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Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
POLS B131-001Introduction to Comparative PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall GFenner,S.
POLS B141-001Introduction to International PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300Allen,M.
POLS B220-001Topics in Constitutional Law and Theory: First Amendment and EqualitySemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHEnglish House Lecture HallSnell,S.
POLS B245-001Philosophy of LawSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBettws Y Coed 127Elkins,J.
POLS B251-001Democracy, Politics and the MediaSemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHGoodhart Hall BWalter,D.
POLS B256-001Global Politics of Climate ChangeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWDalton Hall 2Hager,C.
POLS B339-001Policy Making in a DemocracySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 212EGolden,M.
POLS B367-001China and the World: Implications of China's RiseSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 212EOh,S.
POLS B371-001Topics in Political Philosophy: JusticeSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 6Schlosser,J.
POLS B372-001Comparative Democratic InstitutionsSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15Fenner,S.
POLS B381-001NietzscheSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomElkins,J.
POLS B391-001International Political EconomySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCollege Hall 118Allen,M.
POLS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
POLS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ECON B385-001Democracy and DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 25Rock,M.
PHIL B238-001Science, Technology and the Good LifeSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall FDostal,R.
SOCL B262-001Public OpinionSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWEnglish House Lecture HallWright,N.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
POLS B121-001Introduction to American PoliticsSemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300Golden,M.
POLS B228-001Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early ModernSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 1Schlosser,J.
POLS B243-001African and Caribbean Perspectives in World PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 2Allen,M.
POLS B249-001Politics of Economic DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 2Oh,S.
POLS B283-001Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119Fenner,S.
POLS B290-001Power and ResistanceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 1Schlosser,J.
POLS B320-001Topics in Greek Political Philosophy: Ethics/Politics: Aristotle Then and NowSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 25Salkever,S.
POLS B334-001Three Faces of Chinese Power: Money, Might, and MindsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TDalton Hall 212EOh,S.
POLS B360-001Islam and PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TDalton Hall 2Fenner,S.
POLS B399-001Senior EssaySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 212ADept. staff, TBA
POLS B399-002Senior EssaySemester / 1
PHIL B225-001Global Ethical IssuesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWBell,M.
PHIL B240-001Environmental EthicsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall GDostal,R.

Fall 2018

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

2017-18 Catalog Data

POLS B121 Introduction to American Politics
Spring 2018
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017-18
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.
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POLS B213 Political Economy of Human Rights
Not offered 2017-18
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
Section 001 (Fall 2017): First Amendment and Equality
Fall 2017
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.
Current topic description: Through a reading of Supreme Court cases and secondary materials, this course examines central questions concerning the nature of judicial review, and the meaning and significance of some core constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, religion, and equal protection of the laws.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B224 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West"
Not offered 2017-18
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
Spring 2018
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
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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
Spring 2018
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
Fall 2017
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
Spring 2018
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. Prerequisite: Freshman can enroll after they have taken 100 level courses in social science and after getting instructor permission.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B251 Democracy, Politics and the Media
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Global Era
Fall 2017
The last election cycle has seen political candidates using various media to interact with voters, to persuade them to vote to one candidate or dissuade them from voting for another. From printed targeted advertising, to TV ads, social media posts, political satire, televised debates, and automated calls, media have been a key component in both parties' campaign strategy. This relationship between the media and the political arena, however, is not a new phenomenon, and the field of political communication has been exploring it for nearly a century, drawing on various fields from political science and psychology to computer science, sociology and more. This course is aimed at introducing students to this rich area of research, providing an overview of the various facets of the discipline, from media effects theories such as cognitive dissonance, framing and priming to critical, cultural, and normative theories on the role of the media in modern democracy. Most importantly, class discussions will examine current political issues (such as social protests, foreign affairs coverage, political campaigns, social media and political entertainment) exploring whether these older theories and approaches are still relevant in a media landscape so different (in quantity and quality) from the one in which they were originated - and what can we learn from them about modern political phenomena.

