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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2017 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Political Science 790 Graduate Courses  

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Courses for Ph.D. Students

16:790:501 Proseminar in American Politics (3) Overview of American politics. Topics include individual and institutional levels, the relationship between citizens and institutions, and the relationships between institutions.
16:790:503 Proseminar: Approaches to Comparative Analysis (3) Scope and practice of the field: nature of comparison; approaches to comparison; examples of current research on selected topics.
16:790:505 Constitutionalism and Judicial Politics (3) Role of the federal courts in the American system of democracy. Normative and empirical assessments of the foundations of judicial review and the alleged counter majoritarian problem; interactions between courts and the other electorally accountable branches; the role of litigants and mobilization processes in the judicial development of doctrine and policy.
16:790:506 Contemporary Constitutional Issues (3) Current public policy questions explored in the judicial forum, both national and state. A variety of research methods employed.
16:790:511,512 Proseminar in Political Thought: Plato to J.S. Mill (3,3) Intensive study of the history of Western political thought from Plato to J.S. Mill. Corequisites: 01:790:371, 372.
16:790:513 Philosophy of Political Inquiry (3) Introduction to major issues in political and social inquiry in the broad perspective of the philosophy of the social sciences. Epistemology, methodology, and historiography in political theory and political science. Prerequisites: 16:790:511,512, or permission of instructor.
16:790:514 American Political Thought (3) Major themes in American political thought from the 17th century to the present; emphasis on contemporary movements and ideas, including the new left, the new right, and black thought. Corequisites: 01:790:375, 376, or permission of instructor.
16:790:517 Democracy, Values, and Public Policy: Theoretical Foundations (3) Theoretical foundations of public policy in a democracy. Complementarity and conflict between such fundamental values as liberty, equality, justice, security, efficiency, quality of life, planning, community, fraternity, individuality, and privacy; theoretical implications of distinctions between public and private goods, interests, and values.
16:790:521 Proseminar: Theories of International Politics (3) Contemporary approaches to the study of international systems and the behavior of their national subsystems.
16:790:522 Theories of War and Peace (3) Survey of the existing theories and explanations of the causes of war and the conditions of peace.
16:790:523 Politics of Africa (3) Problems particular to African political development; colonial experience, one-crop economies, traditional social arrangements, ethnic particularism, and party organization.
16:790:524 Mass Media and Politics (3) The role, structure, and effects of mass media. Topics include models of mass communication, government regulation, the media as information sources and agents of socialization; media influence on candidate evaluation and voting.
16:790:530 Explanations of Foreign Policy (3) Systematic analysis of factors influencing the foreign policies of states; patterns of relationships.
16:790:531 Problems in American Politics (3) Selected specific problems in American politics, currently emphasizing state and local elections and campaigning.
16:790:532 Research Design in Political Science (3) Research design, the logic of political inquiry, qualitative research techniques, and the philosophy of the social sciences.
16:790:533 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Political Science (3) An introduction to probability and statistics and their application to political science data and questions.
16:790:534 The Presidency (3) Introduction to the historical development of the presidency, as well as significant dimensions of contemporary presidential politics. Contending approaches to studying the presidency. Topics include presidential selection; popular leadership; party politics; interest groups and social movements; and relations with Congress, the courts, and the bureaucracy.
16:790:539 Politics of the Middle East (3) Comparative analysis of nationalist movements, problems of social and cultural change, the Arab-Israeli dispute, and inter-Arab politics. Historical and contemporary perspectives. Prerequisite: 16:790:503.
16:790:540 Theories of Democratic Transition and Good Governance (3) This course examines the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that seek to explain the processes of democratic transitions, with examples from Western and non-Western politics.
16:790:541 Political Culture (3) Strengths and weaknesses of different political culture approaches; importance of cultural variables for understanding political change.
16:790:542 Political Anthropology: Comparative Cultural Approaches (3) Approaches to the analysis of culture: semiotics, phenomenology, hermeneutics, structuralism, and critical theory; applications. Meaning in politics: the roles of symbol, myth, metaphor, rhetoric, ritual, religion, and performance.
16:790:544 Collective Identity: Ethnicity and Nationalism (3) Approaches to conceptualizing collective political identity; comparative analysis of different types of nationalism and its ethnic origins and modernity.
16:790:545 Theories in Political Economy (3) Survey of the classical and contemporary literature from Smith and Marx to institutional game theory and rational choice models. Normative, theoretical, and empirical implications of competing schools of thought.
16:790:547 Foundations of Capitalism and the Modern State (3) Comparative historical development of Euro-American capitalism and state structures, from 1450 through the Industrial Revolution. The role of class relations, state elites, and international economic and geopolitical forces.
