and Its Dynamics (H)
123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination (H)
131 Comparative Government and Politics (H)
131 Comparative Politics
205 European Politics
222 Introduction to Environmental Issues: Policy Making in Comparative Perspective
223 American Political Process: The Congress (H)
224 The American Presidency (H)
225 Mobilization Politics (H)
226 Social Movement Theory (H)
227 Urban Politics (H)
228 Urban Policy (H)
230 Topics in Comparative Politics (H)
235 African Politics (H)
237 Latin American Politics (H)
242 Women in War and Peace (H)
248 Modern Middle East Cities
249 The Soviet System and Its Demise (H)
254 Bureaucracy and Democracy
257 The State System (H)
259 Comparative Social Movements in Latin American
265 Politics, Markets and Theories of Capitalism (H)
274 Education Politics and Policy
278 Oil, Politics, Society, and Economy
279 State Transformation/Conflict
288 The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
287 Media and Politics: The Middle East Transformed
308 Political Transformation in Eastern and Western Europe: Germany and Its Neighbors
310 Comparative Public Policy
314 Strategic Advocacy: Lobbying and Interest Group Politics in Washington, D.C. (H)
315 Public Policy Analysis (H)
320 Democracy in America (H)
321 Technology and Politics
325 Grassroots Politics in Philadelphia (H)
333 Transformations in American Politics: late 20th-early 21st century
334 Politics of Violence (H)
339 The Policymaking Process
345 Islam, Democracy and Development (H)
354 Comparative Social Movements: Power, Protest, and Mobilization
375 Perspectives on Work and Family in the U.S.
378 Origins of American Constitutionalism
385 Democracy and Development
393 US Welfare Politics: Theory and Practice

Interdependence and Conflict

151 International Politics (H)
205 European Politics
206 Conflict and Conflict Management
211 Politics of Humanitarianism
233 Perspectives on Civil War and Revolution: Southern Europe and Central America (H)
235 Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
239 The United States and Latin America (H)
240 Inter-American Dialogue (H)
242 Women in War and Peace (H)
247 Political Economy of Developing Countries (H)
248 Modern Middle East Cities
250 International Politics
252 International Politics of the Middle East (H)
253 Introduction to Terrorism Studies (H)
256 The Evolution of the Jihadi Movement (H)
258 The Politics of International Institutions (H)
259 American Foreign Policy (H)
261 Global Civil Society (H)
262 Human Rights and Global Politics (H)
264 Politics of Commodities
265 Politics, Markets and Theories of Capitalism (H)
278 Oil, Politics, Society, and Economy
279 State Transformation/Conflict
283 Modern Middle East/North Africa
288 The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa
287 Media and Politics: The Middle East Transformed
308 Political Transformation in Eastern and Western Europe: Germany and Its Neighbors
316 Ethnic Group Politics—Identity and conflict
339 Transitional Justice (H)
347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict
340 Postcolonialism and the Politics of Nation-building (H)
348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict identity and conflict
350 Topics in International Politics (H)
357 International Relations Theory: Conflict and the Middle East (H)
358 The War on Terrorism (H)
358 Political Psychology and Ethnic Conflict
361 Democracy and Global Governance (H)
362 Global Justice (H)
365 Solidarity Economy Movements (H)
378 Origins of American Constitutionalism
379 The United Nations and World Order
383 Islamic Reform and Radicalism
385 Democracy and Development
392 State in Theory and History

Political Theory

171 Introduction to Political Theory: Democratic Authority (H)
228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern
234 Legal Rights in the Administrative State
245 Philosophy of Law
253 Feminist Theory
266 Sovereignty (H)
272 Democratic Theory: Membership, Citizenship and Community (H)
276 American Political Thought from Founding to Civil War (H)
277 American Political Thought: Post Civil War (H)
284 Modernity and its Discontents
300 Nietzsche, Kant, Plato: Modes of Practical Philosophy
320 Greek Political Philosophy
320 Democracy in America (H)
327 Political Philosophy: 1950-Present
336 Democracy and Democratization (H)
365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare
370 Becoming a People: Power, Justice, and the Political (H)
371 Topics in Legal and Political Philosophy
378 Origins of American Constitutionalism
379 Feminist Political Theory (H)
380 Persons, Morality and Modernity
381 Nietzsche, Self, and Morality
392 State in Theory and History

