Introduction to Politics (R) (3)
General introduction to major concepts, issues, and theoretical approaches to the study of politics.
For students beginning a political science major and for students with other majors interested in a course in politics.
Political Issues (R) (3)
Focuses on major, contemporary political issues.
Basic Urban Issues (3)
The identification of, study of, and governmental response to selected urban problems. Liberal, conservative, and radical views.
American State and Local Governments (R) (3)
Examination of the crucial role of state governments and their subdivisions in the American federal system. Conditions for responsive, effective government.
Introduction to Comparative Politics (G) (3)
Introduction to major types of political systems in today's world.
Explores contemporary issues, such as political stability and
responsiveness, democratization, political and economic development,
minority rights, and transnational integration.
Introduction to International Politics (G) (3)
Basic concepts underlying theories of international relations (such as national power, balance of power, deterrence, and war and peace); forces shaping international relations (such as nationalism and ideology, including democratic and communist); national as well as international instruments or institutions through which international relations are conducted (such as foreign policy, international law, and international organization).
Introduction to American Politics (R) (3)
A comprehensive survey of American national government; its institutions, functions, and processes, including constitutionalism, federalism, elections, pressure politics, social and economic policies, and national security.
Urban Social Ecology (D) (3)
Seeks new solutions to urban problems by redefining them in terms of local, regional, national, and global systems. Problems to be addressed may include exclusionary zoning, inner-city education, urban housing, urban economic development, and crime.
Geography and the World (3)
Examines how political and social developments have transformed natural
environments and how natural environments influence political and
Practical Politics (3)
Students expected to undertake an internship in a political office or organization, or in a nonpartisan political organization.
Politics and Culture (D) (3)
As America makes the transition to a
nation with no single ethnic group in a majority, Americans, like citizens of
many other nations, are locked in a debate about what it means to be an
"American." This course begins by examining the differences and similarities between American political culture and the political
cultures of other nations. Is American political culture unique? Can we
identify a traditional set of common political values and attitudes that have
bound our nation together to create E Pluribus Unum? Should these
values, which underlie our political culture, change as our population becomes
more diverse? Will our commitment to diversity undermine, or enhance, our
cohesion as one nation? The course will also analyze and examine how
changed, identify the forces changing
and assess the various conceptions of the America of
Government and Politics of Western Europe (G) (3)
Government and politics of Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy; the Scandinavian democracies; and the Benelux and European community structures. Contemporary tensions and changes within and among the major governments of continental Europe.
Public Policy Analysis (3)
Explores the perspectives utilized in the analysis and evaluation of public policymaking and policy results. Topics include the public interest, cost-benefit analysis, normative constraints, policy evaluation methods, and the political implications of systematic policy analysis.
New Jersey Politics (3)
Structures and processes both of state and local governments, how they relate to each other and the federal system, and how citizens and public officials can ensure their proper operations. Educational reform, zoning and land-use disputes, the role of the courts as a key part of the New Jersey political system, the growth of professionalization in public administration, and the representation of interests in Trenton.
Government and Politics of Latin America (G) (3)
Emphasis on how governmental practices and participation of political groups in various Latin American countries have been linked to their socioeconomic structures. The role of parties and special groups, such as the military, labor, the Catholic Church, and students. The particular problems of Latin American political development and government economic and social policymaking in an era of modernization.
Government and Politics of the Far East (G) (3)
Examines contemporary political and economic problems of China and
Japan against background of their political history, political systems,
and political cultures. Current controversies and policies analyzed in
the light of historical, governmental, and cultural factors.
Comparative Public Policy (G) (3)
Examines the content and consequences of public policy in modern industrial democracies, enabling students to analyze and evaluate the issues in contemporary American policy debates. Issues covered include administrative reform, inflation, unemployment, income distribution, health and welfare, energy, taxation, international trade, and transportation.