16:790:554 Collective Protest and Social Movements (3) Introduction to the literature on collective action, protests, and social movements; recent examples in Eastern Europe; relationships between structure and agency and between structure and culture.
16:790:555 Comparative Political Economy (3) Special reference to the third world. Major periods of sociopolitical transformation: the breakdown of precapitalist social formations, imperialism, decolonization, and revolutionary change. Theories of political economy originating in the developing world.
16:790:556 Proseminar in Public Law (3) Introduction to the major literature of the field; recent theories and methods in the study of the judicial process.
16:790:558 The British Tradition (3) Social contract theory, utilitarianism, and empiricism in English political thought, with emphasis on the political sources and meanings of works by Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Burke, Hume, and John Stuart Mill. Prerequisites: 16:790:511,512.
16:790:559 International Criminal Law and Corruption (3) The development of international criminal law, especially as related to the United Nations; emphasis on corruption.
16:790:560 Seminar in Doctrinal Analysis (3) Contemporary doctrinal issues; modes of conflict resolution, substantive law findings, and judicial craftsmanship; the interplay of forces at different stages in the adjudicatory process.
16:790:561 Political Economy of Latin America (3) Relation between models of capital accumulation and the development of democratic and authoritarian regimes. Special reference to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.
16:790:566 Theories of Political Violence and Stability (3) Understanding the origins of domestic violence and instability; relationships with the origins of international warfare; sources and consequences of ethnic conflict emphasized.
16:790:569 American Foreign Policy (3) Institutions and events that have shaped American foreign policy in the postwar era. Role of the president, Congress, the bureaucracy, the military, and public opinion. The influence of partisan, economic, and social pressures on the formulation and implementation of policy.
16:790:571 Elections and Participation (3) Determinants and consequences of various forms of political participation. Relationship between electoral systems and citizen behavior. Theories of democracy in light of empirical findings.
16:790:572 Political Parties (3) Structure and functioning of political parties. Emphasis on empirical studies of membership, nominations, party competition, campaigning, and finance.
16:790:573 Organized Interests (3) The role of interest groups, citizen groups, lobbying, and social movements in policymaking, with particular attention to the U.S. case; theories of collective action and pluralism are considered.
16:790:578 Feminism in Postmodernity (3) Political strategies for achieving gender equality in the context of contemporary feminist debates about the category of women, foundationalism, humanism, identity politics, and essentialism.
16:790:579 The Enlightenment: The Philosophers and Their Critics (3) Political thought of Kant, Rousseau, and their contemporaries. Emphasis on Enlightenment responses to the political, educational, and moral problems of modernity. Prerequisites: 16:790:511,512, or permission of instructor.
16:790:580 The 19th Century: Continental Political Thought from Hegel to Marx to Nietzsche (3) Topics in the political thought of selected theorists from sequences, including Hegel, Herder, Marx, and Nietzsche; and de Maistre, Bonald, Comte, and Fourier. Prerequisites: 16:790:511,512, or permission of instructor.
16:790:582 Public Opinion (3) Sources and consequences of public knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about politics. The measurement of public opinion. Political ideology. Linkages between public opinion and public policy.
16:790:584 Themes in Feminist Theory in Politics (3) In-depth study of a particular tradition or key debate within contemporary feminist theory. Themes vary.
16:790:585 Social Class and Ideology (3) Effects of changes in the organization of work and labor markets on political behavior and consciousness. Consequences of race, gender, and ethnicity for class formation.
16:790:586 Psychology of Political Behavior (3) Introduction to basic explanatory theories at the individual level of analysis. Topics may include personality, attitudes, political cognition, group influences, political socialization, and behavioral decision theory.
16:790:587 Proseminar in Women and Politics (3) Introduction to approaches, methods, and debates in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship that are useful in analyzing politics.
16:790:588 Gender and Mass Politics (3) Gender-related influences on political attitudes, voting behavior, and other forms of political participation. Effects of feminist consciousness on attitudes and behavior.
16:790:589 Women and Political Leadership (3) History, background, recruitment, and performance of women in leadership positions. Women leaders' relationship to power and their impact on public policy and public institutions.
16:790:590 Gender and Political Theory (3) Analysis of political theory as a signifying practice. The discursive uses of gender in delineating the public sphere, constituting the citizen-subject, and articulating the relations of nation and class.
16:790:591 Gender and Public Policy (3) Theoretical and policy questions raised by issues related to gender inequality, including welfare and poverty, reproductive rights, violence against women, women and work, health policy, and women and militarism.
16:790:592 Politics, Development, and Women (3) Political, social, and cultural impact of developmental processes on women. Theories of development and feminist critiques.
16:790:593 Gender and Comparative Politics (3) Major paradigms used in the study of comparative politics, major critiques of these paradigms put forward by feminist scholars working in the field.
16:790:594 Women's Movements in Comparative Perspective (3) Development and impact of women's movements in cross-cultural perspective. Analysis of the conditions and implications of women's participation in movements such as nationalist, labor, and independent women's movement.
