Nature of Politics (3)
Crucial issues in politics: individual and community; political obligation and civil disobedience; stability, revolution, and change; legitimacy and justice; freedom and power.
Introduction to International Relations (3)
Explanations of patterns of behavior in international systems. Topics include the state, sovereignty, war, power, nationalism, imperialism, security dilemmas, interdependence, international regimes, and ethical issues.
Comparative Politics (3)
Selected political systems considered in a comparative framework. Cases taken from among both more and less economically developed countries. Focuses on governmental processes and institutions.
American Government (3)
Comprehensive analysis of American political institutions. Issues and problems faced by federal, state, and local governments under the impact of modern conditions. The leading political, economic, and social influences affecting democratic government.
Law and Politics (3)
Inquiry into role of law and politics in federal court system. Focus on interaction between Supreme Court, Congress, and president. Assessment of role of courts in the United States.
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy (3)
Genesis and development of democracies and dictatorships in advanced industrial societies and in the third world. Role of capitalism; revolutionary, conservative, and liberal movements; contemporary forms of imperialism and dependency.
The Civic Community as Theory and Practice (3)
Critical examination of issues of civil community, citizenship, democracy, and civic responsibility. Includes special activities and discussion of community service performed in conjunction with course.
Corequisite: 01:790:400 Independent Study: CASE Community Service Placement (1).
Political Economy and Society (3)
Introduction to issues raised by the changing role of government toward business and the economy; survey of major policies; introduction to competing schools of political economic thought.
Topics in Political Science (1.5,1.5,1.5,1.5)
Special topics that vary with the instructor.
Introduction to Political Science Methods (3)
Logic and techniques of social science research. Topics may include survey research, experiments, content analysis, data processing, and elementary statistics.
No special math skills required.
Political Campaigning (3)
Development of campaign strategy, planning campaign activities, campaign organization, financing, public relations and media use, voter contact, polling, campaign ethics, the impact of campaigns on the American system.
American Party Politics (3)
Nature and functioning of the two-party system, its causes and effects. Particular attention devoted to the electoral role of parties, including political leadership and organization, nominations, campaigns, finance, and party programs.
Elections and Participation (3)
Mass political participation in the United States as reflected in voting, electoral politics, and other forms of political participation.
Congressional Politics (3)
Functions of legislatures; their structure, organization, and procedure; the problems and principles of lawmaking; and the process by which law is created.
Public Policy Formation (3)
Origin and impact of public policy decisions on society. How specific decisions are made. How these decisions affect the structure of society. Individual cases analyzed.
American Presidency (3)
Historical and legal evolution of the office of the presidency. Role of the president as party leader, chief legislator, executive, and public spokesman.
Survey Research (4)
Theory and practice of mass opinion surveys and their use in political science. Sampling theory, questionnaire format, question framing, interviewing, coding, and interpretation of results.
New Jersey Politics (3)
Examination of various aspects of politics in New Jersey, including elections, governmental institutions, and public policies and the policy-making process.
The Politics of Puerto Rican Development (3)
Analysis of relationship between political and economic development in the 20th century, changing nature of U.S./Puerto Rican relations, formation of the colonial state, and the statehood and independence movements.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:309.
Government of Britain and the Commonwealth (3)
Institutions and political practices in Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations. Emphasis on the functioning of democracy in the changing social, economic, and psychological conditions of the 20th-century world.
European Politics (3)
Analysis of national governments in western Europe and of the European Union (EU). Focus on contemporary issues including economic liberalization, welfare state reform, European law, foreign policy, and enlargement to eastern Europe.
Change in Latin America (3)
Emerging political and social issues in Latin America: development, democratization, sovereignty, religion, gender, race, migration.
Comparative Political Development of the Far East (3)
Government of the principal states of eastern Asia and the western Pacific, their domestic politics, and foreign policies.
Sub-Sahara African Policies (3)
Patterns of political change and political development in Africa south of the Sahara.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:016:314.
Politics and Culture (3)
Relationship among various aspects of culture, e.g., the role of symbol, myth, ritual, and religion and its relationship to politics.
Politics, Literature, and the Arts (3)
Discussion and analysis of political elements in selected aesthetic works that vary with the instructor.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:316.
Globalization and the Non-Western World (3)
Theoretical understanding of the political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of globalization. Study of these theories within the context of selected non-Western countries using social science texts, literature, and films.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:317.