COURSES

POLS B101 Introduction to Political Science

This course, which is required of all majors, is designed to introduce students to the study of politics in general and to the four thematic categories around which the major is structured: identity and difference, policy formation and political action, interdependence and conflict, and political theory. The course introduces different but related approaches to understanding political phenomena, and focuses in particular on some central questions and problems of democracy politics.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M., Harrold,D., Elkins,J.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B111 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

A broad and interdisciplinary overview of the study of conflict management. Areas to be introduced will include interpersonal conflict and conflict management, alternative dispute resolution and the law, community conflict and mediation, organizational, intergroup, and international conflict, and conflict management. This course will also serve as a foundation course for students in or considering the peace and conflict studies concentration.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B111
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B121 Introduction to American Politics

An introduction to the major features and characteristics of the American political system. Features examined include voting and elections; the institutions of government (Congress, the Presidency, the courts and the bureaucracy); the policy-making process; and the role of groups (interest groups, women, and ethnic and racial minorities) in the political process. Enrollment is limited to 35 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B131 Comparative Politics

An introduction to the comparative study of political systems. A sampling of major questions addressed by comparative approaches such as why authority structures differ across countries; how major issues such as inequality, environmental degradation, and ethno-nationalism arise in different polities, and why governmental responses to those issues differ so widely. Comparisons are made across time and space. Emphasis is placed on institutional, cultural, and historical explanations. Enrollment is limited to 35 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B205 European Politics: Between Unification and Dissolution

An analysis of the accelerating process of European unification and the increasing political divisiveness within individual European countries. We focus on the evolution of the state-society relationship in selected countries and the emergence of new sources of conflict in recent years. These are placed in the context of a changing international scene: the eastward expansion of the European Union, European social and economic unity and the introduction of the Euro.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach

This course examines cross-cultural differences in the levels and forms of conflict and its management through a wide range of cases and alternative theoretical perspectives. Conflicts of interest range from the interpersonal to the international levels and an important question is the relevance of conflict and its management in small-scale societies as a way to understand political conflict and dispute settlement in the United States and modern industrial settings. Prerequisite: one course in political science, anthropology, or sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B211 Politics of Humanitarianism

This course examines the international politics and history that underlie the ideas, social movement, and system of organizations designed to regulate the conduct of war and improve the welfare of those victimizes by war. It begins with ethical, legal and organizational foundations, and then examines to post-Cold War cases and beyond. Topics include just war theory, international humanitarian law, humanitarian action and intervention, and transitional justice. Prerequisites: one class in Political Science or comparable course by permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hoffman,P.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B217 The State and the Transformation of Conflict

State institutions have a profound effect on conflicts. State sponsored conflicts may be more violent, more deadly and transform society. The state’s power may affect conflict management, enforcing agreements and providing incentives for cooperation. Weak states may not manage difference or conflict; ineffective states may be bypassed by citizens seeking protection or to plunder assets. Readings include theoretical texts as well as empirical accounts of the state’s role in structuring and enforcing conflict management. Prerequisite: One course in Political Science or social science.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B220 Constitutional Law

Through a reading of (mostly) Supreme Court cases and other materials, this course takes up some central theoretical questions concerning the role of constitutional principles and constitutional review in mediating the relationship between public and private power with respect to both difference and hierarchy.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Elkins,J.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B222 Introduction to Environmental Issues: Policy Making in Comparative Perspective

An exploration of the ways in which different cultural, economic, and political settings have shaped issue emergence and policy making. We examine the politics of particular environmental issues in selected countries and regions. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in solving global environmental problems such as climate change.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B222
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B225 Global Ethical Issues

The need for a critical analysis of what justice is and requires has become urgent in a context of increasing globalization, conflict and war, poverty and environmental devastation. This course examines prevailing theories and issues of justice as well as approaches by non-western, post-colonial, feminist, race, class, and disability theorists. Counts toward International Studies Minor and Gender and Sexuality concentration.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major; International Studies Minor
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B225
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern

An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods. Readings from Aristotle, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Plato, and Rousseau.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B228
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Salkever,S.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern

A continuation of POLS 228, although 228 is not a prerequisite. Particular attention is given to the various ways in which the concept of freedom is used in explaining political life. Readings from Hegel, Locke, Marx, J.S. Mill, and Nietzsche.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B231
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Salkever,S.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B238 Science, Technology, and the Good Life

