Graduate Courses

POLS G4110x 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 2016 :: POLS G4110
POLS
4110
61416
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
501 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Cohen 9 / 18 [ More Info ]

POLS G4113x Politics and Religion 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 W4128 The Philosophy of Social Science Not offered in 2016-2017.

POLS G4132x 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.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G4132
POLS
4132
13346
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
Instructor To Be Announced 8 / 30 [ More Info ]

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. Discussion Section Required.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4134
POLS
4134
77730
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
503 HAMILTON HALL
T. Isiksel 31 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4150y Crisis and Critique: The Frankfurt School 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. This course centers on the writings of the key figures associated with the "first generation" of the Frankfurt School: Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Franz Neumann, Otto Kirschheimer, Friedrich Pollock, and Herbert Marcuse. In addition, it includes various background readings from thinkers whose works were key references for the critical theorists of the Frankfurt School: Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Max Weber and Gyorgy Lukacs. The course takes the Holocaust as a turning point for the members of this group, as this event brought their conception of critical theory into a crisis, urged them to rethink their assumptions about the relationship between theory and practice, dampened their hopes for revolutionary social change, and compelled them to undertake a much more radical critique of the Enlightenment. We will study the changing and divergent trajectories of critical theory by convering a wide range of material, including different perspetives on reason and rationality, the relationship between theory and practice, intertwinement of freedom and domination in modernity, and pathologies of mass society.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4150
POLS
4150
02870
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
302 MILBANK HALL
A. Gundogdu 15 / 30 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4150
POLS
4150
00656
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
A. Gundogdu 14 / 30 [ More Info ]

POLS W4210x Research Topics in Game Theory 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: POLS W4209 or the 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4731.

POLS G4240x Great Books on Race, Politics and 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.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G4240
POLS
4240
12800
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
F. Harris 18 / 18 [ More Info ]

POLS W4291y Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4790.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4291
POLS
4291
77601
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
325 PUPIN LABORATORIES
G. Wawro 8 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4292x Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel and Time-Series Cross-Section Data 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4792.

POLS W4360x Mathematical Methods for Political Science 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4700.

POLS W4365y Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4764.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4365
POLS
4365
81537
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
703 HAMILTON HALL
A. Gelman 25 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4368y Experimental Research: Design, Analysis and Interpretation 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: one or two semesters of statistics; basic understanding of probability, hypothesis testing, and regression are assumed. Basic familiarity with statistical software (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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4768.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4368
POLS
4368
13047
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
503 HAMILTON HALL
D. Green 38 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4405y Insurgencies and Conflicts in Southeast Asia 4 pts. A number of countries in Southeast Asia have recently faced violent conflicts, often linked to separatist or regionalist demands from territorially concentrated ethnic or religious minorities. This course examines a range of conflicts in Southern Thailand (Patani), Southern Philippines (Mindanao), Indonesia (notably Aceh) and Burma, through a variety of different lenses and comparative perspectives. These include security and (counter)insurgency perspectives, the comparative character of militant movements, perspectives based on minority rights and identity politics, explorations of the salience of religion, studies of language politics, questions of autonomy and decentralization, and the issue of peace negotiations and dialogue processes. These themes and issues have a broader relevance to wider debates in comparative politics, which students will be encouraged to explore in their papers.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4405
POLS
4405
12575
001
M 6:10p - 8:00p
602 NORTHWEST CORNER
D. McCargo 15 / 30 [ More Info ]

POLS G4406y Politics in Contemporary China 4 pts. This course will be taught in Chinese. This course focuses on the evolution of Chinese politics since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took power in 1949. It introduces and discusses the relationship between the two "three decades" (the three decades under Mao and the three decades of "reform and opening up"). More specifically, the course aims to (1) clarify some important historical facts, (2) analyze the ideological consideration of the "official" history sanctioned by the CCP and its epistemological impact, (3) make a comparison between official view and that of independent scholars about the history; (4) try to respond to some urgent problems faced by contemporary China, and (5) provide suggestions and principles for the reconstruction of the historiography of contemporary China. Students will learn how to understand the recent development Chinese politics, how to analyze the complex contemporary history and reality of China, and how to approach issues about China from a systematic perspective.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G4406
POLS
4406
62812
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
644 SEELEY W. MUDD BUILDING
B. Zhang 19 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS G4407x Nine Thought Trends in China 4 pts. This course will be taught in Chinese. 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.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G4407
POLS
4407
73883
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
TBA
B. Zhang 10 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS G4433x Israel 20 Years After Rabin 4 pts.

