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Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 
    
Undergraduate Record 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Course Descriptions


 

Politics-American Politics

  
  • PLAP 4180 - Political Advertising and American Democracy


    Explores the role of political advertising in American democracy. Examines ad messages as strategic political communications, analyzing both classic and contemporary ads. Explores the effects (if any) of political advertising on citizens’ attitudes and behavior.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4300 - Political Analysis


    Seminar examining basic issues in the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of political research. Familiarizes students with practical tools, such as quantitative analysis and computing skills, which enable them to carry out an original research project. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4301 - Politics of Mental Health


    A seminar examining the relationships between politics, policy and psychological well-being. Topics include institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, civil rights, mandated treatment, the role of government in service delivery and insurance coverage, social determinants of health, public opinion about mental health and illness. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4330 - Refoundings in American Politics


    This course examines the major reform movements in American history, from the Founding to the New Deal. Special attention will be devoted to the intellectual history of reform periods and to answering the question whether the social contract has been redefined periodically in American political history. Prerequisites: At least one course in PLAP.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4340 - American Political Leadership


    Studies the theory and practice of political leadership at the national level with comparisons to state, local, and foreign government. Includes leadership in different institutional and policy settings, techniques of leadership, types of leaders, bargaining among leaders, experience of specific leaders, and conditions and opportunities of leadership. Prerequisite: PLAP 1010 or instructor permission. Crosslisted with PPOL 4750



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4350 - Politics of Representation


    Focuses on understanding issues pertaining to political representation in the American context. Special attention is paid to understanding the relationship between members of Congress and their constituencies.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4360 - Campaigns and Elections


    Reviews and analyzes the techniques and technologies of modern American election campaigns. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4380 - The Politics of the Policy Process


    Analyzes cross-institutional and inter-level (federal/state/local) public policy processes. Emphasizes how domestic policy issues are defined and treated by executive and legislative units, as well as interest group involvement. Prerequisite: PLAP 1010 or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4400 - Power and Powerlessness


    This class is a study of political power. We will consider multiple dimensions of power and the consequences these dimensions of power have on who gets what. The course considers how power is distributed in American society and how power relationships have changed over time. Prerequisite: at least one course in PLAP or PLPT or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4410 - Development of the American Party System


    Focuses on the development of the political party system in the United States, from the late 18th Century through the present day. Examines why political parties emerged in the U.S., both in Congress and at the mass level; why particular parties like the Federalists and Whigs collapsed; and how different “party systems” have developed historically.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4420 - The Kennedy Half Century


    Political power is created in many ways, such as winning an election, facing down an enemy, or skillfully riding the waves of popular opinion. This class will examine the multi-faceted, political and social legacies of John F. Kennedy, along with the other nine occupants of the Oval Office since. Students will learn why and how political legacies are formed; how such influence persists; and whether/how it is will continue.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4430 - Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in American Politics


    Explores how citizenship laws, immigration policy, as well as legal treatment of minorities shaped the racial order. Investigates the contemporary role of minorities in politics, their relationship to the two parties, cross-racial coalitions, the limits and prospects for political inclusion, the racial divide in public opinion, as well as how new immigrants and multi-racialism are challenging the meaning of race in America. Prerequisite: prior course in PLAP.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4440 - Social Policy and the Politics of Inequality in the United States


    Investigates the political development of the American welfare state and offers competing perspectives on the causes and consequences of inequality in the United States. Examines how and why our social safety net is unique from other nations, public beliefs about income inequality and support for antipoverty measures, the implications of inequality for participation and influence, as well as consider several specific policies. Prerequisite: prior course in PLAP



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4450 - Virginia Elections and Politics


    This course will expose students to the scholarly literature on Virginia elections and the election data associated with these elections. Students will critically review the literature and use of a variety of analytical techniques, including GIS mapping software, to analyze both historical and recent elections in Virginia.Prior GIS expertise is not required for this course, but an elementary mastery of election data analysis and GIS mapping skill. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4500 - Special Topics in American Politics


    Investigates a selected issue in American government or American political development. Prerequisite: One course in PLAP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4600 - Voting Rights and Representation