This course considers questions concerning what is science, what is technology, and what is their relationship to each other and to the domains of ethics and politics. We will consider how modern science defined itself in its opposition to Aristotelian science. We will examine the Cartesian and Baconian scientific models and the self-understanding of these models with regard to ethics and politics. Developments in the philosophy of science will be considered, e.g., positivism, phenomenology, feminism, sociology of science. Biotechnology and information technology illustrate fundamental questions. The “science wars” of the 1990s provide debates concerning science, technology, and the good life.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B238
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B240 Environmental Ethics

This course surveys rights- and justice-based justifications for ethical positions on the environment. It examines approaches such as stewardship, intrinsic value, land ethic, deep ecology, ecofeminism, Asian and aboriginal. It explores issues such as obligations to future generations, to nonhumans and to the biosphere.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B241 The Politics of International Law and Institutions

An introduction to international law, which assumes a working knowledge of modern world history and politics since World War II. The origins of modern international legal norms in philosophy and political necessity are explored, showing the schools of thought to which the understandings of these origins give rise. Significant cases are used to illustrate various principles and problems. Prerequisite: POLS 141.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics

This course makes African and Caribbean voices audible as they create or adopt visions of the world that explain their positions and challenges in world politics. Students learn analytical tools useful in understanding other parts of the world. Prerequisite: POLS 141.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East

A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B244; CITY-B244; HIST-B244
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B245 Philosophy of Law

Introduces students to a variety of questions in the philosophy of law. Readings will be concerned with the nature of law, the character of law as a system, the ethical character of law, and the relationship of law to politics, power, authority, and society. Readings will include abstract philosophical arguments about the concept of law, as well as theoretical arguments about the nature of law as they arise within specific contexts, and judicial cases. Most or all of the specific issues discussed will be taken from Anglo-American law, although the general issues considered are not limited to those legal systems.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B245
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B250 International Politics

An introduction to international relations, exploring its main subdivisions and theoretical approaches. Phenomena and problems in world politics examined include systems of power management, imperialism, globalization, war, bargaining, and peace. Problems and institutions of international economy and international law are also addressed. This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of modern world history. Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: International Studies Major; International Studies Minor; Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hoffman,P.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B251 Politics and the Mass Media

A consideration of the mass media as a pervasive fact of U.S. political life and how they influence American politics. Topics include how the media have altered American political institutions and campaigns, how selective attention to particular issues and exclusion of others shape public concerns, and the conditions under which the media directly influence the content of political beliefs and the behavior of citizens. Prerequisite: one course in political science, preferably POLS 121.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Chomsky,D.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B253 Feminist Theory

Beliefs that gender discrimination has been eliminated and women have achieved equality have become commonplace. We challenge these assumptions examining the concepts of patriarchy, sexism, and oppression. Exploring concepts central to feminist theory, we attend to the history of feminist theory and contemporary accounts of women’s place and status in different societies, varied experiences, and the impact of the phenomenon of globalization. We then explore the relevance of gender to philosophical questions about identity and agency with respect to moral, social and political theory. Prerequisite: one course in philosophy or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B252
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Koggel,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B259 Comparative Social Movements in Latin America

An examination of resistance movements to the power of the state and globalization in three Latin American societies: Mexico, Columbia, and Peru. The course explores the political, legal, and socio-economic factors underlying contemporary struggles for human and social rights, and the role of race, ethnicity, and coloniality play in these struggles.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B259; CITY-B220
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Marquez,E.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B262 Who Believes What and Why: the Sociology of Public Opinion

This course explores public opinion: what it is, how it is measured, how it is shaped, and how it changes over time. Specific attention is given to the role of elites, the mass media, and religion in shaping public opinion. Examples include racial/ethnic civil rights, abortion, gay/lesbian/transgendered sexuality, and inequalities.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B264 Politics of Global Commodities

This class critically analyzes the international politics that underpin the production and distribution of global commodities. Marketization and privatization pressures that have produced economic arrangements are examined for their impact in altering governance systems, distorting markets and development, and fomenting conflicts. The course starts with concepts, theories, and history, and then investigates key case studies. Prerequisites: one class in Political Science (preferably International Politics or International Political Economy), comparable coursework, or by permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B273 Race and the Law in the American Context