POLS G4434y Ethnic Politics of Eurasia 4 pts. Various forms of ethnic politics have characterized politics in many states throughout Eurasia since 1991, from nationalist separatism to violent conflict to political competition among ethnic minorities and majorities. This course is designed to encourage students to think deeply about the relationship between ethnicity and politics. We will consider several questions. First, why does ethnicity become politicized? We investigate this question by examining nationalist secessionism and ethnic conflict-phenomena that mushroomed at the end of the Cold War. We will focus on East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, devoting special attention to the cases of Yugoslavia, the USSR, Moldova, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Chechnya. However, we will also study cases in which the dog didn't bark, i.e. places where nationalist mobilization and ethnic violence either did not occur, or emerged and then receded as in the ethnic republics of the Russian Federation (including the "Muslim" regions of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, etc.). In the second part of the course, we will analyze ethnic politics after independent statehood was achieved throughout the post-Soviet space. How do nationalist state-builders try to construct a nation and a state at the same time? Have they incorporated or discriminated against minorities living within "their" states? How have ethnic minorities responded? We will study Ukraine, the Baltics and Kazakhstan where ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking populations form large portions of the population, devoting particular attention to the crisis in Ukraine. We will also examine how the post-conflict regions of Bosnia and Kosovo have dealt with ethnic pluralism. These cases allow us to gain greater understanding of how multi-ethnic states use forms of federalism, consociationalism, and power-sharing as state-building strategies.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G4434
POLS
4434
62242
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
1219 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
E. Giuliano 15 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS G4454x Comparative Politics of South Asia 4 pts. This course first compares the post-independence political histories of South Asian countries, particularly India and Pakistan. It then explores selected topics across countries: social and cultural dimensions of politics; structures of power; and political behavior. The underlying theme is to explain the development and durability of the particular political regimes - democratic or authoritarian - in each country.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G4454
POLS
4454
10948
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
603 HAMILTON HALL
P. Oldenburg 1 / 30 [ More Info ]

POLS W4461x Latin American Politics 4 pts. This is a lecture class that seeks to introduce students to social scientific analysis while discuss the shifting dynamics of political representation in Latin America. In analyzing political representation in the region, it focuses on demands for political inclusion by different actors and how they were resisted or accepted by established elites in a process that moved from regime change to electoral rotation in power. The course covers these political dynamics and their institutional consequences since the onset of the twentieth century, starting with the Mexican Revolution, until the contemporary period where democracy is the predominant form of government and elections a crucial tool for social and political change. While analyzing the politics of Latin America, we will cover important political science concepts associated with democratic representation, social inclusion and the rule of the law, such as social movement mobilization, political regime change, presidentialism, political party systems, political identities, state capacity, and institutional weakness. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4461
POLS
4461
68378
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
M. Murillo 70 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS W4470 A Free Press for a Global Society 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.

POLS G4471x Chinese Politics 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 W4473y Political Transitions in Southeast Asia 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.

POLS W4474y Politics and Justice in Southeast Asia 4 pts. The course starts from the premise that questions of justice are essentially political, and their study cannot be safely left in the sole hands of lawyers and legal experts. In recent years, a number of important global trends have become evident in the study of justice. These include a growing focus on transitional justice - especially how the transition from an authoritarian regime, or from conditions of violent conflict, may best be handled. Another important trend is the so-called 'new constitutionalism' - efforts to strengthen checks and balances through establishing new institutions such as constitutional courts. A third trend concerns disturbing developments in the use of the criminal justice system for essentially political purposes. This course will explore how these recent trends are being played out in various parts of Southeast Asia.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4474
POLS
4474
66649
001
M 12:10p - 2:00p
311 FAYERWEATHER
D. McCargo 12 / 18 [ More Info ]