Comparative Public Policy (3)
Inquiry into a current major area of public policy drawn from the field of comparative politics or international relations. Policy area varies from year to year.
Issues of American Foreign Policy (3)
Analysis of the major substantive questions facing U.S. foreign policy.
Theories of World Politics (3)
Alternative theories of world politics with emphasis on basic causal factors affecting global behavior.
Strategy in International Relations (3)
Examination of the dynamics of contemporary international politics, including strategic and bargaining theory.
Defense Policy (3)
Formulation of defense policy and doctrine, weapons development, the role of threats. Critical review of current U.S. military decisions.
Causes of War (3)
Recent scientific research on the emergence of serious disputes, escalation, conflict spirals, arms races, the outbreak of war, consequences of war, and conditions of peace.
American Politics: Executive and Legislative Decision Making (3)
Develops three models of individual decision making and applies them to executive and legislative branch decision making.
International Political Economy (3)
Interdependence of political and economic structures and processes in the development and management of the modern world economy.
Conflict and Change in the Caribbean (3)
Social development and political economy of the Caribbean in the context of its integration and membership in the capitalist world system. Interimperialist conflict and rivalry and their impact on the development of West Indian societies. The Caribbean as a microcosm of the third world.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:328.
Latino Politics in the United States (3)
Political organization of Latino communities in the Northeast since World War II. Role of Latinos in shaping U.S. domestic and foreign policy; the impact of immigration and language policies on political organization.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:329.
Interest Groups (3)
Role interest groups play in the representation of constituent interests, formulation of public policy, and implementation of governmental programs.
Urban Politics (3)
City politics and public policy. Urban government and major urban problems such as finance, poverty, housing and economic development, education, crime, transportation, and the environment.
Political Development of American Race Relations (3)
Development of race relations in the United States beginning with slavery. Relationship between the politics of race and the politics of class.
Politics of Black America (3)
Political perspectives and strategies of black Americans and the responsiveness of the American political system to the interests and demands of the black community.
Women and American Politics (3)
Women's participation in American politics, with emphasis on the
attitudes and behavior of women as voters, activists, and
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:336.
American Political Movements (3)
Origins and development of political and social movements in America; theories of their decay, reform, or absorption into the mainstream of American political life.
American Political Economy (3)
Analysis of the political factors associated with the structure of the American economy.
Government and Business (3)
Relations between business and government. Assessment of impact of governmental action on business. Analysis of lobbying, business participation in electoral process, public service and public image activities, and legal relations with government.
Contemporary Dominican Politics and Society (3)
Examination of Dominican politics, economy, and society from the start of the Trujillo era (1930) to the present. Focus on the authoritarian legacy of the Trujillo dictatorship, relations with the United States, electoral politics in the post-Trujillo period, and recurring trends of caudilloism, militarism, clientelism, and personalism in Dominican society.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:339.
Law and Society (3)
Examination of different ways of understanding law and its social,
cultural, and political significance. Topics may include the nature of
law, crime and punishment, the "adversary ethic," law and morality,
law's role in structuring social relationships, civil disputes, and
feminism and the law.
Public Administration: American Bureaucracy (3)
Institutional setting and political relationships in administration; leadership, decision making, personnel and budgeting functions; administrative law and regulation; the problem of responsibility.
Public Administration: Policymaking (3)
Bureaucracy's role in policy formulation, implementation, and rule
making with an emphasis on state and local influences on federal policy
Public Opinion (3)
Theory and research on public opinion in the United States, including uses and abuses of polls, recent trends in political and social opinions, and relationship between public opinion and public policy.
Mass Media and U.S. Democracy (3)
Theoretical and actual role of mass media in the United States, including the structure of mass media industry, news production, effects on political and social views, and how the media are regulated.
Political Socialization (3)
Theory and process of the development of political attitudes. The influence of the family, school, media, occupation, personality, and social background.
Psychology and Politics (3)
Political behavior of individuals and groups. Themes selected from personality and politics, attitude change, leadership, cognitive development, identity, ideology, psychology of oppression, and role theory.
Topics in American Politics (3)
Special topics in American politics that vary with the instructor.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:014:349.
Environmental Politics-United States and International (3)
Environmental politics and policy from American, comparative, and international perspectives. National styles of regulation, trade-environment conflicts, role of international institutions.
