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This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
POLS B131-001 Introduction to Comparative Politics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 119 Fenner,S.
POLS B141-001 Introduction to International Politics Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 21 Wang,Z.
POLS B213-001 Political Economy of Human Rights Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Taylor Hall G Wang,Z.
POLS B224-001 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West" Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall D Salkever,S.
POLS B228-001 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Dalton Hall 1 MacInnis,L.
POLS B251-001 Democracy, Politics and the Media: Global Era Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Dalton Hall 2 Elkins,J.
POLS B339-001 Race, Ethnicity, & Politics in the U.S. Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Dalton Hall 212A Dept. staff, TBA
POLS B350-001 Politics and Equality Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 25 Elkins,J.
POLS B356-001 Topics in American Politics: Debates in the Discipline Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dalton Hall 10 Golden,M.
POLS B360-001 Islam and Politics Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Dalton Hall 2 Fenner,S.
POLS B371-001 Topics in Political Philosophy: Liberalism: Origins and Challenges Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Dalton Hall 119 MacInnis,L.
POLS B391-001 International Political Economy Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Dalton Hall 212A Wang,Z.
ARCH B244-001 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Semester / 1

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
POLS B121-001 Introduction to American Politics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Golden,M.
POLS B222-001 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective: Movements, Controversies and Policy Making Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Hager,C.
POLS B231-001 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern Semester / 1
POLS B241-001 The Politics of International Law and Institutions Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Allen,M.
POLS B283-001 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Fenner,S.
POLS B321-001 Technology and Politics Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Hager,C.
POLS B327-001 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Salkever,S.
POLS B399-001 Senior Essay Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dept. staff, TBA
ECON B385-001 Democracy and Development Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Rock,M.

Fall 2017

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2016-17 Catalog Data

POLS B121 Introduction to American Politics Spring 2017 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.

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POLS B131 Introduction to Comparative Politics Fall 2016 This course is designed to provide an introduction to the discipline of comparative politics. We will explore the primary approaches and concepts scholars employ in order to systematically analyze the political world. In doing so, we will also examine the political structures, institutions, and behaviors of a number of countries around the world. Questions we will engage include: What is power and how is it exercised? What are the differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes? How do different countries develop their economies? What factors affect the way countries behave in the international arena? By the end of this course, students will be equipped to answer these questions and prepared for further study in political science. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics Fall 2016 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B212 Qualitative Methods Not offered 2016-17 This course will critically introduce leading models and debates in qualitative methods for social science research and argumentation. Emphasizing the criteria, practices, and discourses of reliable knowledge in political science, we will also examine key texts in anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. We will explore hermeneutics, structuralism, discourse analysis, immanent critique, causality, and other analytical dilemmas in the broad category of ethnographic suasion. The course hopes to sharpen students' skills in applied methods, i.e., the techniques of argumentation, rhetoric, and persuasion. Course does not meet an Approach

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POLS B213 Political Economy of Human Rights Fall 2016 This course will investigate the political economic logic underlying governmental decisions on human rights protection/abuse and the consequences of such decisions. It will consider factors at both domestic and international levels that influence respect for human rights. It covers countries in both developed and developing worlds, and in both democratic and non-democratic settings. It also effectively integrates relevant philosophical and sociological perspectives into the investigation. It emphasizes equally quantitative and qualitative analyses. Upon finishing this course, students will not only acquire a deeper/new understanding of widely known human rights incidents in the past and the present, but will also furnish themselves with a valid analytical toolkit to better understand incidents of such kinds in the future. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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POLS B220 Topics in Constitutional Law and Theory Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B222 Environmental Issues: Movements and Policy Making in Comparative Perspective
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Movements, Controversies and Policy Making Spring 2017 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, paying special attention to the impact of environmental movements. We also assess the prospects for international cooperation in addressing global environmental problems such as climate change. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B224 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West" Fall 2016 An introduction to the dialogic construction of comparative political philosophy, using texts from several cultures or worlds of thought: ancient and modern China, ancient Greece, and the modern West. The course will have three parts. First, a consideration of the synchronous emergence of philosophy in ancient (Axial Age) China and Greece; second, the 19th century invention of the modern "West" and Chinese responses to this development; and third, the current discussions and debates about globalization, democracy, and human rights now going on in China and the West. Prerequisite: At least one course in either Philosophy, Political Theory, or East Asian Studies, or consent of the instructor. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern Fall 2016 An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods. Readings from Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Cicero, Epictetus, Machiavelli, and others. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B231 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Modern Spring 2017 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 Hobbes, Locke, Adam Smith, Marx, Emma Goldman, Frantz Fanon, and others. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B237 Comparative Occupation Not offered 2016-17 This course explores the politics of "occupation," a concept that now connotes Palestine, Tibet, Kashmir, Western Sahara, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, or Papua and once brought to mind Namibia, Congo, America, Algeria, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Congo, Ireland, Canada, Kosovo, Tasmania, East Timor, Poland, and Cyprus. Such a list exposes biases in our thinking and raises troubling analytical problems for a concept that has ethical, military, and juridical consequences. Our purpose is to examine empire, state, and occupation on such registers, illuminating the ideologies, strategies, and resources of domination and resistance. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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POLS B241 The Politics of International Law and Institutions Spring 2017 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 B250. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B243 African and Caribbean Perspectives in World Politics Not offered 2016-17 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 or 1 course in African or Latin American history. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Africana Studies