POLS G4487x Politics in Russia 4 pts. This course begins by studying the late Soviet era-the 1970s through the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991--in order to understand what kind of political system and political culture Russia inherited. We spend some time analyzing why and how the Soviet Union-a superpower for 75 years-disintegrated suddenly and for the most part, peacefully. Then, the bulk of the course focuses on state-building in the Russian Federation. Russia's effort to construct new political institutions, a functioning economy, and a healthy society represents one of the greatest political dramas of our time. Beginning with Yeltsin's presidency in 1991 and continuing through the current eras of Putin, Medvedev, and Putin again, we consider phenomena such as economic reform, nationalism, separatism, federalism, war, legal reform, civil society, and democratization. The third part of the course addresses Russia's foreign relations. Like its predecessor states, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, Russia is concerned with what kind of state it is (or should be) and where it stands in the international order. We will study how Russian elites make sense of Russia's identity, as well as Russia's policies toward the US, Europe, its "near abroad," the Middle East, and China.

POLS G4491y Post-Soviet States and Markets 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: 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.

POLS G4610x Recent Continental Political Thought 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4110.

POLS G4613x Politics and Religion 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4113.

POLS W4700x 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4700
POLS
4700
13397
001
MW 6:10p - 7:25p
304 HAMILTON HALL
J. Urpelainen 35 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4702y Methods of Inquiry and Research Design 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.

POLS W4710x 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4710
POLS
4710
23131
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
TBA
M. Lindeman 51 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS W4712y Analysis of Political Data 4 pts. Prerequisites: POLS W4710 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. Discussion Section Required.

POLS W4714x Multivariate Political Analysis 4 pts. Prerequisites: basic data analysis and knowledge of basic calculus and matrix algebra OR concurrent enrollment in POLS W4760. Examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. Covers fundamentals of probability and statistics and examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. More mathematical treatment of topics covered in POLS W4710 and W4712. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4714
POLS
4714
78443
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
603 HAMILTON HALL
B. Goodrich 3 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4730y Game Theory and Political Theory 4 pts. Prerequisites: POLS W4760 or equivalent level of calculus. 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. Discussion Section Required.

POLS W4732x Research Topics in Game Theory 4 pts. Prerequisites: POLS W4730 or the 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4732
POLS
4732
92346
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
404 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
C. Prato 12 [ More Info ]

POLS W4764y Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys 4 pts. Prerequisites: basic statistics and regression analysis (for example: POLS 4712, 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. Discussion Section Required.

POLS W4768y Experimental Research: Design, Analysis and Interpretation 4 pts. Prerequisites: one or two semesters of statistics; basic understanding of probability, hypothesis testing, and regression are assumed. Basic familiarity with statistical software (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. Discussion Section Required.

POLS W4790y 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. Discussion Section Required.

POLS W4792x Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel and Time-Series Cross-Section Data 4 pts. 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4792
POLS
4792
12762
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
G. Wawro 15 [ More Info ]

POLS W4802y Methods of Inquiry and Research Design 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4702.

POLS W4820y International Relations of a Post-Western World 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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.

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 2016 :: POLS G4845
POLS
4845
76444
001
M 6:10p - 8:00p
516 HAMILTON HALL
C. Freilich 43 / 40 [ More Info ]

POLS W4853x Politics in Russia 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. This course begins by studying the late Soviet era-the 1970s through the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991--in order to understand what kind of political system and political culture Russia inherited. We spend some time analyzing why and how the Soviet Union-a superpower for 75 years-disintegrated suddenly and for the most part, peacefully. Then, the bulk of the course focuses on state-building in the Russian Federation. Russia's effort to construct new political institutions, a functioning economy, and a healthy society represents one of the greatest political dramas of our time. Beginning with Yeltsin's presidency in 1991 and continuing through the current eras of Putin, Medvedev, and Putin again, we consider phenomena such as economic reform, nationalism, separatism, federalism, war, legal reform, civil society, and democratization. The third part of the course addresses Russia's foreign relations. Like its predecessor states, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, Russia is concerned with what kind of state it is (or should be) and where it stands in the international order. We will study how Russian elites make sense of Russia's identity, as well as Russia's policies toward the US, Europe, its "near abroad," the Middle East, and China. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4453.

