Graduate Courses

POLS W3545x Comparative Democratic Politics 3 pts. Prerequisites: A statistical methods course such as POLS W3704, POLS W3720, POLS W3721, POLS W4910 or equivalent, as well as the ability to use (or willingness to learn) Stata. This course focuses on the comparative study of democratic political processes, and in particular to the role that formal institutional arrangements play in shaping strategic political behavior. In part I, the course examines the major themes in the comparative institutions literature, such as the impact of electoral laws on party systems, presidential versus parliamentary government, majoritarian and representational approaches in parliamentary systems, federalism, the design of judicial systems, etc. In part II, we examine how the nature of democratic institutions influences various types of outcomes, including political stability, political accountability, and economic policy.

POLS W4133x Political Thought - Classical and Medieval 4 pts. Prerequisites: Contemporary Civilization or a comparable introduction to political theory course. In this course, we will read classical and medieval writings that span multiple linguistic, historic and religious contexts. The goal is to explore similar notions of the just world that span these varied writings, from Plato's Republic to Zoroastrian and Early Islamic writings on just rule. Such similarities will highlight how some of these works represent cultural amalgams that blend Greek, Persian and Arabic elements. Yet, we will also consider how these writings differ and how their authors constructed them to respond to their unique political concerns. Throughout this course, we will consider how authors drew upon their foreign status, as aliens, outsiders, or clients to conquering tribes, to transform politics. And we will ask why these authors invoke and re-imagine particular models of the just world to represent their ideal notions of sovereignty, equity and justice. In the end, we will question how the foreign roots of ancient and medieval thought can help us fathom the basic underpinnings of founding documents today.

POLS W4134y Modern Political Thought 4 pts. Interpretations of civil society and the foundations of political order according to the two main traditions of political thought--contraction and Aristotelian. Readings include works by Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Saint-Simon, Tocqueville, Marx, and Mill.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4134
POLS
4134
14131
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MW 11:40a - 12:55p
404 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
N. Urbinati 36 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4209y Game Theory and Political Theory 4 pts. Application of noncooperative game theory to strategic situations in politics. Solution concepts, asymmetric information, incomplete information, signaling, repeated games, and folk theorems. Models drawn from elections, legislative strategy, interest group politics, regulation, nuclear deterrence, international relations, and tariff policy.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4209
POLS
4209
18327
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MW 8:40a - 9:55a
411 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Morelli 25 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4210x Research Topics in Game Theory 4 pts. Prerequisites: POLS W4209 or Instructor's Permission. Advanced topics in game theory will cover the study of repeated games, games of incomplete information and principal-agent models with applications in the fields of voting, bargaining, lobbying and violent conflict. Results from the study of social choice theory, mechanism design and auction theory will also be treated. The course will concentrate on mathematical techniques for constructing and solving games. Students will be required to develop a topic relating political science and game theory and to write a formal research paper. Prerequisite: W4209 or instructor's permission.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4210
POLS
4210
13909
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MW 4:10p - 5:25p
402 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Ting 9 [ More Info ]

POLS W4226x American Politics and Social Welfare Policy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. The politics and development of the American welfare state. Study and analysis of the origins and growth of domestic social programs that provide income support (welfare and Social Security), employment opportunities, health care, and protection against poverty.

POLS G4240x Great Books on Race, Politics & Society 4 pts. This seminar introduces students to classic works on race, social science, and public policy. The course will explore how social scientists have defined and constructed the conditions of black communities and how those definitions and constructions have varied and influenced policy debates over time. Students are required to write an original research paper on a policy area that examines the tensions between individual and structural explanations for the persistence of racial inequality.

POLS W4270x A Free Press for a Global Society 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. A Free Press for a Global Society examines both the U.S. experience in developing a system of freedom of the press and the international experience as well. The course will then consider how a more integrated system might evolve over the coming decades. This is a pressing issue, for individual nations and for the worldwide community, because the increased interconnectedness of the global economy, the rise of global problems (such as climate change and financial regulation), and the emergence of technologies that make global communication possible all depend upon a free flow of information and ideas. Students will undertake in depth examinations of First Amendment law, international treaties and principles, public policies affecting the press, and a range of perspectives on these issues. Miklós Haraszti, former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, will co-teach the course with President Lee C. Bollinger. Guest speakers will be invited to address the class. Students are invited to participate in a variety of ways in the conference of the same name held in November.

POLS W4291y Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research 4 pts. Instruction in methods for models that have dependent variables that are not continuous, including dichotomous and polychotomous response models, models for censored and truncated data, sample selection models and duration models.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4291
POLS
4291
68502
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TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
303 HAMILTON HALL
G. Wawro 16 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4292x Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel & Time-Series Cross-Section Data 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This course covers methods for models for repeated observations data. These kinds of data represent tremendous opportunities as well as formidable challenges for making inferences. The course will focus on how to estimate models for panel and time-series cross-section data. Topics covered include fixed effects, random effects, dynamic panel models, random coefficient models, and models for qualitative dependent variables.

POLS W4321y The Constitutional Law of Presidential-Congressional Relations 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Examines the constitutional issues involved in presidential-congressional relations, including assertions of presidential emergency powers, control of the administrative agencies, congressional investigations and the independent counsel, and the constitutional law of presidential diplomatic and war powers.

POLS W4360x Mathematical Methods for Political Science 4 pts. Provides students of political science with a basic set of tools needed to read, evaluate, and contribute in research areas that increasingly utilize sophisticated mathematical techniques.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4360
POLS
4360
12362
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MW 6:10p - 7:25p
318 HAMILTON HALL
J. Urpelainen 5 [ More Info ]

POLS W4365y Design & Analysis of Sample Surveys 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Basic statistics and regression analysis (for example: POLS 4911, STAT 2024 or 4315, SOCI 4075, etc.) Survey sampling is central to modern social science. We discuss how to design, conduct, and analyze surveys, with a particular focus on public opinion surveys in the United States.