An examination of the intersection of race and law, evaluating the legal regulations of race, the history and meanings of race, and how law, history and the Supreme Court helped shape and produce those meanings. It will draw on materials from law, history, public policy, and critical race theory.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B273
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B274 Education Politics and Policy

This course will examine education policy through the lens of federalism and federalism through a case study of education policy. The dual aims are to enhance our understanding of this specific policy area and our understanding of the impact that our federal system of government has on policy effectiveness.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B274; SOCL-B274
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B278 Oil, Politics, Society, and Economy

Examines the role oil has played in transforming societies, in shaping national politics, and in the distribution of wealth within and between nations. Rentier states and authoritarianism, the historical relationships between oil companies and states, monopolies, boycotts, sanctions and demands for succession, and issues of social justice mark the political economy of oil.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B282 The Exotic Other: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East

This course is concerned with the meanings of gender and sexuality in the Middle East, with particular attention to the construction of tradition, its performance, reinscription, and transformation, and to Western interpretations and interactions. Prerequisite: one course in social science or humanities. Previous gender or Middle East course is a plus.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the region, using works of history, political science, political economy, film, and fiction as well as primary sources. The course will concern itself with three broad areas: the legacy of colonialism and the importance of international forces; the role of Islam in politics; and the political and social effects of particular economic conditions, policies, and practices.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HEBR-B283; HIST-B283
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harrold,D.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B286 Themes in British Empire:

Current topic description: This course explores the politics and genealogies on nationalist movements in the Indian subcontinent from the late 19th century through the establishment of sovereign nations from 1947-72, considering the implications and legacies of empire, nationalism and anti-colonialism for the nations and peoples of the subcontinent from Independence through the present.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B286; CITY-B286
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kale,M.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B287 Media and Politics: The Middle East Transformed

The events of 2011 transformed the Middle East, overthrowing or threatening regimes across the region. The course will focus on the media technologies, the political actors, and international events that produced these changes, as well as examine works on political transitions, revolutions, and social movements. Prerequisite: A previous social science or history course is strongly recommended, or a previous course on media.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: International Studies Minor; Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B288 The Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa

This comparative approach considers historical constructions, the power of economic ideas, domestic politics and resources, and international regimes. Specific areas of focus include theories that seek to explain the economic/political conditions, left, nationalist and liberal, as well as the exceptional growth of the Gulf economies. Prerequisite: at least one other course on the Middle East or a strong area expertise in another region such as Latin America or China with permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: International Studies Minor; Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B288
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy

A comparison of policy processes and outcomes across space and time. Focusing on particular issues such as health care, domestic security, water and land use, we identify institutional, historical, and cultural factors that shape policies. We also examine the growing importance of international-level policy making and the interplay between international and domestic pressures on policy makers. Prerequisite is one course in Political Science or public policy.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B316 The Politics of Ethnic, Racial, and National Groups

An analysis of ethnic and racial conflict and cooperation that will compare and contrast the experiences of racial minorities in the United States and Muslim minorities in Europe. Particular attention is paid to the processes of group identification and political organization; the politicization of racial and ethnic identity; patterns of conflict and cooperation between minorities and the majority population over time; and different paths to citizenship. The course will emphasize how the politics of differentiation has similarities across setting and historical periods as well as important differences
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ross,M.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B320 Greek Political Philosophy: Ethics and Politics

Topics in Greek Political Philosophy. Topic for Fall 2012: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics A careful reading of the Nicomachean Ethics and the Politics, treated as a single series of lectures designed to lead its immediate Greek audience (the equivalent of Socrates’ interlocutors in Plato)—and perhaps us as well--more deeply into the questions and problems that are Aristotle’s theoretical basis for the paradigmatically human activities of practical reason (phronêsis) and thoughtful choice (prohairesis—see NE 6.1, 1139b). There will be some additional readings from Aristotle, from Aristotle’s Greek contemporaries and predecessors (including Plato and Thucydides), and from recent work designed to bring Aristotelian perspectives to bear on the moral and political issues of our own time. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of philosophy or political theory, including some work with Greek texts, or consent of the instructor.
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B321
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Salkever,S.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B321 Technology and Politics

An analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological development and democratic governance. Discussion of theoretical approaches is supplemented by case studies of particular issues, such as electoral politics, warfare and terrorism, social networking and citizen mobilization, climate change, agriculture and food safety.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B321
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B327 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century