Contemporary Politics in the Middle East (3)
Contemporary politics of the Middle East through scholarly literature and through documentary-type films dealing with socioeconomic and cultural influences on politics.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:351 or 01:685:351.
Israeli Politics (3)
Basic understanding of the historical background of the establishment of the state of Israel; major characteristics of the political culture and institutions and how they have responded to the dynamic sociocultural and political changes that have shaped the society.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:352 or 01:685:352.
Government and Politics of Southeast Asia (3)
Comparative examination of Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, and Indonesia.
Southeast Asia in World Affairs (3)
Examination of the emergent states of Southeast Asia in world affairs with specific reference to big-power diplomacy, the United Nations, regionalism, neutralism, and war.
Women and Public Policy (3)
Examination of major public policy questions affecting women. Topics, drawn from the United States and other societies, may include reproduction issues, economic equality, violence against women, and political rights.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:355.
Comparative Political Economy (3)
Analysis of different approaches to political economy and the interaction of political, social, and economic forces in historical perspective.
Globalization, Democracy, and Contemporary Capitalism (3)
Comparison of contemporary market economies in developed and developing countries, how they are affected by integration into global markets, and the implications for democracy.
International Organizations (3)
Review of League of Nations, United Nations, World Court, and specialized agencies.
International Law (3)
Fundamental rules of international law in its relation to the state and the individual. Discussion of cases, status, treaties.
Conflict Resolution in World Politics (3)
Nature and management of conflict in world politics, with emphasis on the instruments and limits of national power; sources of international conflict; changing patterns of alliance and alignment; and approaches to peace, reconciliation, and stability.
Gender and Political Theory (3)
Role and place of gender in political thought. Readings drawn from major historical theorists and modern feminists.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:365.
Formulation of American Foreign Policy (3)
Foreign policy from an internal point of view; major institutions and constraints on policy implementation.
Topics in World Politics (3)
Intensive examination of a number of significant questions related to world politics. Questions vary with instructor.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Topics in Political Theory (3)
Examination of major issues in political theory. Topics vary by instructor.
Western Tradition: Plato to Machiavelli (3)
Relationship of man to society and the political order and the ethical foundations of politics as seen by the major Western political philosophers. Plato to Machiavelli.
Western Tradition: Hobbes to Mill (3)
Relationship of man to society and the political order and the ethical foundations of politics as seen by the major Western political philosophers. Hobbes and Rousseau to Mill and Marx.
Legal Philosophy, Rights, and Justice (3)
Place of law in the democratic state. The nature of law, its role in regulating behavior, legal reasoning, rival legal theories; the conflict between positivism and the theory of law; punishment and responsibility; various standards of justice.
Democratic Political Philosophy (3)
Analysis of the relationship between ethics and politics in contemporary democracy and current challenges to traditional democratic theory. Political obligation, the justification of authority, disobedience and the right of resistance, freedom, social justice, and equality.
American Political Thought (3)
Philosophical and theoretical foundations of the American republic with attention to themes and conflicts in American thought and culture. European background and political thought of the colonial period to the Civil War.
American Political Theory (3)
American political thought and philosophy in the era of industrialism, world power, and mass society. The political thought of political movements since the Civil War.
Marx and Marxist Theory (3)
Development of Marxist thought from Hegel to the 20th century. Alienation, class consciousness and class struggle, universal human emancipation, the labor theory of value, historical materialism, and the dialectic.
Theories of the Labor Movement (3)
Explores the various democratic, socialist, and Marxist ideas that influenced the labor movements of the 20th century. Particular emphasis on Karl Marx, Edward Bernstein, Lenin, Eugene Debs, Rosa Luxemburg.
Russian and Central European Political Thought (3)
Russian and central European Marxism; its origins in the 19th-century political thought of the region; Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and their intellectual opponents. Intellectual roots of the 1989-1991 revolutions.
Post-Communist Democracies (3)
Examination of democracy building in the post-Communist world. Focus on the interaction between legacies of Communism and new institutional designs in Russia and Eastern Europe. Major patterns of post-Communist politics identified, compared, and analyzed. Emphasis on political institutions, historical legacies, and cultural contexts.