POLS W4867y U.S.-Japan Relations 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. This course surveys postwar U.S.-Japan relations with a particular emphasis on the areas of economic trade and miltary security. In each of these areas we will also examine how Japan's East Asian neighbors have influenced the bilateral relationship over time. While focusing on a number of specific case studies of policymaking and political maneuvering, we will investigate how domestic and international forces interact to shape outcomes of relations between the two countries.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4867
POLS
4867
78281
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Reeves 12 / 15 [ More Info ]

POLS W4871y Chinese Foreign Policy 4 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4871
POLS
4871
61249
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
301 PUPIN LABORATORIES
A. Nathan 160 / 170 [ More Info ]

POLS W4875y Russia and the West 4 pts. Enrollment limited to 40.Not offered in 2016-2017. Exploration of Russia's ambiguous relationship with the Western world. Cultural, philosophical, and historical explanations will be examined alongside theories of domestic political economy and international relations, to gain an understanding of current events. Select cases from the Tsarist, Soviet, and recent periods will be compared and contrasted, to see if patterns emerge. This course counts as an introductory-level course in international relations.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4875
POLS
4875
05037
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
LL104 Diana Center
K. Marten 28 / 30 [ 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. Discussion Section Required.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS W4895
POLS
4895
15300
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
417 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Betts 67 [ More Info ]

POLS W4910x Principles of Quantitative Political Research 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4710.

POLS W4911y Analysis of Political Data 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4712.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS W4911
POLS
4911
14709
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
603 HAMILTON HALL
M. Lindeman 33 / 70 [ More Info ]

POLS W4912x Multivariate Political Analysis 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: basic data analysis and knowledge of basic calculus and matrix algebra OR concurrent enrollment in POLS W4360. Examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. Covers fundamentals of probability and statistics and examines problems encountered in multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data. More mathematical treatment of topics covered in POLS W4910 and W4911. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 4714.

POLS G6101x Issues In Political Theory 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 2016 :: POLS G6101
POLS
6101
72904
001
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
402 HAMILTON HALL
N. Urbinati 5 [ More Info ]

POLS G6210x Issues and Debates In American Politics I 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. Please contact the instructors for more information. 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.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G6210
POLS
6210
71049
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Phillips 0 / 0 [ More Info ]

POLS G6211y Theories and Debates in American Politics II 4 pts. This is the second of two semester-long courses that provide graduate students with an overview of the scholarly study of American politics. G6210 and G6211 constitute the American politics "field survey." The field survey is designed for political science graduate 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. In this course we will cover a range of topics related to American politics that, for the most part, are not covered in G6210. The reading assignments are a mix of foundational contributions (i.e., the canons of American politics literature) and recent research. The first part of each seminar session will aim to clarify and probe enduring puzzles, theories, and debates highlighted in the foundational texts. The latter portion of the seminar session will focus on how recent research is continuing to engage the ongoing debates and puzzles.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G6211
POLS
6211
21250
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
S. Hirano 13 [ More Info ]

POLS G6411x Comparative Politics Survey I 4 pts. This graduate level seminar is designed to introduce students to many of the main questions motivating research in comparative politics. The course is not designed as exercise in intellectual history, although some "classics" are included. It is 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, it is 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 in 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G6411
POLS
6411
67571
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Murillo 5 [ More Info ]

POLS G6412y Comparative Politics Survey II 4 pts. This graduate level seminar is designed to introduce students to many of the main questions motivating research in comparative politics. The course is not designed as exercise in intellectual history, although some "classics" are included. It is 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, it is 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 in 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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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: POLS G6412
POLS
6412
27566
001
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
I. Mares 18 [ More Info ]

POLS G6601x Issues In Political Theory 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 6101.

POLS G6801x Theories of International Relations 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. 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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Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G6801
POLS
6801
75529
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Snyder 3 [ More Info ]

POLS G8101x Colloquium In Political Thought 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.Constitutionalism, Sovereignty and Religion. 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 state. This course will explore alternative ways in which state and religion in constitutional democracies are and should be articulated. We will treat Federalism and Pluralism as alternative strategies for the management of the problem of difference, (particularly religious difference,) and for decentralizing the modern state. First, we will explore the common origins of both in feudal relationships, church self-government and the state of the estates. Second, we reconstruct the origins of the modern state and its doctrine of sovereignty, as answers to perceived threats in pluralist fragmentation, and imperial and papal trans-polity organization. Third, we will compare the new alternatives of centralized territorial state and decentralized federations. Using Tocqueville we will present the American design combining federalism and pluralism. Fourth we will present some revivals, successful or attempted of federalism and pluralism in the contemporary world. Fifth, we will consider four case studies: Turkey (imperial pluralism and republican centralization); Israel (pluralism without federalism), India (centralized federalism and partial pluralism) and Canada (federalism and multi-culturalism).