POLS W4368y Experimental Research: Design, Analysis & Interpretation 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: One or two semesters of statistics; basic understanding of probability, hypothesis testing, and regression are assumed. Basic familiarity with statistical softward (Stata and R) is helpful but not required. In this course, we will discuss the logic of experimentation, its strengths and weaknesses compared to other methodologies, and the ways in which experimentation has been -- and could be -- used to investigate social phenomena. Students will learn how to interpret, design, and execute experiments.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4368
POLS
4368
60664
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TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
603 HAMILTON HALL
D. Green 28 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS G4371x Lab Experiments & Formal Theories 4 pts. Prerequisites: POLS W4209 OR POLS W4210

POLS W4401y Europe After Lisbon 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: The course is open to MA students in European Studies and to undergraduates who have completed either the introductory course in Comparative Politics (V1501) or the introductory course in International Relations (V1601). Other students may be included at the instructor's discretion. This course takes as its starting point the latest constitutional "statement" from the European Union, the Lisbon Treaty which took effect in December 2009, and is designed to give qualified undergraduates and Master's students an understanding of contemporary politics and institutions as they are experienced within Europe today. Because scholarship on both Europe and the European Union is constantly evolving, the course is marked by a focus on readings from the contemporary literature and by references to online information data sets that will permit you to undertake your own research.

POLS G4406y Politics in Contemporary China 4 pts. This course will be taught in Chinese.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G4406
POLS
4406
98653
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Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
405 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
B. Zhang 14 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS W4406x Democracy & Institutional Change in Latin America 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: POLS V1501 or an introductory course in Latin American politics. The purpose of this course is it to analyze the central features of new democratic regimes in Latin America and the institutional transformations they have experienced since 1978. The course is divided into three sections: democracy and political institutions, performance and quality of democracy, and institutional reform.

POLS G4407x Nine Thought Trends in China 3 pts. Prerequisites: Fluency in Chinese (the course will be taught in Chinese, and a large number of readings will be in Chinese). This is an elective course designed for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the contemporary politics in China. The course focuses on nine major thought trends in China today that include 1) the Liberalism; 2) the New Authoritarianism; 3) the New Left; 4) Mao Left; 5) the Democratic Group within the Communist Party; 6) Governing through Confucian Theory; 7) Constitutional Socialism; 8) the so-called " Neither-Left and Nor-Right " Governing Theory; and 9) the New Nationalism Calling Tough Foreign Policies. China is deep in the social and political transition process, and the thoughts and actions of intellects themself have formed an important part in this transition. In this sense, the course not only helps understand the thoughts of intellects, but also better help understand today's China affairs as a whole.

POLS W4411y Politics and Society of Central Asia 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4411
POLS
4411
76997
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TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
414 PUPIN LABORATORIES
N. Contessi 22 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS W4411y Politics and Society of Central Asia 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Since emerging as an independent region, Central Asia has become increasingly important in world politics. Yet, it remains somewhat difficult to situate as an object of study due to its multiple identities: geographical, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia; sociocultural, Muslim Russian-speaking Turkic peoples with Asian traits and traditions; political, straddling Western and Asian institutional forms domestically, and contiguous to Europe, Asia, Russia, and the greater Middle East internationally. Taking stock of this multiplicity, this introductory course adopts an area approach, drawing from various disciplinary fields to shed light on Central Asia's many facets. Accordingly, it is divided into three blocks respectively focusing on the region's history and geography, socio-cultural characteristics, politics and international relations.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4411
POLS
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76997
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TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
414 PUPIN LABORATORIES
N. Contessi 22 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS W4445x Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Comparative analysis of regime types, political development and political decay, nation-state building, and the role of political groups in the Middle East and North Africa.

POLS W4461x Latin American Politics 3 pts. Comparative theoretical and empirical analysis of political development and regime change in the region through close study of the interrelated nature of polity, society, and economy in selected cases.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4461
POLS
4461
69349
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TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
602 HAMILTON HALL
M. Murillo 69 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS G4471x Chinese Politics 4 pts. An introduction to the politics of the People's Republic of China since 1978 that examines why and how a Leninist system attempts to reform and the consequences. Topics covered include one party rule, market transition, property rights, and grassroots democracy among many others.

POLS G4472x Japanese Politics 4 pts. Surveys key features of the Japanese political system, with focus on political institutions and processes. Themes include party politics, bureaucratic power, the role of the Diet, voting behavior, the role of the state in the economy, and the domestic politics of foreign policy.

POLS W4476x Korean Politics 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This course examines both North and South Korea's politics and foreign policy. The course will survey the Korean peninsula's modern history from Japanese colonialism, partition and the establishment of two separate Koreas, Cold War politics, the Korean War, and South Korea's democracy movement to the present-day North Korean nuclear crisis. Since the division of the Korean peninsula in 1945, South Korea has developed into one of the largest trading nations in the world with a vibrant democratic polity. North Korea, isolated, destitute, and now ruled by a third-generation hereditary dictatorship, has descended into a perpetually aid-dependent state that maintains internal control through extreme repression. What does the future hold for the two Koreas? Special attention will be given to the North's strategy of brinkmanship, the implications of possible regime collapse, and an analysis of U.S. North Korea policy.

POLS G4491y Post-Soviet States and Markets 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Recommended preparation: some familiarity with Communist or post-Communist states. Considers the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and the challenge of building new political and economic systems in the post-Communist space. Evaluates contending theories of markets, transitions, constitutions, federalism, and democratic institutions. Primary focus on the post-Soviet states, with some reference to Eastern Europe and China.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G4491
POLS
4491
71196
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Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
405 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
T. Frye 17 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4496y Contemporary African Politics 4 pts. Prerequisite: POLS V1501 or the equivalent, or the instructor's permission. Topics include the transition from colonialism to independence, ethnic and class relations, the state, strategies for development, international influences, and case studies of selected countries.

POLS G4610y Recent Continental Political Thought 4 pts. This course will compare and contrast the theories of the political, the state,freedom, democracy, sovereignty and law, in the works of the following key 20th and 21st century continental theorists: Arendt, Castoriadis, Foucault, Habermas, Kelsen, Lefort, Schmitt, and Weber.It will be taught in seminar format.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G4610
POLS
4610
25084
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
405A INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Cohen 7 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS G4612x Contemporary Continental Political Thought 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Discussion of the views of some representative figures including Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Lenin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Habermas, Lyotard, and Foucault.