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POLS B245 Philosophy of Law Not offered 2016-17 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 philosophical arguments about law, as well as judicial cases through which we examine these ideas within specific contexts, especially tort and contracts. 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B249 Politics of Economic Development Not offered 2016-17 How do we explain the variations of political and economic systems in the world? What is the relationship between the state and the market? To what extent does the timing of industrialization affect the viability of certain developmental strategies? This seminar introduces the intellectual history of comparative political economy and development studies with readings on both comparative political economy and international political economy. First, we will examine the debates on the dynamics of the state and the market in the development and globalization process. Second, we will explore specific case studies to discuss: 1) how the political and economic processes have changed in response to the interaction of the domestic and international arenas, 2) whether and how the late developers learned from the experiences of early developers, 3) how the international economy and international financial crisis shaped domestic development strategies. Lastly, we will analyze the developmental concerns at the sub-national level with financial liberalization.

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POLS B251 Democracy, Politics and the Media
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Global Era Fall 2016 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.

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POLS B256 Global Politics of Climate Change Not offered 2016-17 This course will introduce students to important political issues raised by climate change locally, nationally, and internationally, paying particular attention to the global implications of actions at the national and subnational levels. It will focus not only on specific problems, but also on solutions; students will learn about some of the technological and policy innovations that are being developed worldwide in response to the challenges of climate change. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B272 The Power of the People: Democratic Revolutions Not offered 2016-17 We often invoke "democracy" as the very ground of political legitimacy, but there is very little agreement on what democracy means, why we might desire it, or how state institutions, law, and political culture might embody it. In this seminar we will grapple with some recent and influential accounts of democratic governance and democratic movements today. Our objective will be to develop a critical vocabulary for understanding what democracy might mean, what conditions it requires, and what "best practices" citizens committed to democracy might enlist to confront political challenges such as the structural divisions that persist among class, gender, and race; persistent inequality and influence of money and corporations; and the potential for democratic, grass-roots power as a vital ingredient to democratic flourishing. Writing Intensive Course does not meet an Approach