    Studies empirical and normative issues of representative government, with special attention to what is meant by representation, what constitutes fair representation, and what institutions can best promote fair representation. Prerequisite: Two courses in Politics or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4601 - Democracy in America


    Democracy in America



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4650 - Economics, Values, and Public Policy


    Introduces economic concepts of special relevance to administrative and political decision making. Some attention is also given to critics of economic perspectives on public policy.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4700 - Racial Politics


    Racial Politics



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4710 - Values, Resources, and Public Policy


    Examines the political, economic, and ethical content of enduring domestic policy issues. Prerequisite: Any course in PLA, economics, or philosophy, or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4800 - Politics of the Environment


    Examines environmental issues that originate in, and that affect, the United States, including most forms of pollution and natural resource depletion.  Focuses on how political processes, economic factors, and social/cultural constructs affect environmental policymaking. Cross listed with ETP 4800. Prerequisite:  Course in ETP, Environmental Sciences or Politics.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4805 - American Political Development


    This courses studies political change and development of key institutions in American politics, including the presidency, courts, and Congress but also the development of the welfare state, the administrative state, the carceral state, and political parties and interest groups. Key themes include the role of the state in shaping citizens, the rise and fall of issues on the agenda, and the role of race in America’s exceptional development. Prerequisites: At leat one course in PLAP.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4810 - Class, Race, and the Environment


    Focuses on the intersections among class, race and the environment. The course goals are to achieve an understanding of central environmental policy issues, to consider what ‘class’ and ‘race’ mean, and to examine the distribution of environmental hazards across people of different classes and races. (Cross listed with ETP 4810)



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4830 - First Amendment


    Examines the constitutional law of the first amendment from the founding of the United States to the present. Considers and analyzes Supreme Court decisions and scholarly works. Prerequisite: PLAP 3820 or fourth-year government major.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4840 - Race and Constitution


    Examines the constitutional law of racial discrimination in the United States from the founding to the present. Considers Supreme Court decisions and congressional civil rights acts. (No CR/NC enrollees.) Prerequisite: PLAP 3810 or 3820, or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4841 - Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


    Explores the vexatious lines between the rights of individuals and those of the state in democratic society, focusing on such major issues as freedom of expression and worship; separation of church and state; criminal justice; the suffrage; privacy; and racial and gender discrimination. Focuses on the judicial process. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4850 - Seminar on Constitutional Law and Theory


    An examination of classic and contemporary theories, partial theories, and perspectives on constitutional interpretation.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4920 - Judicial Policymaking


    Examines the structure and process of judicial policymaking, focusing on agenda-setting, deciding cases and opinion writing, implementation, compliance, and impact. Particular attention is given to the United States Supreme Court and its relationship to lower federal and state courts and the political environment. Prerequisite: Nine credits in PLAP and instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAP 4990 - Honors Core Seminar in American Politics


    A critical analysis of important issues and works in American politics from diverse perspectives. Students are required to write weekly analytical essays and actively participate in small seminar discussions on issues including: the founding, parties and elections, public policy, federalism, the presidency, Congress, and the judicial system. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program.



    Credits: 9
  
  • PLAP 4999 - Senior Thesis


    Supervised work on a thesis in American politics for especially motivated students. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLAP and instructor permission.



    Credits: 3

Politics-Comparative Politics

  
  • PLCP 1010 - Introduction to Comparative Politics


    Provides a basis for understanding and explaining similarities and differences in the character of political life as observed in different settings. Issues include the political role of parties and interest groups, management of political conflict, establishment of legitimate political authority, and the consequences of federal and unitary systems of government.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 1500 - Topics Comparative Politics


    Topics courses within Comparative Politics



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 2010 - The Politics of Advanced Industrialized Countries


    Surveys politics in industrialized societies including Japan, North America, and Western Europe. Focuses on the rise of social movements in response to industrial and social change, the changing bases of political parties and democratic rule, attempts to manage increasingly international economies, and prospects for political cooperation and integration.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 2110 - Italy and European Politics


    This course explores the dynamics of Italian and European politics since the end of the Second World War. The main focus of the course is to look at specific political institutions (such as the party system, the Parliament, the Executive, the Courts, etc.) at both Italian and European levels. Political culture and the territorial distribution of power are also investigated.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 2420 - Politics of Modernity


    Introduces key analytical concepts used by Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Emile Durkeim in their analysis of how the development of modern society has shaped the nature of modern politics.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 2500 - Special Topics in Comparative Politics


    Special Topics in Comparative Politics.