POLS G4613x Politics & Religion 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This course will consider the ways in which the state, constitutional law and religion in liberal constitutional democracies have been articulated, justified and now challenged by political religion. We focus on developments in the U.S. but will consider European examples when relevant. The impact of political religion on state sovereignty, democratic legitimacy and gender equality will be analyzed.

POLS G4626x Global Justice & Democracy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Traditionally theories of justice and democracy have assumed the sovereign state as the relevant context and referent. Today many issues and claims of injustice transcend the sovereign state as do the regulatory responses to them. What is the appropriate context of justice today and how can claims to sovereignty, political autonomy, and self determination mesh with human rights claims and demands for global justice? Is it meaningful to speak of global democracy? How does the globalisation of law and politics affect domestic democracy? This course will consider the relevant literature on these questions.

POLS W4808y Weapons, Strategy & War 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. An examination of how the interrelationships among military technology, strategy, foreign policy, and the cultural ethos have shaped warfare from the introduction of gunpowder to the present; special attention to selected cases from World Wars I and II and the development of US strategy for nuclear weapons.

POLS W4820y International Relations of a Post-Western World 3 pts. International Relations Prerequisites: POLS 1601 or an equivalent introductory course in International Politics; an introductory course in Economics or international finance is recommended for background, but not required. Examines emerging challenges to the Western-built order of international politics, including emerging powers and the Bretton Woods economic institutions, the reslience of the US-led security system, and the contestation of Western values issues such as human rights and democracy promotion. Focus on Eurasia, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4820
POLS
4820
04024
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
LL103 Diana Center
A. Cooley 26 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS G4845y National Security Strategies of the Middle East: A Comparative Perspective 4 pts. At the crossroads of three continents, the Middle East is home to many diverse peoples, with ancient and proud cultures, in varying stages of political and socio-economic development, often times in conflict. Now in a state of historic flux, the Arab Spring has transformed the Middle Eastern landscape, with great consequence for the national security strategies of the countries of the region and their foreign relations. The primary source of the world's energy resources, the Middle East remains the locus of the terror-WMD-fundamentalist nexus, which continues to pose a significant threat to both regional and international security. The course surveys the national security challenges facing the region's primary players (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinians and Turkey, Jordan) and how the revolutions of the past year will affect them. Unlike many Middle East courses, which focus on US policy in the region, the course concentrates on the regional players' perceptions of the threats and opportunities they face and on the strategies they have adopted to deal with them. It thus provides an essential vantage point for all those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of a region, which stands at the center of many of the foreign policy issues of our era. The course is designed for those with a general interest in the Middle East, especially those interested in national security issues, students of comparative politics and future practitioners, with an interest in "real world" international relations and national security.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G4845
POLS
4845
26728
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M 6:10p - 8:00p
410 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
C. Freilich 34 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4871y Chinese Foreign Policy 3 pts. The course describes the major elements of Chinese foreign policy today, in the context of their development since 1949. We seek to understand the security-based rationale of policy as well as other factors - organizational, cultural, perceptual, and so on - that influence Chinese foreign policy. We analyze decision-making processes that affect Chinese foreign policy, China's relations with various countries and regions, Chinese policy toward key functional issues in international affairs, how the rise of China is affecting global power relations, and how other actors are responding. The course pays attention to the application of international relations theories to the problems we study, and also takes an interest in policy issues facing decision-makers in China as well as those facing decision-makers in other countries who deal with China.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4871
POLS
4871
22793
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MW 2:40p - 3:55p
501 SCHERMERHORN HALL
A. Nathan 116 / 170 [ More Info ]

POLS W4895x War, Peace, and Strategy 4 pts. Survey of the causes of war and peace, functions of military strategy, interaction of political ends and military means. Emphasis on 20th-century conflicts; nuclear deterrence; economic, technological, and moral aspects of strategy; crisis management; and institutional norms and mechanisms for promoting stability.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4895
POLS
4895
66234
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MW 11:40a - 12:55p
614 SCHERMERHORN HALL
R. Betts 75 [ More Info ]

POLS W4910x Principles of Quantitative Political Research 4 pts. Introduction to the use of quantitative techniques in political science and public policy. Topics include descriptive statistics and principles of statistical inference and probability through analysis of variance and ordinary least-squares regression. Computer applications are emphasized.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4910
POLS
4910
17621
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TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
R. Shapiro 59 / 60 [ More Info ]

POLS W4911y Analysis of Political Data 4 pts. Prerequisite: POLS W4910 or the equivalent. Multivariate and time-series analysis of political data. Topics include time-series regression, structural equation models, factor analysis, and other special topics. Computer applications are emphasized.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS W4911
POLS
4911
14367
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TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
702 HAMILTON HALL
R. Shapiro 36 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS W4912x Multivariate Political Analysis 4 pts. Prerequisites: Basic data analysis and knowledge of basic calculus and matrix algebra OR concurrent enrollment in POLS W4360. More mathematical treatment of topics covered in POLS W4910 and W4911. Covers fundamentals of probability and statistics and examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. Examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. More mathematical treatment of topics covered in POLS W4911.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS W4912
POLS
4912
81279
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
414 PUPIN LABORATORIES
B. Goodrich 0 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS G6210x Issues and Debates In American Politics 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. This graduate student field survey provides an overview of the scholarly study of American politics. The course has been designed for students who intend to specialize in American politics, as well as for those students whose primary interests are comparative politics, international relations, or political theory, but who desire an intensive introduction to the "American" style of political science. Instructor permission is required before registration. Please contact the instructors for more information.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G6210
POLS
6210
15652
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Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Phillips 0 / 0 [ More Info ]

POLS G6404x Issues and Methods In Comparative Politics 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required. A survey of the major issues and methods of comparative politics. In examining the major theoretical puzzles and approaches in the subfield, the course introduces students to major texts and contending theories in the field.