Problems in Contemporary American Foreign Policy (G) (3)
Analyzes (1) patterns of post-World War II American foreign policy in terms of national interests, goals, and instruments, and (2) external and internal factors shaping these interests, goals, and instruments, including changes in international political and economic conditions (external factors) and national values, public opinion, governmental structures, roles, processes, and leadership factors (internal factors). Seeks understanding of American responses to problems confronting U.S. foreign policy, such as ideological conflicts and conflicts over the distribution of power and economic resources as in East-West and North-South conflicts.
Problems in Contemporary International Politics (G) (3)
Study of the post-Cold War order and analysis of current theoretical issues as well as international problems such as the environment, gender issues, and rise of national and ethnic tensions.
The Legislative Process (3)
Analysis of Congress, its internal organization and structure, and relation to other political institutions in the system, such as the president, political parties, courts, bureaucracy, and interest groups.
World Communism (G) (3)
Analysis of Soviet foreign policy and international communism. Topics
include the Cold War, the Sino-Soviet dispute, and the role of the
world's communist parties today.
Comparative Politics of Developing Nations (G) (3)
Comparative study of political, cultural, and socioeconomic forces in selected developing countries, including traditionalism, colonialism, nationalism, class formation, praetorianism, revolutionary movements, and imperialism.
Comparative Politics of Eastern Europe (G) (3)
Analyzes political developments in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia), Poland, and other major nations of Eastern Europe. Particular attention paid to the emergence of post-World War II political structures and the role of the former Soviet Union.
Urban Policy and Economic Development (3)
The analysis of the forms, functions, and problems of the municipality. The interrelations among economic development, business interests, and public policy in urban areas.
Urban Political Systems (3)
Modern urban government, social and political problems of the city, types of government organizations, and the relations of the city with other units of local government.
The CIA and American Intelligence (3)
Role of the Central Intelligence Agency in the formulation and
implementation of American foreign policy and of the CIA's interaction
with other intelligence agencies, the National Security Council, and
Congress. Intelligence collection, intelligence
analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action.
Government and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (G) (3)
An inquiry into the political processes and governmental institutions of countries of sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on the dynamics of political development and social and economic changes.
Government and Politics of the Middle East (G) (3)
An introduction to the government and politics of Israel, the Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and certain other marginal lands. Consideration of contemporary crises and tensions and the role of nationalism, world history, World War II, ideological competition, and power politics in the area.
Government and Politics of South and Southeast Asia (G) (3)
A study of the political history, politics, government, and contemporary political and economic problems and policies of South and Southeast Asian political systems, with an emphasis on the Indian subcontinent in South Asia and Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia in Southeast Asia.
Government and Business in the International System (G) (3)
Examines the relationships between government and business in advanced industrial democracies and the extent to which public sector/private sector ratios promote or retard economic growth. Assesses the factors that promote close relationships between government and business in some countries, like Japan, and disorganized and chaotic relationships in others, like the United States.
Urban Planning (3)
Introduction to the urban planning process: problems, concepts, and tools of planning for and with urban residents. Emphasizes the different roles and responsibilities of planners in influencing social and environmental changes.
Principles of Public Administration (3)
The structure and organization of administrative machinery in the United States. The theory and politics of contemporary bureaucracy with emphasis on administrative forces, decision making, enforcement, administrative courts, responsiveness, and innovations.
Administrative Law and Public Policy (3)
An examination of the major concepts and techniques of administrative
law--delegated legislation, adjudicatory procedures, judicial
review--and an exploration of the application of these concepts and
techniques to the process of formulating and evaluating public policy.
Urban Legal Problems (3)
Analyzes contemporary urban problems from a legal perspective, while recognizing that law is a product of political processes; explores legal problems including municipal powers, intergovernmental relations, zoning, urban renewal, legal aspects of tax reform, and law used as a vehicle of urban social change.
Current Readings in Political Science (3)
Open to anyone admitted to the honors program. In order to initiate this reading program, the student should approach the professor with whom he or she expects to work concerning a specific topic or area of inquiry.