Foreign Policy of Russia and the East European States (3)
Foreign policies of Russia, other Soviet "successor" states, and East European countries since 1989. Includes discussion of main features of foreign policy of former Soviet Union, relations between the Soviet Union and its satellite states, and international ramifications of the collapse of the Soviet bloc.
Politics of Post-Communist Economic Reforms (3)
Specific patterns of interaction between post-Communist politics and economic reforms examined. Brief introduction to political economy of Communism and its collapse. Politics of economic reforms. Discussion of neoliberalism, mechanisms of accountability, corruption, and clientelism.
Arab Politics and Society (3)
Study of Arab nationalism, civil-military relations, radical Islam, women in politics, and ethnic relations through social science readings and literature in translation.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:385.
Political Change in China (3)
Changes taking place in China in the 20th century, with particular
emphasis on the People's Republic of China. The utility of various
types of comparative analysis.
Ideologies of the Right (3)
Centers upon the sociopolitical experience of conservative and often reactionary movements in selected countries. Leading theorists discussed.
Topics in Comparative Politics (3)
Selected topics in comparative politics that vary with the instructor.
Formal Political Analysis (3)
Rational-choice approaches to understanding political behavior and institutions. Spatial models of direct and representative democracy; strategic behavior of political actors; ideal voting systems; selected applications in U.S. and other political systems.
Applied Research Methods (3)
Detailed instruction in methods of research in political science. Survey design, simulation, documentary analysis, use of computers, the epistemology of political science.
For students considering graduate study. For students interested in pursuing original research in political science, including honors theses or independent studies.
Political Science Seminar (3,3)
Seminars involving analysis, discussion, and research of topics in political science.
Open to political science majors only.
Washington Internship (9)
Internship in a government or public service agency in Washington, DC.
Prerequisites: 12 credits in political science, including 3 credits of advanced American government, or equivalent with permission of department; and junior or senior standing. Corequisite: 01:790:494. Graded Pass/No Credit. Field experience: 35 hours per week plus speaker series and group sessions. Residence in Washington, DC, required.
Washington Summer Internship and Research (9)
Internship in a government or public policy-related agency/office in Washington, DC; internship-related classroom activities; and research paper submitted to the department.
Prerequisites: 12 credits completed in political science, including 3 credits of introductory American government and 3 credits of advanced American government at the 300 level or above; 60 or more total credits completed toward graduation; and permission of the department. Residence in Washington required.
Independent Study (1,1)
Prerequisite: Permission of department before registration. Must be taken in conjunction with a 3-credit political science course specified in course list.
American Constitutional Law I (3)
Exploration of forms of legal reasoning and argumentation through close analysis of U.S. Supreme Court cases. Focus on economic policy, property rights, and substantive due process cases.
American Constitutional Law II (3)
Study of the dynamics of the American system of constitutional law with emphasis on national regulatory power, the role of Congress, the parameters of the war power, foreign relations, and the presidency in the constitutional structure.
Politics of Criminal Justice (3)
Systematic examination of the relationship between political variables, crime rates, police behavior, court dynamics and sentences, and prison practices and functions.
Prerequisite: 01:790:104 or 106 or permission of instructor.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3)
Political and civil rights and duties, such as freedom of the person; elementary freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion; freedom against arbitrary action; discrimination; free interchange of ideas.
Prerequisite: 01:790:104 or 106 or permission of instructor.
Courts and Public Policy (3)
Examines the legitimacy, capacity, and effectiveness of policymaking by the judicial branch.
Advanced Studies in Law (3)
Intensive seminar on selected public law issues.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Democracy and Markets in Latin America (3)
Transitions from authoritarian to democratic regimes in Latin America; economic policy challenges faced by new democratic governments; and prospects for the consolidation of democratic regimes.
Research Seminar on Causes of War (3)
Survey of the leading theories of the causes of war; student research projects on the causes of individual wars; comparison of the causes of different wars.
Prerequisites: At least one course in international relations or foreign policy and permission of instructor.
Contemporary Feminist Theory (3)
Survey of both classic and contemporary texts in feminist theory emphasizing their relevance for modern political thought and social praxis.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:423.
Gender and Political Economy (3)
Feminist theories of political economy. Effects of economic change on
women, political responses of women's movements in the United States
and internationally; differences of race, class, sexuality, and nation
in shaping such effects and responses.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:424.