POLS G6411x-G6412y Comparative Politics Survey I 4 pts. These two graduate level seminars are designed to introduce students to many of the main questions motivating research in comparative politics. The courses are not designed as exercises in intellectual history, although some "classics" are included. They are also not designed to teach particular approaches or methods in the study of comparative politics, although many such approaches and methods are included in the readings. Instead, they are designed to give students a sense of what we "know" today about the answers to some major questions that animate the subfield and to encourage students to develop the analytical skills, substantive knowledge, and theoretical insights necessary to make their own contributions to comparative politics and political science. Comparative Politics Survey II builds on the topics developed Comparative Politics Survey I, but can easily be taken before taking Comparative Politics Survey I. Topics to be covered in the surveys include among others, institutions, culture, parties, violence, collective action, economic development, bureaucracy, regimes and regime change, the welfare state, corruption and political behavior.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G6412
POLS
6412
69066
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M 11:00a - 12:50p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
T. Frye 17 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS G6411
POLS
6411
29423
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
501B INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Humphreys 5 [ More Info ]

POLS G6601x Issues In Political Theory 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required for registration. A survey of selected issues and debates in political theory. Areas of the field discussed include normative political philosophy, history of political thought, and the design of political and social institutions.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G6601
POLS
6601
23996
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Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
TBA
D. Johnston 1 [ More Info ]

POLS G6801x Theories of International Relations 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required to register. Issues and problems in theory of international politics; systems theories and the current international system; the domestic sources of foreign policy and theories of decision making; transnational forces, the balance of power, and alliances.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G6801
POLS
6801
77334
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M 2:10p - 4:00p
405A INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Jervis 12 [ More Info ]

POLS G6802y Theory Building and Comparative Methods 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Statistical training is not required. Introduction to the use of the scientific method in the study of international relations and comparative politics: construction of theories, measurement of variables, testing of hypotheses. Comparative and case study methods. Methodological critique of several major theories.

POLS G6820y The Theory of International Political Economy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Political aspects of international economic phenomena, including international monetary system, trade and investment, North-South relations, and East-West economic relations.

POLS G8203y Colloquium on State Politics 4 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor approval required. This seminar is designed as an overview of the major debates in the comparative study of U.S. state politics. The primary goals of the course are to familiarize students with the principal questions being asked by scholars in this subfield, the methodological approaches employed, and the avenues available for future research. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the existing literature. Throughout the course, special emphasis will be placed on states as laboratories for the empirical examination of political institutions, behavior, and the policy-making process.

POLS G8208y Themes in American Political Development 4 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8208
POLS
8208
73884
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W 4:10p - 6:00p
652 SCHERMERHORN HALL
K. Johnson 10 [ More Info ]

POLS G8210x Colloquium On Public Opinion and Political Behavior 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. An examination of research on public opinion, political behavior, and the American electorate, focusing on political sophistication, values, ideological thinking, partisanship, the dynamics of public opinion and policy making, and political participation. Methodological issues and survey research. Instructor permission is required before registration.

POLS G8211y Political Economy of Institutions 3 pts. Instructor permission required before registration. This course will prepare graduate students in political science and economics who have completed their basic formal and quantitative training for the challenges and appeals of interdisciplinary research in political economy. Substantively, the course will focus on interest groups and political influence, which remains one of the broad areas of interest within the field. The main activities of special interest groups include lobbying, campaign contributions, direct mobilization of citizens, and providing information to the public. Clearly all of them have political significance, and we will study both theoretically and empirically the most significant channels of influence on policies, sometimes through the influence on elected officials (before or after the election) and sometimes through influence on bureaucrats. The topic should be of clear relevance for graduate students in American politics, comparative politics, political economy and public economics, and should complement well the other courses available in those four fields.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8211
POLS
8211
25842
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Morelli
M. Ting
10 [ More Info ]

POLS G8219x Elections 4 pts. Instructor permission required before registration.

POLS G8221y Political Psychology 3-3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8221
POLS
8221
20387
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W 10:10a - 12:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
D. Green 22 [ More Info ]

POLS G8223x Legislative Behavior and Institutions 4 pts. Instructor permission required before registration. Examination of the interactions between individual incentives and political institutions in shaping policy. Presents an approach to the study of politics that emphasizes individual incentives in an electoral system, examines how re-election-minded legislators organize to solve collective dilemmas, and focusses on the effects of these political institutions on policy choice.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8223
POLS
8223
12279
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Th 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
S. O'Halloran 4 [ More Info ]

POLS G8230y Judicial Institutions 4 pts. Instructor permission required. The focus is on the study of law and courts as political institutions and judges as political actors. Primary topics will include judicial behavior and decision-making, the internal politics of the Supreme Court, politics within the judicial hierarchy, politics between the judiciary and other branches, and the impact of courts.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8230
POLS
8230
28884
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
501A INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Lax 3 [ More Info ]

POLS G8231y Minority Politics in the United States 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor Permission Required. This seminar is designed to introduce graduate students to major themes in the politics of minority communities in the United States. The course will survey the effects of the formation of racial and ethnic identities on political attitudes, the interaction between race and political representation in legislative and advocacy politics, the impact of the party system on the choices and options of minority groups' influence in the polity, and the dynamics that shape the political activism of minority groups. At least half of the course will be devoted to readings on African-American Politics and the rest of the readings will focus on Latino Politics and Asian-American Politics. Most of the major paradigms on minority politics in the United States have evolved out the historic and temporary experience of black Americans. Students will be required--as individuals or as part of a group--to lead discussions at least once during the semester. In addition to active participation during seminar sessions and leading at least one seminar discussion, students will be required to write an original research paper based on one or more themes that emerge from the seminar readings and discussions. Thus the requirements are as follows:

POLS G8234y Urban Politics 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. This seminar is designed as an overview of the major debates in Urban Politics. The primary goals of the course are to familiarize students with the principal questions being asked by scholars in this subfield, the methodological approaches employed, and the avenues available for future research. Methodological diversity will be emphasized.

POLS G8236y Themes in American Political Development 4 pts. Instructor permission required before registration. The colloquium audits work achieved under the rubric of 'American Political Development' and looks ahead to possibilities for future research. APD's concepts, premises, substantive themes, and silences will be considered, including the subfield's engagement with history and temporality, its attempts to place the United States in comparative and international perspective, and its approaches to ideas, institutions, regimes, interests, and preferences.