A study of 20th- and 21st-century extensions of three traditions in Western political philosophy: the adherents of the German and English ideas of freedom and the founders of classical naturalism. Authors read include Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, and John Rawls. Topics include the relationship of individual rationality and political authority, the “crisis of modernity,” and the debate concerning contemporary democratic citizenship. Prerequisites: POLS 228 and 231, or PHIL 101 and 201. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B327
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B333 Transformations in American Politics, 1955-2000

The American political system has changed dramatically over the past 60 years. This seminar examines the ways in which American political institutions and processes have been transformed -- by design and by accident-- and the causes and consequences of those changes. Special attention will be paid to the effect that these changes have had on the democratic character of the American political system and on its ability to govern.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B333
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B344 Development Ethics

This course explores the meaning of and moral issues raised by development. In what direction and by what means should a society “develop”? What role, if any, does the globalization of markets and capitalism play in processes of development and in systems of discrimination on the basis of factors such as race and gender? Answers to these sorts of questions will be explored through an examination of some of the most prominent theorists and recent literature. Prerequisites: a philosophy, political theory or economics course or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major; International Studies Minor
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B344
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Koggel,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B347 Advanced Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies: Utopias, Dystopias, and Peace

An in-depth examination of crucial issues and particular cases of interest to advanced students in peace and conflict studies through common readings and student projects. Various important theories of conflict and conflict management are compared and students undertake semester-long field research. The second half of the semester focuses on student research topics with continued exploration of conflict-resolution theories and research methods. Prerequisite: POLS 206, 111, or Haverford’s POLS 247.
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B347
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict

An examination of the role of culture in the origin, escalation, and settlement of ethnic conflicts. This course examines the politics of culture and how it constrains and offers opportunities for ethnic conflict and cooperation. The role of narratives, rituals, and symbols is emphasized in examining political contestation over cultural representations and expressions such as parades, holy sites, public dress, museums, monuments, and language in culturally framed ethnic conflicts from all regions of the world. Prerequisites: two courses in the social sciences.
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B348
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B352 Feminism and Philosophy

It has been said that one of the most important feminist contributions to theory is its uncovering of the ways in which theory in the Western tradition, whether of knowledge, morality, or politics has a hidden male bias. This course will explore feminist critiques of traditional moral theory by examining early accounts of an ethic of care that challenge the ethic of justice that has dominated moral theory in the liberal tradition. We then turn to feminist revisions to and expansions of these early accounts of care ethics -- including contemporary work exploring the implications and applications of feminist ethics for issues in the contemporary global context.
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B352
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements

A consideration of the conceptualizations of power and “legitimate” and “illegitimate” participation, the political opportunity structure facing potential activists, the mobilizing resources available to them, and the cultural framing within which these processes occur. Specific attention is paid to recent movements within and across countries, such as feminist, environmental, and anti-globalization movements, and to emerging forms of citizen mobilization, including transnational and global networks, electronic mobilization, and collaborative policymaking institutions.
Counts toward: Environmental Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B354
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B358 Political Psychology of Group Identification

This seminar will explore the common interests of psychologists and political scientists in the phenomena of group identification. The focus will be identification with ethnic and national groups, with special attention to the ways in which research on small-group dynamics can help us understand identification and conflict for these larger groups. The seminar will review major theories of group identity and examine several historical or current cases of successful and unsuccessful development of national identity. Prerequisite: PSYC 208 or two semesters of political science.
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): PSYC-B358
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McCauley,C., Ross,M.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare

The course explores the relationship between love and art, “eros” and “poesis,” through in-depth study of Plato’s Phaedus and Symposium, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Antony and Cleopatra, and essays by modern commentators (including David Halperin, Anne Carson, Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Stanley Cavell). We will also read Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Romeo and Juliet.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B365; COML-B365; PHIL-B365
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J., Salkever,S.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B371 Topics in Legal and Political Philosophy

This is a topic course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B371
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B375 Women, Work, and Family

As the number of women participating in the paid workforce who are also mothers exceeds 50 percent, it becomes increasingly important to study the issues raised by these dual roles. This seminar will examine the experiences of working and nonworking mothers in the United States, the roles of fathers, the impact of working mothers on children, and the policy implications of women, work, and family.
Counts toward: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B375
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B379 The United Nations and World Order