    Credits: 1 to 6
  
  • PLCP 2600 - Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union


    This course is about Russia and the Soviet Union. It is designed to explore some of this country’s major political themes of the twentieth century through an understanding of Russia’s history, culture and politics.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 2700 - Indian Politics and Society


    The course provides an overview of key issues in the study of contemporary Indian politics. Particular attention is paid to the successes and challenges of Indian democracy. The course examines the historical background to the establishment of democracy; the evolution of political institutions and processes, and foreign and economic policy; and contemporary identity politics (including gender, religion and caste). Cross-listed with SAST 2700.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3000 - Gender and International Development


    Socio-economic development is universally applauded, but its consequences are uneven and often unintended. Women and men do not play the same roles in development nor are they affected in the same ways. In this course, we examinee the meaning of development and why it is controversial, paying particular attention to the ways in which men and women are affected differently by development process.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3001 - Religion and Politics


    Politic and religion may not be topics for polite company, but they are the link for our mutual exploration of culture, history and current events during voyage. Central to this exploration is an understanding of what I meant by religion and the multiple ways and its institution, such as religious structure sad n priestly orders. We will investigate the political implications of both the world views and the institutions.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3012 - The Politics of Developing Areas


    Surveys patterns of government and politics in non-Western political systems. Topics include political elites, sources of political power, national integration, economic development, and foreign penetration. This class replaces PLCP 2120 therefore you will not get credit for the course twice.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3020 - Modern Political Thought


    Examines the major theorists and theories of the modern period, with a concentration on the development of the liberal tradition and important critics of liberalism, with a special focus on the nature and meaning of freedom. Main authors covered are Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Bentham, Mill, and Marx.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3110 - The Politics of Western Europe


    Surveys political developments in selected Western European countries. Every two years, the course alternates between a focus on the historical development of European states and a focus on post-1945 developments in democratic stability, party systems, and political economy.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3120 - Politics and Political Economy of the Welfare State


    This seminar investigates the origins, expansion, and stabilization (or crisis - take your pick) of the welfare state in the rich OECD countries (North America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) focussing on why market and non-market based systems of social protection emerged and the roles played by states, labor market actors, and women’s groups.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3125 - Politics in Britain and America: a Comparative Perspective


    This course will provide an introduction to the comparative politics of the US and the UK. Attention will be given to similarities as well as differences, and the course will use comparative analysis to throw light on the political systems in both countries. Occasional reference will be made to other countries. No prior knowledge of British politics will be assumed, but prior knowledge of US politics will be.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3130 - Political Economy of Development


    Examines the political prerequisites (and impediments) to economic development, focusing on agricultural exporters in the 19th century and manufactured goods exporters in the 20th century. Draws on empirical material from North and South American, Europe, Asia and Africa. Prerequisite: PLIR 2050 or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3170 - Development,Conflict, and Democracy in Latin America


    Development, Conflict, and Democracy in Latin America



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3210 - Russian Politics


    Analyzes the political system of the former USSR and Russia from 1917 to the present. Focuses on evolution of the Soviet state, modernization and social change, efforts to reform the system, the collapse of the USSR, as well as the economic and political transformation taking place in the newly independent states. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Russia.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3240 - Post Soviet Political Challenges


    This course compares the origins and consequences of the rise of nationalism, separatism, secessions, and irredentist claims in the Russian Federation and other former Soviet republics, at the end of the Cold War. Prerequisite: one class in PLCP or permission of instructor.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3330 - Politics of Latin America