POLS G8113y Interpretations of Democracy 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

POLS G8121x The Federal Convention 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 G8124y Race in the History of Western Ideas 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 G8140y Commerce and Civic Virtue 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. 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 G8151y Normative Theories of Justice 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 G8172x Republicanism 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 G8203y Colloquium on State Politics 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. 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 G8210x Colloquium On Public Opinion and Political Behavior 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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.

POLS G8219y Elections 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration.

POLS G8221x Political Psychology 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. The survey course on political psychology is organized around three main themes. The first is social influence and intrinsic predispositions: obedience, conformity, social pressure, authoritarianism, and personality traits. The second theme concerns the manner in which people interpret new information about politics and use it to update their beliefs and evaluations. This section invites discussion of topics such as: To what extent and in what ways do media and politicians manipulate citizens? Can and do voters use "information shortcuts" to compensate for their lack of direct information about policies? The third theme is the meaning, measurement, and expression of ideology and prejudice.

POLS G8223x Legislative Behavior and Institutions 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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.

POLS G8230x Judicial Institutions 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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.

POLS G8234y Urban Politics 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 G8237x Themes in American Political Development 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G8237
POLS
8237
18583
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
402 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
I. Katznelson 5 [ More Info ]

POLS G8265x Political Inequality in the United States 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration. A current topic of interest in political and academic circles is inequality, both as economic inequality (which is growing) and political inequality, which contributes to economic inequality. This seminar focuses on political inequality. It asks whether political influence is equally represented in the United States; if not, why not, and what can be done for reform?

POLS G8416x Comparative Political Economy 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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.

POLS G8426y Comparative Democratic Processes 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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.

POLS G8427x Comparative Ethnic Politics 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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 W4710 is assumed, with familiarity through W4712 strongly recommended.

POLS G8428y Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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 G8434y Latin American Politics In Comparative Perspective 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: POLS G8434
POLS
8434
27724
001
F 9:10a - 11:00a
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Kaufman 7 / 25 [ More Info ]

POLS G8437x Parties and Elections in Developing Countries 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration. This course explores new research on the individual and organizational determinants of candidate selection, accountability, and representation in new and developing democracies. Developing democracies have weak states and parties that pose new challenges to existing research on democratic accountability. This course focuses on seven questions: 1) What purpose do political parties serve in places with low bureaucratic capacity 2) Why are some parties stronger (i.e., more disciplined, cohesive, and institutionalized) than others? 3) When will parties in developing countries campaign on programmatic platforms? 4) How do individuals decide which candidates to vote for? 5) When do politicians using vote-buying and patronage to win elections succeed? 6) Under what circumstances do politicians successfully use violence and economic threats to win elections? 7) How do politicians in new democracies manipulate institutional rules to win elections?

POLS G8440x and y Study of Development Strategies 2 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. The focus of the course is close reading and re-analysis of emerging research in the political economy of development, broadly construed. The focus is on well-identified research whether based on experimental or observational data. It is intended for advanced graduate students (third-fourth year) who already have strong analytic skills. Auditors are welcome as long as they put in the work. Second time takers/auditors are also welcome. The overall structure is that in most weeks an external speaker comes to discuss new or in-progress research. The speaker does not present the work, however; instead they share their papers, data and code with the class in advance and a "replication team" has a week to put together a detailed discussion of the work. In other weeks we do something similar with work in progress of students in the class. Note this course has an unusal format, meeting roughly once every two weeks over the course of the year. The course meets late in the afternoon and is generally followed by a dinner for a group of participants.

POLS G8471x Chinese Politics In Comparative Perspective 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G8471
POLS
8471
07698
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
X. Lu 1 [ More Info ]

POLS G8492x Comparing Institutions 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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 states, nations and democracies developed over time and in different parts of the globe. Along the way, the course will introduce students to the main theories, approaches and debates in the literature on state building, identity formation and democratization and consolidation.