Gender, Public Policy, and Law (3)
Advanced topics in gender, public policy, and law, focusing on a selected cluster of current issues. Topics may include regulation of sexuality and reproduction, labor organizing and labor politics, politics of welfare and poverty, and issues in health policy and politics.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:428.
The Practice of Politics (3)
Emphasizes the interaction of political science theory and literature with the realities of political experience.
Required of, and limited to, participants in the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Certificate Program.
Processes of Politics (3)
Exploration of significant aspects of the American political system, including representation, leadership, bargaining, advocacy, participation, and achievement.
Open only to participants of the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Certificate Program. Permission of instructor required.
Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)
Special topics in public policy that vary with the instructor.
Politics of American Capitalism (3)
Impact of continuing industrial and technological development on politics in Western society. Impact of multinational corporations on national sovereignty, stagflation, alienation, feminism, race relations, trade unionism, and youth culture.
Labor and American Politics (3)
Role of the labor movement in American politics. Importance of the workplace, community, ethnicity, and development of differentiated labor markets for political attachments and attitudes.
Advanced Studies in Political Economy (3)
Selected topics in political economy that vary with the instructor.
Advanced Studies in American Politics (3)
Selected topics in American politics that vary with the instructor.
Political Leadership (3)
Focus on the leader's problem of self-definition in a democratic
society. General issues explored through works in modern political
theory and ego psychology. Specific problems of American political
leadership examined through political novels, biographies, and case
Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics (3)
Selected topics in comparative politics that vary with the instructor.
Critical Perspectives on the Middle East (3)
Promotes critical thinking about the Middle East by analyzing how stereotypes and Western political theories hinder intercultural understanding and encourage students to think more dynamically about the relationship between the United States and the third world.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:451 or 01:685:451.
Advanced Topics in Middle Eastern Politics (3)
Detailed analysis of selected topics including religious radicalism, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gender politics, the authoritarian state, nationalism, politics of authenticity, and political economy of development.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:452.
Comparative Political Anthropology (3)
Development of political anthropology and its relationship to political science. Major approaches and trends in the field; kinship, patron/client relations, social networks, political symbols, myths, rituals, ideology, and their roles in political change.
Political Development of Asia (3)
Roots of modern nationalism in various Asian nations; emphasis on leaders and ideas.
Culture and Revolution in the Middle East (3)
Middle Eastern culture and its relationships with revolutionary movements and radical Islam. Major perspectives on current discourses regarding revolution and Middle Eastern culture.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:455.
Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (3)
Introduction to Islamic legal theory in its historical and modern political contexts. Contrasts Islamic law and legal theory with Western legal theory and constitutional thought.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:457.
Advanced Studies in Political Philosophy (3)
Selected topics in political philosophy that vary with the instructor.
Machiavelli and the Renaissance (3)
The Prince and other political works of Machiavelli in the context of the Renaissance.
Religion and Politics (3)
Relationship between religion and political life. Emphasis on the work of religious and political theorists. The place of religion in American political life and discussion of religion in contemporary politics.
Critics of Modernity (3)
Writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Max Weber and their impact on 20th-century social and political thought.
Critical Theory and Society (3)
Course emphasizes the development of dialectical thought in the 20th century. Emphasis placed on "Frankfurt School" and its major representatives such as Max Horkhiemer, Theodore Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and Herbert Marcuse.
Internship in Political Science (3,3)
Work in a designated agency; an appropriately designed academic project resulting in a paper.
Prerequisite: Permission of department before registration.
Field Internships in Political Science (3 or 6)
Internship in a government or public affairs office working 10 to 25 hours per week according to the number of credits elected. Graded on a pass/fail basis.
Pre- or corequisites: Junior or senior status and permission of department.
Advanced Independent Study and Research (3,3)
Supervised individual study of selected topics of interest with extensive reading and/or independent research project.
Prerequisite: Permission of department before registration.
Washington Research (6)
Internship-related seminar and research paper submitted to the department.
Corequisite: 01:790:397. Graded credits.
Honors in Political Science (3,3)
Independent readings on a specialized topic of interest; completion of research paper and an oral defense.
Open only to senior majors with 15 credits in political science and a 3.4 grade-point average or better in political science and a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point average. Both 01:790:495 and 496 must be completed to receive credit.
Thesis in Political Science (6,6)
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Both semesters must be completed in order to receive credit. For students writing an honors thesis.