    This course provides an overview of politics in Latin America. Topics include the organization of the New World colonies, the legacies of the colonial period for development, the nature of political competition in Latin America’s newly independent states, import-substituting industrialization and populism, the emergence and eclipse of military regimes, the transition to democracy and free markets, and the performance of democracy.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3350 - Gender Politics in Comparative Perspective


    Focuses on the state and how power is gendered in the developing world. Topics include feminist methods and concepts, women in the military, nationalism, women’s movements, quotas, citizenship and globalization. Cross-listed with SWAG 3350.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3410 - Politics of the Middle East and North Africa


    Introduces contemporary political systems of the region stretching from Morocco to Iran. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of the Middle East.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3500 - Special Topics in Comparative Politics


    Analysis of selected issues and concepts in comparative politics.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3610 - Chinese Politics


    General introduction to Chinese politics in its societal context. Conveys a concrete appreciation of China’s societal reality and how it interacts with the political system. Covers China’s changing role in Asia and the world. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or the history of China.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3630 - Politics in India and Pakistan


    Surveys political development in India and Pakistan examining the process of nation-building, the causes of democratization and authoritarian rule, the development of ethnic and religious conflict, environmental politics, the political impact of cultural globalization, and gender-related political issues. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or study of history and society in South Asia.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 3640 - Women and Politics in South Asia


    This course examines the role of women in politics in the countries of South Asia (including India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) from the colonial to the modern period. Particular attention is paid to issues of democracy and authoritarian rule; identity politics (including religion, nationalism, and caste); political institutions and processes; and political violence. Cross-listed with SAST 3640.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4010 - Theories of Comparative Politics


    Critical examination and analysis of basic approaches to the study of political systems. Prerequisite: One course in PLCP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4020 - Southern European Politics


    Comprehensive survey of selected political systems in Southern Europe, such as France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Prerequisite: PLCP 2010, 3110, or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4050 - Origins of Legal Systems


    This course examines the origins of the common and civil law systems in Europe, and the relevance of such origins for contemporary issues. It aims to offer a fuller historical understanding of how these systems emerged in medieval Europe, so as to allow a critical perspective on the important modern theoretical literature, that of Legal Origins. Prerequisites: At least on PLIR course.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4060 - State-Emergence and State-Building


    The course examines the historical foundations of modern theories in social science on state-building. Most assumptions in the contemporary literature are explicitly or implicitly predicated on an understanding of the historical experience of the west. This understanding is often deeply flawed, leading to erroneous models and flawed assumptions in the scholarship on political development.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4110 - Seminar on European Politics


    In-depth analysis of the institutional structures and policy processes of selected political systems in Europe today. Focuses on legislatures, political executives, administrative bureaucracies and their interrelationships as they effect policymaking and policy implementation. Prerequisite: Graduate status or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4111 - States and Markets


    The course begins with an introduction to texts of classical liberal political economy and then examines both historical and theoretical scholarship on the emergence of markets in Europe from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. A revisionist view of the role of the state in the emergence of markets then informs a consideration of contemporary cases.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4120 - Rights, Identity and Gender


    Investigates the conflict over culture and women’s rights and examines a number of proposed solutions.  Issues addressed include the claims of minority communities in liberal states, marriage practices in Africa and U.S. domestic violence in India and female genital mutilations.  Cross-listed with SWAG 4240. Prerequisite:  One course in PLCP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4130 - Capitalisms Compared


    How does state intervention differ in the three largest advanced industrial economies? Do these differences matter? Does one country have a decisive ‘competitive edge’? This course tries to answer these questions by looking at how variations in the institutions and processes the state uses to regulate the economy affect labor productivity, technological innovation, and thus ultimately international competitiveness.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4140 - Democracy and Dictatorship


    Surveys and critically evaluates theories of origins of democratic and authoritarian governments, and the causes of subsequent transitions to, and away from, democratic regimes. Prerequisite: One course in PLCP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4150 - Comparative Public Policy


    Investigates why policies in areas like social welfare, education, and trade differ across time and across countries in advanced industrialized nations.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4160 - Rationality and Collective Action