POLS G8526y Comparative Democratic Processes 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8426.

POLS G8601x Colloquium In Political Thought 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017.Constitutionalism, Sovereignty and Religion. 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 state. This course will explore alternative ways in which state and religion in constitutional democracies are and should be articulated. We will treat Federalism and Pluralism as alternative strategies for the management of the problem of difference, (particularly religious difference,) and for decentralizing the modern state. First, we will explore the common origins of both in feudal relationships, church self-government and the state of the estates. Second, we reconstruct the origins of the modern state and its doctrine of sovereignty, as answers to perceived threats in pluralist fragmentation, and imperial and papal trans-polity organization. Third, we will compare the new alternatives of centralized territorial state and decentralized federations. Using Tocqueville we will present the American design combining federalism and pluralism. Fourth we will present some revivals, successful or attempted of federalism and pluralism in the contemporary world. Fifth, we will consider four case studies: Turkey (imperial pluralism and republican centralization); Israel (pluralism without federalism), India (centralized federalism and partial pluralism) and Canada (federalism and multi-culturalism). As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8101.

POLS G8606x Liberalism 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 G8613y Interpretations of Democracy 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8113.

POLS G8621x The Federal Convention 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8121.

POLS G8624y Race in the History of Western Ideas 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8124.

POLS G8625x Imperialism and Political Theory 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor prior to registration. This is a reading course for graduate students, surveying the literature from an interesting new area of study in political theory. By reading and discussing a number of recent works and a couple of classics, we will attempt to identify the common characteristics of the various entities that have been described as "empires" from ancient Greece to the present day, and to evaluate the ideas that have been offered as justifications for and critiques of imperial projects. Issues for consideration will include: What is an empire? How has imperialism informed the arguments of canonical works of political philosophy? Do commerce and capitalism stimulate or suppress imperialism? Can imperialism persist after de-colonization? What strategies are appropriate for combatting imperialism? Are international institutions imperialist? Has the United States ever been an empire? Is it one now? And is any sort of imperialism acceptable?

POLS G8640y Commerce and Civic Virtue 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8140.

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: POLS G8640
POLS
8640
11531
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
T. Isiksel 10 [ More Info ]

POLS G8651y Normative Theories of Justice 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8151.

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2016 :: POLS G8651
POLS
8651
62702
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
D. Johnston 11 [ More Info ]

POLS G8672x Republicanism 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8172.

POLS G8804x Colloquium On International Political Economy 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. This is a survey course in international political economy. It will be conducted in a condensed format, meeting twice a week for half a semester. The first objective of the course will be to provide students a brief introduction to the large academic literature on key topics in IPE (incl. the politics of immigration, trade, foreign investment, and development). The course will thus help students prepare for the synthesis and analysis that is required in the comprehensive exam. Furthermore, the course will aim to introduce students to a variety of frontier research problems that currently animate work in the field, so they can see and evaluate examples of how empirical research is actually conducted rather than just commenting on "the classics". Finally, the course will help students initiate one of their own research projects, thus gaining some practical experience in elaborating a theoretical argument, drawing out testable implications, and analyzing relevant evidence. This course begins September 8, 2015 and ends on October 22, 2015.

POLS G8806x Causal Inference in International Political Economy 4 pts. This seminar is both a critical survey of empirical evidence on foreign aid, trade, and investment and an introduction to modern quantitative research methods used in international political economy. Substantively, the seminar will examine the relationships between economic instruments and human rights, conflict, public opinion, and other topics.

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G8806
POLS
8806
67247
001
Th 10:10a - 12:00p
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
A. Carnegie 9 [ More Info ]

POLS G8807x Armed Groups and Political Violence 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor prior to registration. This seminar will explore contemporary conflicts from a variety of different disciplinary approaches. We will cover a wide selection of topics related to the causes and dynamics of political violence as well as the organization and behavior of rebel organizations. The readings are drawn from works produced by academics as well as rebel theorists, policy makers and journalists. The course will be graded on a 25-25-50 basis, with a reading response worth 25%, a substantive research paper worth 50%, and class attendance and participation worth 25%. You are expected to attend all lectures and films and participat in the discussion.