Initially founded in 1945 to address the challenges of international armed aggression, the United Nations has since evolved, and is now charged with confronting a wide range of threats, including atrocities, poverty, hunger, disease, and climate change. This class examines the organization’s pre-eminent role in international peace and security, economic development, and human rights and humanitarian affairs. Prerequisite: a year of Political Science or Peace and Conflict Studies courses or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Peace and Conflict Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B380 Persons, Morality and Modernity

What demands does the modern world impose on those who live in it? What kinds of persons does the modern world bring into being? What kinds of ethical claims can that world make on us? What is the relationship between public and private morality, and between each of us as public citizens and private persons? This course explores such questions through an examination of a variety of texts in political theory and philosophy.
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B380
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B381 Nietzsche, Self and Morality

This course examines Nietzsche’s thought, with particular focus on questions concerning the nature of the self and morality. The texts for the course are drawn mostly from Nietzsche’s own writing, but these are complemented by some contemporary work in moral philosophy and philosophy of mind that has a Nietzschean influence.
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B381
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era

Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts toward: Middle East Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B382; HIST-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B383 Two Hundred Years of Islamic Reform, Radicalism, and Revolution

This course will examine the transformation of Islamic politics in the past two hundred years, emphasizing historical accounts, comparative analysis of developments in different parts of the Islamic world. Topics covered include the rationalist Salafy movement; the so-called conservative movements (Sanussi of Libya, the Mahdi in the Sudan, and the Wahhabi movement in Arabia); the Caliphate movement; contemporary debates over Islamic constitutions; among others. The course is not restricted to the Middle East or Arab world. Prerequisites: a course on Islam and modern European history, or an earlier course on the Modern Middle East or 19th-century India, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B383
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B385 Democracy and Development

From 1974 to the late 1990s the number of democracies grew from 39 to 117. This “third wave,” the collapse of communism and developmental successes in East Asia have led some to argue the triumph of democracy and markets. Since the late 1990’s, democracy’s third wave has stalled, and some fear a reverse wave and democratic breakdowns. We will question this phenomenon through the disciplines of economics, history, political science and sociology drawing from theoretical, case study and classical literature. Prerequisite: one year of study in political science or economics.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: International Studies Major; Peace and Conflict Studies
Crosslisting(s): ECON-B385
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ross,M., Rock,M.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B387 Politics, Markets and the Presidency of Barack Obama

An in-depth examination of the changing relationship of the state and the market in the U.S. today, the course uses history, theory and empirical research to examine whether the public policies being enacted are producing a fundamental shift in the U. S. political economy. The course centers on the implication for the relationship of democracy to capitalism. Prerequisite: POLS B121.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B391 International Political Economy

This seminar examines the growing importance of economic issues in world politics and traces the development of the modern world economy from its origins in colonialism and the industrial revolution, through to the globalization of recent decades. Major paradigms in political economy are critically examined. Aspects of and issues in international economic relations such as development, finance, trade, migration, and foreign investment are examined in the light of selected approaches. One course in International Politics or Economics is required. Preference is given to seniors although juniors are accepted.
Counts toward: International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B392 State in Theory and History

This class connects the fields of historical sociology and international relations to survey the roots of states as the predominant form of political authority, to assess its behavior in global affairs, and to consider its future. Concepts include: class coalitions, democracy, capitalism, socialism, authoritarianism, revolutions, international organizations, and empires. Prerequisites: two courses in Political Science, or Peace and Conflict Studies, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hoffman,P.
(Fall 2012)

POLS B393 U.S. Welfare Politics: Theory and Practice

Major theoretical perspectives concerning the welfare state with a focus on social policy politics, including recent welfare reforms and how in an era of globalization there has been a turn to a more restrictive system of social provision. Special attention is paid to the ways class, race, and gender are involved in making of social welfare policy and the role of social welfare policy in reinforcing class, race, and gender inequities. Prerequisite: POLS B121 or SOCL B102.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B393
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schram,S.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B398 Senior Conference

Required of senior majors. In weekly group meetings as well as individual tutorials, faculty work with students on research strategies, on refining research topics, and on supervising research progress for the senior thesis.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Golden,M., Allen,M., Elkins,J., Hoffman,P.
(Fall 2012)
POLS B399 Senior Essay
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Allen,M., Hager,C.
(Spring 2013)

POLS B403 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

POLS B416 Central Texts of Western Pol Tradition: Discussion Leader

Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2012-13)

POLS B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Counts toward: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)