POLS G8245y Controversies in American Politics 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. This is a seminar intended mainly for Ph.D. students interested in working in depth on current controversies that draw attention from contemporary American politics scholars. On the one hand it is expected that students will arrive with different backgrounds in terms of American politics reading, statistical skills, and training as theorists. On the other hand, all should be willing to approach the research questions at the highest level. In addition to presenting discussion papers regarding the relevant literature (and the subsequent class discussions), students will work on individual research papers related to the course.

POLS G8247y Mass Mediated American and Global Politics 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. Readings and class discussions explore the domestic and global news media at the beginning of the 21st century as they relate to and impact on mass-mediated domestic and international politics. The focus is on post-World War II and post-9/11 conditions and changes in terms of ownership, audience, technology, organizational and individual values and imperatives, and, especiall, on the media's role during conflicts--in particular the ongoing "war on terrorism."

POLS G8281y Political Participation 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015.

Instructor permission required before registration.

POLS G8403x Politics of Constitutional Change in Latin America 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. The purpose of this seminar it to analyze the politics of constitutional change from a theoretical and comparative perspective. We will discuss different approaches to constitutional stability and change and apply them to explain selected cases of constitutional reform in Latin America. The seminar is divided into three sections: concepts and approaches, institutional design and variation, and constitution making episodes. We conclude with a discussion on the importance of constitutional change for the reformulation of a research agenda on institutional origins and effects.

POLS G8412y Political Economy of Development 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission required before registration. Instructor permission required before registration.

POLS G8416x Comparative Political Economy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. Instructor permission required before registration. This seminar provides an introduction to the main theories of comparative political economy. The survey of these theories is organized as a progression from micro- to macro-level explanations. We begin by examining the sources of political cleavages over various economic policies and the formation of political coalitions. Next, we explore a range of theories positing that differences in the organization of interest groups lead to systematic differences in economic outcomes. We examine how comparativists have studied the problem of state capture by interest groups and its economic and political consequences. In the second part of the course, we apply these theoretical building blocks to a variety of issue areas, including financial development, taxation, the development of social spending and political responses to unemployment.

Instructor permission required.

POLS G8418x Comparative Political Economy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Examines the interaction between capitalism and democracy. Focus on the major theories of the interaction between politics and markets and the ways in which the economy affects politics, and politics shapes economic outcomes. Looks at both developed and developing countries. The relative significance of domestic and international economic pressures and political institutions is also a main theme.

POLS G8427x Comparative Ethnic Politics 4 pts. Instructor Approval Required. This course examines recent research and classic texts on the role of ethnic groups in political analysis. The class addresses three broad questions: what are ethnic groups, when do they become politically salient, and how does ethnic competition affect the distribution of resources in a society? Many of the readings utilize econometric methods. A statistical background at the level of W4910 is assumed, with familiarity through W4911 strongly recommended.

Instructor permission required.

POLS G8428y Democracy, Autocracy & Regime Change 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. The formal and informal procedures that determine access to high political office vary greatly across countries and over time. Scholars of comparative politics have tended to study political regimes by explaining why some countries are democratic and others are not. In addition to surveying the large literature on democratization this seminar explores political regimes in a more general way. This course is intended for PhD students preparing for their qualifying exams enrollment is limited and doctoral students will be given priority. The readings assigned address the following questions: Why are some regimes democratic while others are not? Why do some leaders create public legitimating ideologies instead of relying primarily on force or cooptation? Why do some non‐democratic political leaders govern through institutions while others rely on networks of individuals who are personally beholden to them? Why are some ruling elites in non‐democratic regimes broader than others? What role do elections that are unlikely to change the identity of the head of state play in non‐democratic regimes?

POLS G8432y Issues in Comparative Secularism & Democracy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. Empirical predictions and normative prescriptions about secularism once dominated many of the foundational works in social science, particularly in modernization theory. However, recently scholars as diverse as Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor in political theory, Peter Katzenstein in international relations, and Stathis Kalyvas, Ronald Inglehart, and José Casanova in their comparative work have been engaged in a fundamental rethinking of religion, secularism, and desecularization. Some of the issues we will explore in the seminar are the following. In a lecture series, five scholars over the course of the semester will argue that some of the fundamental categories used in IR theory and in comparative politics make religion almost impossible to study. Are they right? If so, what new approaches might be called for? How can social science survey analysis help us explore issues of religion and politics? Most religions have been at times restrictive of full women's rights. What can we learn from successful patterns of contestation in this area? Can we identify, from the perspective of democratic theory, what the minimal degree of freedom democracy needs from religion to function, and the minimal degree of freedom that religion must be allowed if the polity is to be a democracy. If so, what do these "twin tolerations" say about secularism? Finally, just as we now understand that there are "multiple modernities" does it make more analytic sense to speak of the "multiple secularisms of modern democracies"? We will explore this last question by exploring at least four different patterns of state-society relations that actually exist in contemporary democracies; "freedom of the state from religion separatism " (France and Turkey), "freedom of religion from the state separatism" (USA), " a state with an established religion" (most of the Scandinavian countries, UK, and Greece), and the under-theorizedpattern that Rajeev Bhargava (who will participate in the seminar) calls the" respect -all, support-all, principled distance" model for India. Are two of the more successful new democracies in Islamic majority states, Indonesia and Senegal, close to this model? For any given polity can we say anything about what conditions are most, and least, supportive for each model if the goal is democracy and relative peace in a specific polity? Do Holland, Germany, and Switzerland have more in common with the Indian model than they do with "separatist" or one "established religion": model?

POLS G8434y Latin American Politics In Comparative Perspective 4 pts. Instructor permission required before registration. Political structures, conflict and change in the region including discussion of selected countries, patterns of regime change and the involvement of the U.S.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8434
POLS
8434
67747
001
F 9:00a - 10:50a
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Kaufman 6 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS G8442x Democratic Responsiveness Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

POLS G8443y Institutions, Politics & Policy Making in Developing Countries 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This course examines issues on the political economy of institutions, with an empirical emphasis on countries with intermediate levels of economic and institutional development (especially Latin American ones), from a comparative perspective. It draws on theoretical tools and concepts used mostly in economics (such as game theory and the new institutional economics) to look into issues that are largely political.

Instructor permission required.