16:790:595 Advanced Survey Research (3) Sample design, questionnaire construction, interviewer training and evaluation, analysis of survey data, and preparation of proposals for potential users.
16:790:596 Advanced Topics in Women and Politics (3) Seminar offered on occasion on topics of special interest to students of women and politics.
16:790:597 Emerging Trends in Political Science (3) Intensive research seminar for advanced graduate students in political science. Topics vary.
16:790:599 Research Seminar in Political Science: Applications of Quantitative Methods (3) Intensive study and research application of selected methods.
16:790:605 Philosophy of Law and Jurisprudence (3) The nature of law and its relation to other normative systems; major legal philosophies. Other topics include legal reasoning, the enforcement of morality, and the justification of punishment.
16:790:607 Contemporary Philosophy and Politics (3) Recent developments in philosophy and their implications for politics and political theory.
16:790:608 Critical Theory (3) This course will concentrate on those thinkers, usually associated with western Marxism and the Frankfort school, who are the most important representatives of what has come to be known as critical theory.
16:790:610 Research Topics in Political Philosophy (3) Intensive research seminar for advanced students. Topics vary from year to year.
16:790:611 Advanced Research in Political Economy (3) Working faculty-graduate student seminar. Presentations of original research.
16:790:612 Seminar in Law and Politics (3) Intensive study of selected problem areas that may include issues in criminal justice, law and society, and judicial decision making.
16:790:613 Law, Courts, and the Politics of Social Reform (3) Role of law and courts in the politics of social reform in the United States. Various ways of understanding and investigating the interplay of law and politics in reform projects, with an emphasis on recent developments in the legal academy (e.g., feminist legal theory, critical race theory), as well as in political science.
16:790:614 Advanced Topics in Public Law (3) Advanced research seminar in public law provides an opportunity for the design of doctoral research projects and the investigation of their feasibility. Open only to upper-level Ph.D. candidates.
16:790:616 The U.S. Congress (3) Introduces students to the major components of Congress: congressional elections; committees; congressional leadership; the legislative process, interest groups, and the relations of Congress with the president and the courts.
16:790:619,620 Advanced Topics in American Politics (3,3) Issues of topical concern in American politics. See instructor for specific topics and issues.
16:790:623 Seminar in Constitutional Law (3) Advanced seminar with emphasis on individual research projects assessing judicial craftsmanship and doctrinal lines of inquiry.
16:790:627 Topics in International Politics (3) Specialized studies and research in international politics. Topics include mathematical models in international politics and peace research methods and literature. Open only to advanced students.
16:790:630 International Political Economy (3) Topics that develop the theory of the structure and dynamic of the global political economy. Current emphasis on the development of the post-Depression World War II international economy, especially relations among OECD countries.
16:790:633 Multivariate Techniques (3) Focus on multiple regression, but also may include categorical regression, factor analysis, causal modeling, and analysis of variance. Strong emphasis on computer applications.
16:790:634 Game Theory for Political Scientists (3) Introductory course in game theory for political science graduate students.
16:790:636 Dissertation Proposals and Research in Women and Politics (3) Students produce a working draft of a dissertation proposal. Preparation for the actual process of the dissertation.
16:790:640 Research Seminar on War and Peace (3)   Original research conducted in the area of war and peace. Prerequisites: 16:790:522, 567.
16:790:642,643 Advanced Topics in Multivariate Statistics (3,3) Multivariate techniques beyond OLS regression. Topics include maximum likelihood estimation; dichotomous, ordinal, and nominal logistic regression; multilevel modeling; hazards models; and latent variable structural equation modeling. Prerequisite: 16:790:633 or equivalent.
16:790:644 Applied Formal Models in Political Science (3) Survey of applied formal models in political science; applications to specific questions and problems.
16:790:654 Quantitative Approaches to International Relations (3) Major current attempts to build an empirically based theory of international politics. Data-generation techniques, methods of testing, and substantive findings.
16:790:667 Research Seminar in Political Psychology (3) Advanced seminar examining in depth, through individual research, selected topics in political psychology.
16:790:668 Advanced Topics in Game Theory (3) Current and classic applications of game theoretic models in published research. Prerequisite: 16:790:634.
16:790:670 Independent Study in International Relations (3)
16:790:671 Independent Study in Public Law (3)
16:790:672 Independent Study in Women and Politics (3)
16:790:673 Independent Study in Political Theory (3)
16:790:674 Independent Study in Political Economy (3)
16:790:676 Independent Study in American Institutions and Policy (3)
16:790:677 Independent Study in Comparative Politics (3)
16:790:678 Independent Study in Methodology (3)
16:790:680 Advanced Topics in International Relations (3) Advanced research seminar in international relations, intended to provide an opportunity for the design of doctoral research projects and the investigation of their feasibility. Open only to upper-level Ph.D. students.
16:790:686 Research in Comparative Politics (3) Directed research for advanced students. An advanced seminar for Ph.D. candidates who plan to specialize in the comparative government and politics field for their degree.
16:790:701,702 Research in Political Science (BA,BA) Designed to provide students working on Ph.D. theses with credit for their research.