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa Spring 2017 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B290 Power and Resistance Not offered 2016-17 What more is there to politics than power? What is the force of the "political" for specifying power as a practice or institutional form? What distinguishes power from authority, violence, coercion, and domination? How is power embedded in and generated by cultural practices, institutional arrangements, and processes of normalization? This course seeks to address questions of power and politics in the context of domination, oppression, and the arts of resistance. Our general topics will include authority, the moralization of politics, the dimensions of power, the politics of violence (and the violence of politics), language, sovereignty, emancipation, revolution, domination, normalization, governmentality, genealogy, and democratic power. Writing projects will seek to integrate analytical and reflective analyses as we pursue these questions in common. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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POLS B291 Arts of Freedom Not offered 2016-17 Observing political life in the early United States, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: "It cannot be repeated too often: nothing is more fertile in wondrous effects than the art of being free, but nothing is harder than freedom's apprenticeship." What is this "art of freedom" and how can we take up "freedom's apprenticeship"? This course investigates questions of freedom in the contexts of democracy, oppression, and revolution. Together we will study not just the historical meanings of freedom but also who has experienced freedom and who struggles for freedom in concrete terms. Over the course of the semester, we will develop a theoretical vocabulary with which to analyze freedom in different social and political contexts; we will, moreover, learn these concepts through their use, analyzing how they function within theories of freedom and how different theorists and actors understand and actualize freedom. All of this work will culminate in taking the theoretical insights we develop to contemporary politics and society by writing an extended reflective letter integrating the analytical work we have done over the course of the semester (in short essays) and reflecting on the arts and apprenticeship of freedom in our own lives today. Writing Attentive Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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POLS B300 Three Approaches to the Philosophy of Praxis: Nietzsche, Kant and Plato Not offered 2016-17 A study of three important ways of thinking about theory and practice in Western political philosophy. Prerequisites: POLS 228 and 231, or PHIL 101 and 201.

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POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy Not offered 2016-17 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: One course in Political Science or public policy. Counts toward Environmental Studies Counts toward Health Studies

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POLS B313 Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law Not offered 2016-17 This course will focus on cases that are on the Supreme Court's docket for decision in the current term. Through readings of cases and secondary material, students will examine the background of the current controversies, and the political and social issues that they raise. As a part of the course, each student will participate in mock hearings on the cases, acting sometimes as an advocate for one party and sometimes as a judge. In preparation for this, students will conduct research under supervision. Students will also participate in gathering materials on the broader political-social implications of the controversies which will be read and discussed by the class. Prerequisite: one course requiring the reading of legal cases (POLS B220, POLS/PHIL B245, POLS B273, POLS H215, H216) or consent of instructor.

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POLS B320 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy Not offered 2016-17 This is a topics course, course content varies. Past topics include: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics and Thucydides,Plato, Aristotle. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of philosophy or political theory, including some work with Greek texts, or consent of the instructor.

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POLS B321 Technology and Politics Spring 2017 A multi-media analysis of the complex role of technology in political and social life. We focus on the relationship between technological change and democratic governance. We begin with historical and contemporary Luddism as well as pro-technology movements around the world. Substantive issue areas include security and surveillance, electoral politics, economic development and women's empowerment, warfare, social media, net neutrality, GMO foods and industrial agriculture, climate change and energy politics. Writing Attentive Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B324 Politics of the Arab Uprisings Not offered 2016-17 The recent uprisings in Arab countries have shocked the world. Long-entrenched authoritarian regimes have fallen. US allies have been ousted. This seminar is designed to introduce the politics of these recent uprisings. Their origins will be viewed through the lens of political and economic theories of authoritarianism and revolution. The outcomes will be assessed with an eye toward existing ideas about democracy. The course will aim to establish what political science can tell us about these events, and how political science must grow in reaction to them. Prerequisite: One course in political science or Middle East studies or consent of instructor. Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B325 Paradigms of Violence: Fanon in Algeria, Gandhi in India Not offered 2016-17 This course will examine ethical-strategic reasoning applied to resistance struggles, centered on the alleged non-violence of Gandhi and pro-violence of Fanon, tracking the breadth of their commentaries in historical-political-imperial context. We will engage, then, normative approaches by activist intellectuals to material political struggles. Gandhi and Fanon map relationships of "violence" and "peace" over struggles of particular affiliations and universal aspirations, which we will examine via collective discussion and individual writing (˜24pp). The course is designed to facilitate and encourage close, analytical, critical, and comparative reading of texts by focusing on practical insights and philosophical commitments in these thinkers' writings and lives, supported by secondary commentaries. The course is an advanced discussion seminar and requires each student to come prepared to explicate and critique the various texts.