POLS G8811y Civil Wars 4 pts. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 and Rational Choice 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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 G8839y The Causes and Consequences of Terrorism 3 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: POLS G6801 or the 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 2016 :: POLS G8839
POLS
8839
61729
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Th 2:10p - 4:00p
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
V. Fortna 10 [ More Info ]

POLS G8843y International Law and International Relations 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 G8844y Nationalism 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to registration. Theory and history of nationalism and international conflict. Nationalism as a cause of conflict in contemporary world politics. Role of the international community in promoting or containing nationalism.

POLS G8856x Political Economy of Environmental and Energy Policy 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration. This class brings graduate students to the research frontier in the political economy of environmental and energy policy. The goal of the class is to prepare students to conduct theoretically innovative, empirically rigorous, and substantively relevant research in the elds of political science, public policy, and economics. The class covers a wide range of topics, but the primary emphasis of the class is in understanding policy formulation. Political economy oers a set of tools for understanding how public opinion, interest groups, political institutions, and other factors shape governmental policy. Because virtually every environmental and energy problem requires a policy solution, understanding the policy formulation process is key to the future of energy and the environment. To understand the important of policy formulation, consider the following questions: 1. Why are some countries making ambitious investments in renewable energy, while others are not? 2. What determines the ability of Brazilian states and municipalities to control deforestation? 3. When and how do governments subsidize the consumption of fossil fuels? These are but some examples of policy questions that are critical to the sustainable development of human civilization and the planet. As we shall see in this class, answers to these questions revolve around politics.

POLS G8861y Change In the International System. 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission prior to 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 4 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. 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. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission prior to registration. 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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Spring 2016 :: POLS G8866
POLS
8866
72995
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
1302 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
R. Jervis 28 [ 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 2016 :: POLS G8867
POLS
8867
74193
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W 4:10p - 6:00p
402 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Urpelainen 4 [ More Info ]

POLS G9010x or y Special Research Course 4 pts. Prerequisites: the faculty sponsor's and the department chair's permission. Research projects formulated by individual students.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G9010
POLS
9010
60993
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TBA M. Ting 4 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
96153
002
TBA Y. Margalit 1 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
73451
003
TBA D. McCargo 2 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
75787
004
TBA S. Naidu 0 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
62538
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TBA I. Gertzog 1 [ More Info ]
POLS
9010
17801
007
TBA A. Nathan 1 [ More Info ]
Autumn 2016 :: POLS G9010
POLS
9010
26711
001
TBA Instructor To Be Announced 0 [ More Info ]

POLS G9440x and y Study of Development Strategies 2 pts.Not offered in 2016-2017. The focus of the course is close reading and re-analysis of emerging research in the political economy of development, broadly construed. The focus is on well-identified research whether based on experimental or observational data. It is intended for advanced graduate students (third-fourth year) who already have strong analytic skills. Auditors are welcome as long as they put in the work. Second time takers/auditors are also welcome. The overall structure is that in most weeks an external speaker comes to discuss new or in-progress research. The speaker does not present the work, however; instead they share their papers, data and code with the class in advance and a "replication team" has a week to put together a detailed discussion of the work. In other weeks we do something similar with work in progress of students in the class. Note this course has an unusal format, meeting roughly once every two weeks over the course of the year. The course meets late in the afternoon and is generally followed by a dinner for a group of participants. As of academic year 2016-2017, this course is now POLS 8440.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G9440
POLS
9440
16185
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
M. Humphreys 11 [ More Info ]

POLS G9901x Dissertation Seminar 4 pts. Enrollment limited to advanced students in the political science Ph.D. program except by the instructor's permission. Provides students the opportunity to present draft dissertation proposals and draft dissertation chapters.

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Autumn 2016 :: POLS G9901
POLS
9901
15723
001
F 11:10a - 1:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Lax 2 [ More Info ]

POLS G9902y Dissertation Seminar 4 pts. Enrollment limited to advanced students in the political science Ph.D. program except by the instructor's permission. Provides students the opportunity to present draft dissertation proposals and draft dissertation chapters.

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Spring 2016 :: POLS G9902
POLS
9902
77372
001
F 11:10a - 1:00p
711 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG
J. Lax 8 [ More Info ]