Courses for Students in the M.A. Program in Political Science--Concentration in United Nations and Global Policy Studies


Core I: Foundation (students must complete all 9 credits/three classes)

16:790:518 Theory and Method in the Study of Global Affairs (3) This seminar examines how developments in the global arena are affecting the quality of life of the world's citizenry, both in advanced industrialized countries and in less-developed countries (LDCs) of the non-Western world through various methodological approaches in political science.
16:790:525 Introduction to the United Nations (3) Introduces students to the historical, theoretical, and practical foundations of the United Nations and discuss the UN's influence as an intergovernmental organization for public policy and international norm setting in the areas of security, peacekeeping, human rights, and development.
16:790:546 Capstone Seminar in the United Nations and Global Policy Studies (3) The Capstone seminar deepens and helps complete students' engagement with the various concentrations in the master's degree with an underlying focus on the question "Does Democracy Matter?"

Core II: Electives (students must complete 27 credits/nine classes)


Courses numbered 16:790:546 are Special Topics courses.

16:790:500 Theories and Practices of International Negotiations (3) The course has two purposes: 1) ensure a better understanding by students of the principles and necessities of negotiation, and subsequently 2) help students gain proficiency in conducting negotiation. Theories and models will help in the first task while exercises and simulations will help in the second.
16:790:508 Transitional Justice and Constitutionalism in the Globalized World (3) Competing theories of transitional justice as they in turn relate to questions of constitutionalism in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Global South.
16:790:515 Human Rights and the United Nations (3) Focuses on the United Nations human rights promotion and protection system.
16:790:517 Internship in the United Nations and Global Policy Studies (3) This course allows students to gain hands-on experience by taking internships with the UN agencies, governmental institutions, NGOs, and think tanks.
16:790:519 State Building after Civil Wars: The Role of the UN and the International Community (3) This course covers such aspects of civil wars as causes, prevention, external intervention, ending wars, peace settlement, peacekeeping, transitional justice, and reconciliation.
16:790:530 Women, Islam, and Development (3) Discusses the role of women in Islam and their participation in the development of local and global communities.
16:790:536 International Law and the United Nations (3) Competing theories of commitment and compliance with international law and the role of the United Nations in the formation, operation, and enforcement of international law across a variety of substantive issues.
16:790:537 Theories of Military and Diplomatic Policy (3) The links between war, statecraft, and diplomacy in formulating grand strategy, seen through historical, social, scientific, and philosophical works. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the M.A. program or consent of instructor.
16:790:538 Narratives of Inequality and Power (3) The links between wealth, inequality, and power in global markets, as seen through historical, social, scientific, and philosophical works. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the M.A. program or consent of instructor.
16:790:540 Theories of Democratic Transition and Good Governance (3) This course examines the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that seek to explain the processes of democratic transitions, with examples from Western and non-Western politics.
16:790:543 Theory and Method in the Study of Conflict Resolution (3) The meaning of conflict, intergroup conflict, violence, peace; links between theory, research, and practice.
16:790:546 Global Business Models and Socially Responsible Investment (3) This course will introduce and discuss in detail how socially responsible investment, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in particular, have evolved in recent years, the ethical issues it raises, questioning its standards and methodologies, and evaluating its proposed social and environmental impact.
16:790:546 Theories and Strategies of Counterterrorism (3) Studies the theories and strategies of counterterrorism to reach a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. The course will discuss a strategy based on the mistakes and lessons to be learned from the past, putting military, political, economic, financial, and social solutions in perspective.
16:790:546:02 Mutually Reinforcing: Democracy, Development, and Human Rights (3) "Democracy, development, and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing." The course begins by tracing the origins of how each of these seminal concepts became central concerns of the international community, then tracks both their normative articulation and their practical implementation and asks the students to draw conclusions on the extent of mutual reinforcement between the three concepts.
16:790:546:90 Post-Communist Transitions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (3) Offers students advanced theoretical, historical, and comparative studies of social and political transitions from single party Communist rule in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
16:790:553 Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations (3) The role of the United Nations in creating an international regime of environmental protection.