POLS G8471y Chinese Politics In Comparative Perspective 4 pts. A graduate seminar designed to explore the content, process, and problems of China's political and economic reforms in comparative perspective. Please see the Courseworks site for details

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8471
POLS
8471
07698
001
TBA X. Lu 3 [ More Info ]

POLS G8474x Political Economy of East Asia in Comparative Perspective 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. A graduate seminar designed to explore the content, process, and problems of East Asia's economic reforms in a comparative perspective. Upper level undergraduates require instructor's permission.

POLS G8492x Comparing Institutions 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. Instructor permission required before registration. Survey of the theoretical literature on the origin and structure of political and economic institutions. Special emphasis on the new institutional economics and other rational actor theories, with particular attention to the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches as tools for comparative analysis.

POLS G8493y Political Development 4 pts. This is a graduate course in political development. It will focus on the development of, and relationship among, the three constituent features of the modern political world: states, nations and democracy. The course will analyze both historical and contemporary cases, tracing how causal processes unfold over time and space and what past conditions and experiences lie behind today's political dynamics and problems. Along the way, the course will introduce students to the main approaches and schools of thought in the political development literature. The course will encourage rigorous comparative thinking and writing and prepare students for general exams and dissertation work.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8493
POLS
8493
19282
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
402 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Berman 4 [ More Info ]

POLS G8526y Comparative Democratic Processes 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Attempts to integrate examination of presidential government in the U.S. and examination of parliamentary democracies in order to make a unified approach to the study of democratic institutions. Focuses on a common set of issues that are faced by individuals in all democratic systems: coordination, cooperation, commitment, aggregation and delegation.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8526
POLS
8526
15843
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
K. Kasara 10 / 18 [ More Info ]

POLS G8601y Colloquium In Political Thought 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015.Religion & Constitution One of the greatest challenges to liberal, democratic and republican constitutionalism in the 21st century is posed by controversy over the relation between religion and the public sphere. This course will consider alternative ways in which the state and religion in "secular" constitutional democracies are articulated. We will focus on how different conceptual political paradigms - liberalism, republicanism and social-democratic developmentalism - serve as formative principles of constitutional arrangements that lead to alternative understandings of the place of religion in secular polities in the U.S., France and India respectively. Among the topics we shall address are the contested concepts of the secular, secularization and secularity, the role of religion in the public sphere, the type of state support that can or should be given to religious institutions, the relation of religion to constitutional/human rights, legal pluralism, multicultural jurisdiction and the privatization (delegation) of state power to religious groups. Focusing on legislative acts and courts decisions, we will explore the tensions between the forms of religious autonomy and control over group members permitted by the state or demanded by the religious with the core democratic and constitutionalist principles of equal liberty and gender equality.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8601
POLS
8601
98296
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Cohen 8 [ More Info ]

POLS G8606x Liberalism 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. Examines the way in which writers in the liberal tradition of political thought have grappled with major institutional questions from the 17th through 19th centuries. Works by Hobbes, Locke, Smith and Mill. Writings considered as reflections on and responses to three major historical events: the development of the modern state, the emergence of market systems, and the growth of national identities.

POLS G8608x or y Colloquium on Political Thought 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required for registration. Instructor permission required before registration.

POLS G8613y Interpretations of Democracy 4-3 pts. Instructor permission required to register.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8613
POLS
8613
72903
001
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
N. Urbinati 20 [ More Info ]

POLS G8621x The Federal Convention 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. The seminar will cover the background and the dynamics of the Federal Convention that proposed the Constitution of the United States in 1787. The basic readings are Vols. I and II of Max Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention, mainly based on the notes that James Madison took during the Convention. (Passages from this work will be assigned later.) The purpose of the seminar is partly to illuminate the nature of constitutions and of constitution-making more generally, and partly to identify causal mechanisms that can explain the choices that were made at the Convention. Theories of collective action, of bargaining and of deliberation will have a central place. We shall not study the process of ratification of the Constitution, except to the extent that the framers' anticipation of the ratifying conventions constrained their choices. Nor shall we draw heavily on The Federalist Papers, except when they illuminate the sometimes cryptic statements in Madison's notes.

POLS G8624y Race in the History of Western Ideas 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Race in the History of Western Ideas is an advanced Political Theory course about the complex relationship between the scientific concept of race, political subjugation and the history of modern political ideas. Race in the History of Western Ideas is NOT a course about the political behavior of 'racial' or 'ethnic' groups. Nor does the course focus on ONE political theoretical approach or hypothesis (e.g.: Marxist, "anti-racist," liberal or multi-cultural) in answer to the questions "How/Why did 'race' emerge as a legitimate account of human difference?" First we ask, how did the ancients think of human diversity? To answer, we examine how Aristotle differentiates citizens from slaves and foreigners, thereby proposes a hierarchical constitution that is central to the reciprocal rule proposed in Politics. We then examine the emergence of race as a "legitimate" theory of human difference in Enlightenment anthropology and liberal political thought. We identify the features of race thinking that serve to differentiate modern conceptualizations of human diversity and visions of 'the political' from those of the ancient world. Finally, we examine how activist and anti-racist intellectuals sought to de-naturalize and thus re-politicize race by either demonstrating the fallacy of race science or linking the significance, ubiquity and power of race to political subjugation.

POLS G8640y Commerce and Civic Virtue 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. This graduate seminar in political theory will examine 18th century philosophies of commerce, civic virtue, and freedom, with a focus on arguments about the salutary political and moral consequences of economic interdependence both domestic and international. The course is centered on primary texts, including the works of Bernard Mandeville, Adam Smith, David Hume, Montesquieu, and Immanuel Kant. The selected reading will highlight the gradual dismantlement of the classical republican aversion to wealth accumulation, and the rehabilitation of avarice into an integrative (even edifying) social force. Students will be required to write a number of short discussion papers during the course of the semester, as well as a final research paper where they will focus on a particular problem addressed by one of the major thinkers covered in the class. In the research paper, students will also be required to develop familiarity with key positions in the secondary literature, with guidance from the course instructor.

POLS G8651y Normative Theories of Justice 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Theories of retributive and distributive justice, with emphasis on work published during the last thirty years. Competing formulations of the principle that people should not suffer as a result of brute bad luck and that relative advantages and disadvantages should as far as possible arise from voluntary choices.