    Collective action, that is, the ability of individuals to coalesce in groups with some common purpose, is at the heart of most political phenomena from social movements and revolutions, to lobbying and voting. In this course we shall engage critically different theoretical approaches to this topic placing special, but far from exclusive, emphasis on the rational-choice paradigm and the criticisms it has received.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4180 - Politics of the Holocaust


    An introduction of major competing explanations for the Nazi genocide of Europe’s Jews, and critical consideration of those theories. Also examines other major genocides of the 20th century.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4200 - Comparative Legislatures


    Examines how and why legislators and legislative parties make the decisions they do. Compares legislative decision-making processes and outcomes in a variety of institutional settings. Prerequisite: At least two courses at the 3000 level in American politics and/or comparative politics.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4201 - Comparative Political Parties


    Examines political parties in a variety of institutional and socioeconomic settings, focusing on parties in the democratic political systems of Europe, the United States, and Japan.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4210 - Comparative Elections and Voting


    Examines the conditions necessary for democratic elections, the impact of electoral systems and rules on political representation and behavior, the role of political parties and the media in election campaigns, and the determinants of election outcomes and voting behavior in elections around the world.  One PLCP course or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4220 - Comparative Budgeting and Economic Policy


    Comparative Budgeting and Economic Policy



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4250 - Politics of Economic Reform


    A wave of economic change has swept across countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe over the last 15 years. The unfolding of these changes has been structured by and, in turn, has shaped the politics of the countries in which they have occurred. Formulates an analytical framework for understanding the politics of economic reform. Studies cases in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Prerequisite: Previous course in PLCP, PLIR, or economics is recommended.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4260 - Origins of Legal Systems


    Political scientists and economists have explored the importance of legal systems for economic and political development, especially for property rights and institutions. But the causal logic of such theories is marred by a poor understanding of the origins and preconditions of legal systems. Course compares the historical origins of common and civil law traditions in medieval Europe, to offer better microfoundations for these theories.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4350 - Gender and the Public Sphere


    What are the different roles of women and men in public life, how have they changed over time, and how does this shape emancipatory political struggles? We investigate these questions through political theory and a wide-array of case studies, including the French Revolution, colonial Africa and Indonesia, modern China, and the contemporary US. Cross-listed with SWAG 4350.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4400 - Institutions and Democracy in Latin America


    This course examines the causes and consequences of variation in democratic institutional structure in contemporary Latin America. We study how institutions such as presidentialism, electoral rules, federalism, party systems, and the legal system contribute to outcomes such as political instability, legislative representation, clientelism and corruption, citizen security, and overall support for democracy. Prerequisite: prior course in PLCP.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4410 - Nation Building in Iraq


    Intensive study of America’s role in the political and economic reconstruction of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Analysis of the nation-building project in historical (earlier efforts at Iraqi nation-building) and comparative (earlier American efforts at occupation-based nation-building) perspective.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4412 - The Idea of Development


    Offers a historical survey of how the idea of development that crystallized during the European enlightenment became “hegemonic” after WWII and during the process of de-colonization. Also reflects on how development came to express the ideological struggles of the cold war and whether it acquired a “new life” in the aftermath of the collapse of communism and the advent of “globalization.” Prerequisites: prior course in PLCP.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4430 - Politics of Corruption


    An examination of the causes and consequences of corruption around the world. Assesses the impact of corruption on political and economic development and explores the relationship between corruption and factors such as culture, institutions, economic policies, and natural resources. Prerequisite: PLCP 1010, PLCP 2120 or permission of instructor



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4440 - Culture and Human Rights


    Disagreement over culture and human rights is intense. At its worst, this controversy has led cultural conservatives in the Global South to label human rights as imperialist, cultural conservatives in the Global North to reject minority rights as threats to national unity and social democrats, feminists and sexuality rights activists to attack culture as irredeemably retrograde and oppressive.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4500 - Special Topics in Comparative Politics


    Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in comparative government. Prerequisite: One course in PLCP or instructor permission.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4652 - Markets, Inequality, and the Politics of Development


    Examination of how politics affects the historical development of markets and the impact of inequality on the development of markets and economic development more generally.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4660 - States and Markets: History and Theory