16:790:559 International Criminal Law and Corruption (3) The development of international criminal law, especially as related to the United Nations; emphasis on corruption.
16:790:562 Politics of Globalization in Theory and Practice (3) While respecting the economic discourse that has characterized the discussion of globalization, the course will link it to the political aspects impacting both domestic and global governance.
16:790:566 Extremism, Violence, and Political Change (3) This course examines the methods and theories of radicalization and extremism through analyzing the history of democratic theories with special attention to its extreme context.
16:790:568 Globalization and Forced Migration (3) The impact of global forced migration on political structures and socioeconomic development; refugee governance, especially UN HCR protections and refugee status determination. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the M.A. program or consent of instructor.
16:790:569 American Foreign Policy (3) Institutions and events that have shaped American foreign policy in the postwar era. Role of the president, Congress, the bureaucracy, the military, and public opinion. The influence of partisan, economic, and social pressures on the formulation and implementation of policy.
16:790:570 Advancing International Women's Human Rights (3) Women's international human rights as articulated by the United Nations and CEDAW; women's rights abuses and legal, policy, and social remedies.
16:790:574 International Institutions and Global Governance (3) This course surveys the most important international institutions in world politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on the rise and fall of the League of Nations in the period between the two World Wars, the process of European integration from its inception in the European Coal and Steel Community to the present day, the United Nations during and after the Cold War, NATO during and after the Cold War, and GATT/the WTO in the arena of international trade.
16:790:576 Counterterrorism and Democracy (3) The problem of terrorism is not new, and it is never going to be "solved." We need a serious debate on what sort of laws and rules the society needs and can live with for the next hundred years. This course focuses on what policy ought to be to counter terrorism.
16:790:585 The Politics of Global Food Insecurity (3) This course examines questions related to global food politics, particularly hunger and food security. We will consider controversial solutions such as food aid, local movements, and genetically modified organisms.
16:790:596:01 Advanced Topics in Women and Politics: Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment, and the United Nations (3) Examines the global dimensions of feminist organizing and policymaking. The course seeks to introduce students to basic concepts and debates on feminism and globalization.
16:790:600 Democracy in Crisis (3) This course is about democratization, not the day-to-day of national politics. It is about where democracy is heading and what are its strengths and vulnerabilities. While examples will be drawn from national and supranational politics, it remains the aim of the course to use these as illustrating the problems of democratic consolidation.
16:790:601 Indigenous Political Theory (3) Theoretical debates about the meaning of the "indigenous" as they relate to political movements in Africa, South America, and the larger Global South.
16:790:609 Political Economy of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (3) The development of sustainable development goals; poverty reduction strategies, with emphasis on the UN ECOSOC tasks and goals.
16:790:617 Origins of Radicalism and Political Instability in the Contemporary Middle East (3) This course examines political and socioeconomic trends, which have increased radicalism and instability in the contemporary Middle East, as well as possible policies that can address these problems.
16:790:621 Politics of Water and Security (3) Focuses on the conceptual framework, theories, and empirical evidence linking water, as a vital natural resource, to matters of security, conflict, and cooperation in MENA. Domestic and transboundary water issues, in addition to international water resource problems, will be discussed through a number of case studies: Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.
16:790:622 Politics, Economics, and Security in East Asia (3) Examines politics, economics, and security in East Asia through the prism of regionalism and investigates major power politics in a dynamic part of the world.
16:790:624 United Nations: Politics, Institutions, and Practices (3) This course emphasizes politics, institutions, and practices of the UN through the modules on UN documentation, peace and security, rule of law, SDG, and UN career.
16:790:630 International Political Economy (3)
Topics that develop the theory of the structure and dynamic of the global political economy. Current emphasis on the development of the post-Depression World War II international economy, especially relations among OECD countries.
 
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