POLS G8652x Empirical Studies of Justice 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. Twofold focus involves discussion of possible explanations of why people hold or profess specific ideas of justice and the role of justice and fairness motivations in explaining behavior. Examination of experimental studies of these issues as well as real-life case studies, most importantly the study of local justice and transitional justice.

POLS G8658x Constitution Making Process 3-3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

POLS G8659x Collective Decision-Making 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required In this seminar we shall discuss a number of collective decision-making mechanisms, from both a normative and a causal perspective. We shall draw on decisions by juries, constitutional courts (and other courts that exercise judicial review), academic institutions (appointment and tenure decisions), the FDA advisory committee and similar bodies elsewhere, central bank committees, bargaining in wage determination and in regime transitions, legislative assemblies, constituent assemblies, and elections. On the normative side, we shall discuss the criteria that have been proposed for good collective decisions and for good decision-making procedures. On the causal side, we shall consider both the origins of institutions that engage in collective decision-making and the effects of institutional arrangements on outcomes.

POLS G8672x Republicanism 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission is required before registration. We will study the main texts of republican thought classical, modern and contemporary focusing on two main themes that are essentially related to contemporary political theory: republicanism's relationship with liberalism and with democracy.

POLS G8674x Contemporary Republicanism 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required This is the third part of a Colloquium on the republican theory of liberty and government. In the previous two parts we explored classical and modern republicanism. In this third colloquium we shall discuss a number of normative and historical issues that pertain to the transformation of republicanism from nineteenth century to our time. We shall focus on republicanism as both a theory of constitutional government and an ideological conception of politics and society that collided against or dialogued with other conceptions such as liberalism, socialism and democracy. We shall try to explore the impact on republicanism of two transformative factors: the nation as the locus of state sovereignty and the emergence of the social as the site of conflicting interests. The nation as the collective subject of legitimacy and representation as an institution of elite selection based on elections challenged the republican theory of government insofar as it made consent and ideological conflict central to political liberty. Moreover, the republican theory of freedom as non-domination met with another and perhaps even more radical social transformation, namely salary work and social inequality. Both transformative factors questioned the two bases of republicanism: the idea that politics is the domain of virtue and competence, and the idea that political liberty is prior to private liberty and rests on economic independence.

POLS G8804y Colloquium On International Political Economy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. Analysis of theories in international political economy, examining the relationship between politics of economics globally and the causes of the rise and decline of states. Instructor permission required before registration.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8804
POLS
8804
61945
001
Tu 10:10a - 12:00p
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
P. Pinto 6 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8804
POLS
8804
97599
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
TBA
Y. Margalit 1 [ More Info ]

POLS G8811x Civil Wars 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. This course is a graduate-level survey of recent literature on civil wars. It will focus particularly on: developing an operational definition of civil war; understanding causes of civil war, with a focus on secessionism; examining strategies of violence employed in civil war; and, civil war termination.

POLS G8821y Topics in International Relations & Rational Choice 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required. The first part of the course will be on the rationalist explanations of bargaining breakdown and bilateral conflict, including the analysis of leaders' selection, strategic militarization, and other variables at the boundary between domestic and international choices. The second part of the course will focus on alliance formation and multilateral conflict. Then we will bring the insights from bilateral and multilateral conflict together and will study the open problems in conflict resolution mechanism design. The final part will be on cooperation, as opposed to conflict. We will present models and useful frameworks to study the functioning of international organizations and their development in an anarchic system.

POLS G8823x Debates in International Peace Interventions: Constructivists, critical theorists, pols-structuralists, feminists, and their critics 4 pts. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission is required for registration. Interested students should join the electronic wait list. This seminar uses the literature on recent peace interventions as a lens for understanding the strengths and weaknesses of constructivist, critical, post-structuralist, and feminist approaches to international relations. The course will develop students' knowledge of the most salient international peace interventions in recent years, and the reasons for their successes or failures. It will also provide students with the intellectual tools to understand, evaluate, analyze, and possibly employ non-positivist and non-rational choice approaches to international relations.

POLS G8825x Domestic Politics & International Relations 3-3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

POLS G8826x Political Economy of Trade & Investment 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required to register. Please contact instructor for more information. This course examines the politics of several major issues in international trade and investment. It explores why and how governments regulate the flow of goods and capital across national borders. The course is divided into four blocs that look at the distributive consequences of trade, the political economy of trade politics, the political economy of trade reform, and the political economy of foreign direct investment and multinational corporations, respectively. The course presumes some familiarity with international economics. Economic theory will help us identify the welfare and distributional implications of alternative policies. We will also make extensive use of the insights from the positive political economy tradition to analyze how political actors (voters, interest groups, political parties, and politicians) interact within political institutions to shape policy outcomes. Students are required to actively participate in weekly discussions, write two review papers during the semester, and submit an original research paper on one of the topics of the seminar at the end of the semester.

POLS G8833x Law of War 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required for registration. This course focuses on issues surrounding the conduct of warfare. It is centered around a series of questions relating to jus in bello, or the international law governing use of force once hostilities have commenced. Why, for example, have some laws of war been created but not others? Under what conditions should we expect belligerents to observe the laws of war? Why even try to govern the conduct of war? Few of these questions have received systematic treatment from political scientists. Yet, as the law of war has become increasingly salient both domestically and internationally, it is critical to sharpen our understanding of this topic.

POLS G8839y The Causes & Consequences of Terrorism 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: POLS G6801 or Instructor's Permission This course examines the politics of terrorism, with a focus on theoretical and empirical studies of its causes and consequences. We will look at both domestic and transnational forms of terrorism. We begin with issues of definition, and theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of terrorism. We then turn to the causes of terrorism, considering questions such as when, where, and why terrorism occurs, which individuals and which groups resort to terror and why, and who are the targets of terrorist attacks. We then turn to the consequences of terrorism, both for the outcome of conflicts, and for domestic politics.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8839
POLS
8839
26397
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
V. Fortna 13 [ More Info ]

POLS G8843y International Law & International Relations 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. Instructor permission required before registration. The central question around which this course is organized is: Under what circumstances, and how, do international legal rules influence political outcomes? International law has been for decades dismissed by IR scholars as utopian, disconnected from political reality, or (at best) epiphenomenal to the interests and preferences of powerful states. Consequently, it has been viewed as the 'wrong' place to look when seeking to explain the past actions of states and governments, or to predict their future behavior. Nevertheless, states-including great powers-have invested, and continue to invest, enormous resources, in elaborating and maintaining international treaties and conventions, customary rules, and other types of international legal doctrine. This suggests that international law 'matters' somehow to relations between states-although perhaps not in ways we conventionally associate with domestic legal systems.