    Analysis of the historical and conceptual foundations of theories of the relation of states and markets. Questions the historical accounts and liberal assumptions of western development that shape social science, with the aim of providing a more analytical understanding of contemporary theories. Readings range from a close reading of Adam Smith to a historical study of European economic development to approaches to the developing world.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4730 - Politics of Japan


    Surveys contemporary Japanese society and political behavior including such topics as political culture, interest groups, political parties, parliamentary democracy, decision-making, and public policy. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Japan.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4810 - Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa


    Studies the government and politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Includes the colonial experience and the rise of African nationalism; the transition to independence; the rise and fall of African one-party states; the role of the military in African politics; the politics of ethnicity, nation- and state-building; patromonialism and patron-client relations; development problems faced by African regimes, including relations with external actors; and the political future of Southern Africa. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Africa.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4830 - Modern South African Politics


    Examines twentieth-century South African politics with a focus on the rise and fall of apartheid, in the context of the historical circumstances that produced it, the personal experiences of South Africans under apartheid, the local and international networks and movements of opposition it generated, and its enduring legacies. Prerequisite: HIAF 3021 or at least one course in economics, African history, political economy/development, or African literature.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4840 - Gender Politics in Africa


    Investigates the ways social structures and institutions shape gender in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on the state. Topics include gender in the pre-colonial and colonial era, contemporary African women’s movements, women in politics, development, HIV/AIDS and sexuality.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLCP 4990 - Honors Core Seminar in Comparative Politics


    A critical analysis of important issues and works in comparative politics from diverse perspectives. Students are required to write weekly analytical essays and actively participate in small seminar discussions on issues including: democratic and authoritarian regimes, political economy of development, and ethnic and religious conflict. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program



    Credits: 9
  
  • PLCP 4999 - Senior Thesis


    Supervised work on a thesis in comparative politics for especially motivated students. Prerequisite: Three courses in PLCP and instructor permission.



    Credits: 3

Politics-Departmental Seminar

  
  • PLAD 1500 - Introductory Seminar in Politics


    Introduces the discipline of political science through intensive study of the political dimensions of a selected topic. Prerequisite: open to first- and second-year students; only one PLAD seminar per student.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 2222 - Research Methods


    This course is an introduction to political science research methods. We will address basic principles of research design and data analysis, including hypothesis testing, measurement, case selection and data gathering. What are the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods? How can we improve our ability to draw inferences from data? Our goals are to learn how to ask good questions and to consider different approaches to answering them.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 2240 - The Myth and Reality of Espionage


    Provides insight into the world of espionage by comparing great works of spy literature to real cases of espionage.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 2500 - Special Topics in Politics


    Special Topics in Politics



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 4960 - Thesis for Distinguished Majors Program


    American Politics Prerequisite: Admission into the department’s Distinguished Majors Program.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 4961 - Thesis Seminar for Distinguished Majors Program Part 2


    Part two of the Politics Department Distinguished Majors thesis seminar.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 4990 - Honors Proseminar on Research Design and Thesis Writing


    A critical analysis of important issues in political analysis and research design from diverse perspectives. Issues include: framing research questions, causal analysis, rational choice, comparative historical institutionalism, interpretivism, case studies, and quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to Politics Honors Program



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLAD 4999 - Senior Thesis


    Supervised work on a thesis for Honors students Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Politics Honors Program



    Credits: 3

Politics-International Relations

  
  • PLIR 1010 - International Relations


    Studies the geographic, demographic, economic, and ideological factors conditioning the policies of states, and the methods and institutions of conflict and adjustment among states, including the functions of power, diplomacy, international law and organization.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLIR 1558 - Topics in Global Studies


    This course, offered on voyages of the Semester at Sea, introduces students to the historical, political, economic, and cultural forces shaping the world, with a particular focus on the nations visited during the voyage.



    Credits: 3
  
  • PLIR 2020 - Foreign Policies of the Powers


    Comparative analysis of the content and definition of foreign policies of select states in historical and contemporary periods.



    Credits: 3
 

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