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POLS B256 Global Politics of Climate Change
Fall 2017
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 2017-18
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.
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POLS B273 Race and the Law in the American Context
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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POLS B283 Introduction to the Politics of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
Spring 2018
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B290 Power and Resistance
Spring 2018
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. Writing Intensive.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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POLS B291 Arts of Freedom
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Ethics/Politics: Aristotle Then and Now
Spring 2018
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
Not offered 2017-18
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.
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B324 Politics of the Arab Uprisings
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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POLS B334 Three Faces of Chinese Power: Money, Might, and Minds
Spring 2018
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. This is a senior seminar. Prerequisite: two courses either in Political Science or East Asian Languages and Culture. Junior or Senior Standing required.

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POLS B339 Policy Making in a Democracy
Fall 2017
This course examines the processes by which we make and implement public policy in the United States, and the institutions and actors involved in those processes. The aim of the course is to increase our understanding of how these institutions and actors interact and the roles that science and evidence play in the policy making process.Examples will includescience and education policy. Counts as POLS 300-level pre-thesis seminar. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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POLS B339 Race, Ethnicity, & Politics in the U.S.
Not offered 2017-18
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 B350 Politics and Equality
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements: Power and Mobilization
Not offered 2017-18
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
Not offered 2017-18
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.

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POLS B360 Islam and Politics
Spring 2018
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 B283 or instructor consent.
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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POLS B367 China and the World: Implications of China's Rise
Fall 2017
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. This is a senior seminar, and a previous course in comparative politics, international relations or East Asian studies is required. It also serves as a thesis prep course for political science majors. Prerequisite: junior or senior.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B371 Topics in Political Philosophy
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Justice
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Liberalism: Origins and Challenges
Fall 2017
An advanced seminar on a topic in political or legal philosophy/theory. Topics vary by year. This course fulfills the 300-level thesis prep course to be taken in the fall semester of the senior year by political science majors. It is also open to non-seniors and other majors. Prerequisite: At least one course in political theory or philosophy or consent of instructor.
Current topic description: Topics in Pol Theory on "Justice" with thesis component

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POLS B372 Comparative Democratic Institutions
Fall 2017
This course examines the emergence of democratic institutions. We will consider differences between parliamentary and presidential systems, between different electoral systems, and different systems for power sharing such as federalism and consociationalism. Particular attention will be paid to the process of democratization from authoritarian regimes, especially in the developing world. Counts as a 300-level thesis prep course for Political Science Seniors.

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POLS B374 Education Politics & Policy
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B391 International Political Economy
Fall 2017
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.
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
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 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
Spring 2018
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
Fall 2017
"Science, Technology, and the Good Life" considers the relation of science and technology to each other and to everyday life, particularly with respect to questions of ethics and politics. In this course, we try to get clear about how we understand these domains and their interrelationships in our contemporary world. We try to clarify the issues relevant to these questions by looking at the contemporary debates about the role of automation and digital media and the problem of climate change. These debates raise many questions including: the appropriate model of scientific inquiry (is there a single model for science?, how is science both experimental and deductive?, is science merely trial and error?, is science objective?, is science value-free?), the ideological standing of science (has science become a kind of ideology?), the autonomy of technology (have the rapidly developing technologies escaped our power to direct them?), the politics of science (is science somehow essentially democratic?, and are "scientific" cultures more likely to foster democracy?, or is a scientific culture essentially elitist and autocratic?), the relation of science to the formation of public policy (experts rule?, are we in or moving toward a technocracy?), the role of technology and science in the process of modernization, Westernization, and globalization (what role has science played in industrialization and what role does it now play in a post-industrial world?). To find an appropriate way to consider these questions, we look at the pairing of science with democracy in the Enlightenment project and study contemporary work in the philosophy of science, political science, and ethics.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Environmental Studies

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PHIL B240 Environmental Ethics
Spring 2018
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 2017-18
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 2017-18
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.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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PSYC B358 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict
Not offered 2017-18
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 B262 Public Opinion
Fall 2017
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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SOCL B317 Comparative Social Policy: Cuba, China, US, Scandinavia
Not offered 2017-18
This course will examine different countries' policy choices to address different societal challenges. Four societal types - socialist (Cuba), post-socialist (China), capitalist (US), and social-democratic (Scandinavia) - will be studies to help us understand how these different kinds of societies conceive of social problems and propose and implement attempted solutions. We will examine particular problems/solutions in four domains: health/sports; education; environment; technological development. As we explore these domains, we will attend to methodological issues involved in making historical and institutional comparisons
Counts toward Counts toward Education
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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