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POLS B327 Political Philosophy in the 20th Century Spring 2017 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. Writing Attentive

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POLS B334 Three Faces of Chinese Power: Money, Might, and Minds Not offered 2016-17 China's extraordinary growth for the past 30 years has confirmed the power of free markets, while simultaneously challenging our thoughts on the foundations and limits of the market economy. Moreover, China's ever-increasing economic freedom and prosperity have been accompanied by only limited steps toward greater political freedom and political liberalization, running counter to one of the most consistent patterns of political economic development in recent history. This course examines China's unique economic and political development path, and the opportunities and challenges it accompanies. This course has three aims: 1) to facilitate an in-depth understanding of the political and economic development with Chinese characteristics, 2) to conduct a comprehensive analysis of three dimensions of Chinese economic, political and cultural power, and 3) to construct a thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities for China from its extraordinary developmental path. Prerequisite: two courses either in Political Science or East Asian Languages and Culture. Junior or Senior Standing required.

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POLS B339 Race, Ethnicity, & Politics in the U.S. Fall 2016 This upper-level course examines the political experience in the United States of the four principal racial minority groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and American Indians. The importance of race and ethnicity in American politics, and the historical, legal, attitudinal, and behavioral experiences of these groups are explored in the context of a majority white nation via protest activity and conventional electoral politics. We will describe and analyze how the structures of the American political system and its present operation disadvantage and/or advantage these groups as they attempt to gain the full benefits of American society. A variety of theories are explored towards that end.

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POLS B348 Culture and Ethnic Conflict Not offered 2016-17 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, Justice and Human Rights

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POLS B350 Politics and Equality Fall 2016 What is the relationship between democracy and equality? Is equality a presupposition or precondition for democracy? Is the problem of equality separable from equality? Are there any respects in which democracy presupposes or relies on inequality? For all of these, an important sub-question to that of the relationship of democracy and equality will be: equality of what? We will examine these various questions at both an abstract level (reading essays of political theory, moral philosophy and such) and in the context of particular problems of politics, law, and/or policy. While the instructor will be largely responsible for assigning readings of the first sort, students will share the responsibility for finding readings of the second. They will do this as part of their own semester-long research projects. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Suggested Preparation: At least one course in political theory OR Political Science Senior OR consent of instructor. Writing Attentive

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POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements: Power and Mobilization Not offered 2016-17 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. Prerequisite: one course in POLS or SOCL or permission of instructor. Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B356 Topics in American Politics
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Debates in the Discipline Fall 2016 This course helps prepare students for the senior thesis by exploring a gamut of "hot topics" in the study of American politics. Its focus is on points of contention-theoretical, empirical and methodological-between and among the political scientists studying these topics. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Writing Attentive

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POLS B360 Islam and Politics Fall 2016 This course will strive to answer but also to critique common questions about the role of Islam in political life: Is Islam compatible with democracy? Is Islam bad for women's or minority rights? Does Islam cause violence? Will including Islamist organizations in democratic politics induce them to moderate their views? And what are the political consequences of asking and debating such questions? More broadly, this course will consider evolving approaches to culture, religion, and ideology in political science, exploring not just the effect of Islam on politics but also the ways in which politics have shaped the Islamic tradition over time. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science senior majors. Prerequisite: POLS B131 or instructor consent. Writing Attentive Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B367 China and the World: Implications of China's Rise Not offered 2016-17 In the 20th Century, China's rise has been one of the most distinctive political affairs changing the landscape of regional and world politics. Especially, China's breathtaking growth has challenged the foundations and limits of the market economy and political liberalization theoretically and empirically. This course examines the Chinese economic and political development and its implications for other Asian countries and the world. This course has three aims: 1) to facilitate an in-depth understanding of the Chinese Economic development model in comparison to other development models, 2) to conduct a comprehensive analysis of political and socio-economic exchanges of China and its relations with other major countries in East Asia, and 3) to construct a thorough understanding of challenges and opportunities for China from its extraordinary economic growth. Prerequisite: junior or senior.

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POLS B371 Topics in Political Philosophy
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Liberalism: Origins and Challenges Fall 2016 An advanced seminar on a topic in political or legal philosophy/theory. Topics vary by year. Prerequisite: At least one course in political theory or philosophy or consent of instructor.
Current topic description: Liberalism is a dominant political outlook that stresses the equal moral worth of the individual and advocates a range of rights protecting individual conscience, speech, association, movement, and private property. This course explores the historical origins and conceptual claims of liberal thought through the modern period and into contemporary controversies . Through regular discussion and debate we investigate the moral foundations of liberalism and consider several critical challenges liberalism faces from conservative, Marxist, libertarian, feminist, and sceptical perspectives. Authors considered include John Rawls, Charles Taylor, G.A Cohen, Friedrich Hayek, Catherine MacKinnon, Carol Gilligan, and Isaiah Berlin.