POLS G8844x Nationalism 4 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required to register. Theory and history of nationalism and international conflict. Nationalism as a cause of conflict in contemporary world politics, especially in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. Role of the international community in promoting or containing nationalism.

POLS G8846x Transnationalism 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. Instructor permission required before registration. This seminar explores the emerging empirical/positivist literature on transnational actors and processes. We examine how different scholars define and conceptualize transnational actors and private authority, and its potential to transform (or not) the character of the international state system. We also focus on how non-state actors contribute to the production and maintenance of order in the international system through interest-group mechanisms, instances of express or implicit delegation of regulatory tasks (the "privatization" of governance), and various types of strategic behavior within existing regulatory frameworks. Particular emphasis will be given to understanding the challenges associated with the regulation of private actors and conduct across international borders, and implications for the development and diffusion of rules and norms of behavior.

POLS G8853y Normative & Empirical Perspectives on International Law 3-3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G8853
POLS
8853
77052
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
402 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
T. Isiksel
T. Putnam
6 [ More Info ]

POLS G8861y Change In the International System. 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration. The causes of change in the relative position of actors in the international system as well as the causes of fundamental changes in the character of those units. The main focus will be on the last issue. The dynamics behind institutional diversity and isomorphism. Why do historical epochs favor one type of organization over another? Structural realist views and alternative research programs used.

POLS G8865x United States Foreign Policy 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required to register. Please contact instructor for more information. Survey of post-Cold War U.S. policy, relations with Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East, military and economic policy, political intervention (human rights policy and covert action), and environmental diplomacy.

POLS G8866y International Signaling and Communication 4 pts. This course will delve into how states infer what others are likely to do in the future and how they try to project desired images of how they will behave. This involves both purposeful or intended communication, as in diplomacy, and the ways in which perceivers try to discern others' capabilities and intentions from attributes and behaviors that the senders cannot readily manipulate. Substantive areas to be covered--or at least touched on--include how states try to open negotiations without appearing weak, how promises and threats can be orchestrated, and the use of peace feelers.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8866
POLS
8866
23898
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
501 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Jervis 3 [ More Info ]

POLS G8867x International Cooperation and Institutions 4 pts. Why do governments and leaders cooperate? What is the role of international institutions in world politics? This course is an introduction to the scientific study of international cooperation and institutions. The course emphasizes recent empirical and theoretical research across issue areas.

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Autumn 2014 :: POLS G8867
POLS
8867
12632
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
TBA
J. Urpelainen 0 [ More Info ]

POLS G8870x US Relations with East Asia 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required for registration. Examination of key developments in East Asian international relations and their implications for United States foreign policy. Students should have knowledge about at least one East Asian country (China, Japan, Korea and the countries in ASEAN).

POLS G8876y US-Japan Relations from WWII to Present 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required before registration.

POLS G9010x or y Special Research Course 4 pts. Prerequisite: permission of faculty sponsor and Department Chair. Research projects formulated by individual students.

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Spring 2014 :: POLS G9010
POLS
9010
98211
001
TBA D. Johnston 1 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
81106
002
TBA M. Murillo 1 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
66501
003
TBA N. Urbinati 1 [ More Info ]

POLS G9208y Legislatures in Historical & Comparative Perspective 3-3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Instructor permission required to register.

POLS G9290y Qualitative Methods in Political Science 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Instructor permission required before registration. This graduate-level seminar offers a broad introduction to what have been called "qualitative" and "interpretive" approaches to conducting and analyzing political science research: ethnography and participant-observation; case studies; field research, interviewing and archival work; historical institutionalism and comparative historical analysis; and interpretive modes of analysis. Much ink has been spilt recently on qualitative and interpretative methods in the discipline, and we will cover much of this work in addition to a few classic texts. While focused specifically on the logic and practice of these methods in political science, we will draw liberally from other disciplines in the human and social sciences when necessary. Epistemological issues are sure to emerge routinely, and we will try to think through them as appropriate. This seminar is intended to be a survey of the range of qualitative research strategies available in the social sciences, primarily in political science. It will not provide training in any single methodological approach, but participants will have an expanded ability to read and evaluate scholarship in this tradition, as well as design and execute qualitative and interpretive research. We will try to answer several questions throughout the course: Where do qualitative and interpretive methods fit into the broader discipline of political science? For which research questions are qualitative and interpretive methods best suited? Are these methods scientific? Rigorous? What criteria of evidence and argument apply to these approaches? Do qualitative methods of data collection lead to generalizable results? Is the goal description, explanation or interpretation? What ethical dilemmas are involved with qualitative research? When and how should qualitative methods be combined with other methods (or should they?)?

POLS G9441y Study of Development Strategies 3 pts.Not offered in 2014-2015.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS G9441
POLS
9441
62301
001
F 11:00a - 12:50p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Humphreys 7 [ More Info ]

POLS G9610y Democracy In Theory and Practice 3 pts. Key issues on the interface between political theory and the empirical study of democracy, focus is on production of original research. Topics include the definition and measurement of democracy; democracy and the distribution of political influence; the notion of education for democracy; party organization and democracy; the relation between participation and democracy; deliberative polling; social and economic preconditions of democracy; consequences of democracy; representation and the role of representatives; political parties and democracy; forms of democracy (e.g. presidential vs. parliamentary systems); the significance of electoral systems; constitutional limits and democracy.

POLS G9901x-G9902y Dissertation Seminar 4 pts. Provides students the opportunity to present draft dissertation proposals and draft dissertation chapters. Enrollment limited to advanced students in the Political Science Ph.D. program except by permission of the instructor.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: POLS G9902
POLS
9902
61449
001
F 9:00a - 10:50a
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Snyder 18 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2014 :: POLS G9901
POLS
9901
60416
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
T. Putnam 10 [ More Info ]