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POLS B374 Education Politics & Policy Not offered 2016-17 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.

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POLS B375 Gender, Work and Family Not offered 2016-17 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 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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POLS B378 Origins of American Constitutionalism Not offered 2016-17 This course will explore some aspects of early American constitutional thought, particularly in the periods immediately preceding and following the American Revolution. The premise of the course is that many of the questions that arose during that period--concerning, for example, the nature of law, the idea of sovereignty, and the character of legitimate political authority--remain important questions for political, legal, and constitutional thought today, and that studying the debates of the revolutionary period can help sharpen our understanding of these issues. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and previous course work in American history, American government, political theory, or legal studies.

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POLS B381 Nietzsche Not offered 2016-17 This course examines Nietzsche's thought, with particular focus on such questions as the nature of the self, truth , irony, aggression, play, joy, love, 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.

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POLS B391 International Political Economy Fall 2016 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. This course is open to all students who have the prerequisites. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science seniors. Prerequisite: One course in International Politics or Economics is required. Preference is given to seniors although juniors are accepted. Writing Attentive Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B399 Senior Essay

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POLS B403 Supervised Work

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POLS B403 Supervised Work

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POLS B425 Praxis III: Independent Study Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community. Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East Fall 2016 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ECON B385 Democracy and Development Spring 2017 From 1974 to the late 1990's 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. Prerequisites: ECON 200; ECON 253 or 304; and one course in Political Science OR Junior or Senior Standing in Political Science OR Permission of the Instructor. Counts toward Counts toward International Studies Counts toward Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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PHIL B225 Global Ethical Issues Not offered 2016-17 The need for a critical analysis of what justice is and requires has become urgent in a context of increasing globalization, the emergence of new forms of conflict and war, high rates of poverty within and across borders and the prospect of environmental devastation. This course examines prevailing theories and issues of justice as well as approaches and challenges by non-western, post-colonial, feminist, race, class, and disability theorists. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B238 Science, Technology and the Good Life Not offered 2016-17 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B252 Feminist Theory Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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PHIL B344 Development Ethics Not offered 2016-17 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. Writing Intensive Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PHIL B352 Feminism and Philosophy Not offered 2016-17 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 science, knowledge, morality, or politics has a hidden male bias. This course will explore feminist criticisms of and alternatives to traditional Western theory by examining feminist challenges to traditional liberal moral and political theory. Specific questions may include how to understand the power relations at the root of women's oppression, how to theorize across differences, or how ordinary individuals are to take responsibility for pervasive and complex systems of oppression. Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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PSYC B358 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict Not offered 2016-17 This seminar explores the common interests of psychologists and political scientists in ethnic identification and ethnic-group conflict. Rational choice theories of conflict from political science will be compared with social psychological theories of conflict that focus more on emotion and essentializing. Each student will contribute a 200-300 word post in response to a reading or film assignment each week. Students will represent their posts in seminar discussion of readings and films. Each student will write a final paper analyzing the origins and trajectory of a case of violent ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC B208, or PSYC B120, or PSYC B125, or one 200 level course in political science, or instructor's permission. Counts toward Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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SOCL B259 Comparative Social Movements in Latin America Not offered 2016-17 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o

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SOCL B284 Modernity and Its Discontents Not offered 2016-17 This course examines the nature, historical emergence, dilemmas, and prospects of modern society in the west, seeking to build up an integrated analysis of the processes by which this kind of society developed over the past two centuries and continues to transform itself. Its larger aim is to help students develop a coherent frame­work with which to understand what kind of society they live in, what makes it the way it is, and how it shapes their lives. Some central themes (and controversies) will include the growth and transformations of capitalism; the significance of the democratic and industrial revolutions; the social impact of a market economy; the culture of individualism and its dilemmas; the transformations of intimacy and the family; mass politics and mass society; and the different kinds of inter­play between social structure and personal experience. No specific prerequisites, but some previous familiarity with modern European and American history and/or with social and political theory would be useful. Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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