Violence, Revolution, and Terrorism (G) (3)
Examines leading social science theories of revolution and political violence. Focuses on revolutionary and counterrevolutionary movements in selected countries. Discusses policies and strategies for responding to terrorism.
Political Parties in the United States (3)
History, structure, and organization of major and minor parties. The functions of parties in modern society. Strengths and weaknesses of contemporary party alignments. The nature of the electoral process and the electorate.
Voting and Opinion (3)
Voting behavior, political attitudes, and opinions of electorates. Also focuses on the relationships between political attitudes and voting and between voting and public policies.
Women and Politics (D) (3)
Examines the modern political history of the women's movement,
particularly in the United States. Explores the political and
ideological context of current issues and socioeconomic trends
affecting women, and analyzes the sociopolitical status and problems of
women primarily within the United States, with a secondary emphasis on
women in socialist and third-world countries.
Urban Public Policy (3)
Approaches to the analysis of urban policy issues. Attention to such topics as poverty, unemployment, education, housing, health, crime, transportation, and environment. Emphasis on policy as an instrument for social change.
Politics of Intergovernmental Relations (3)
Constitutional, political, and institutional
relationships among U.S. federal, state, and local governments,
including grants-in-aid, revenue sharing, interstate compacts, and
Politics of Minority Groups (D) (3)
An analysis of the tactics, goals, and impact of organized minorities in the American political arena; groups studied include women, blacks, Chicanos, various ethnic groups, and selected third-party movements.
Classical Political Theory (W) (3)
The leading figures of Western political theory from Plato to Machiavelli.
Modern Political Theory (3)
The leading figures of Western political theory from Hobbes to the present.
American Political Thought (3)
The heritage of ordered liberty in America. Analysis of the writings of such major figures in American thought as Jefferson and Madison, as well as broad theories of the operation of American political institutions.
Government and Politics of the Former Soviet Union (G) (3)
Governmental institutions, politics, and policies of the USSR. Emphasis on the nature of executive leadership, the operation of bureaucratic controls, the procedures and results of economic planning, strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet system, and the role of Marxist and Leninist ideology.
Judicial Process (3)
The functioning of federal and state courts in the American political system. Topics include plea bargaining, judicial decision making, and the role of courts in policy development.
International Law and Organization (G) (3)
An examination of the principles, foundations, and institutions of international law regulating diplomatic, financial, commercial, maritime, and cultural transactions among nations, as well as restraints on the use of force in international relations. The primary focus is on international law; international organization is examined as one of the concepts and institutions that has evolved within the international legal system.
The National Security/Homeland Security Establishment (3)
An examination of the legal, organizational, and political
components of the numerous agencies dealing with security issues in the United States
since 9/11. Includes intelligence gathering, sharing and evaluation, the
organization of the homeland security department, counterterrorism strategies;
also focuses on cooperation and conflict in relations among the executive,
legislative, and judicial branches of government in matters of national security.
Empirical Political Theory (3)
Major empirical theories in political science, such as role theory, group theory, and public choice, including research methods. Studies the place of theory in political science research.
Quantitative Methods in Political Science (3)
Examination of the application of quantitative methods in the study of causal relations in political science.
Honors Research (3)
Individual writing, research, and preparation of an original thesis paper or research portfolio.
Required of all honors students.
Formulation of American Foreign Policy (3)
Examines the processes by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Analyzes the relative influence exercised on U.S. foreign policy by the executive and legislative branches of government and the changing roles of the presidency, Departments of State and Defense (as well as other agencies of government, such as the Central Intelligence Agency), and Congress. Reference also made to the external constraints on the American foreign policy decision-making process.
Individual Internship in Political Science (BA 3-6)
Students work in a political or governmental capacity and meet regularly for faculty consultation and exploration of experiences and conclusions.
American Constitutional Development (3)
Judicial review and constitutional interpretation. Focuses on the separation of powers; federal-state relations; and national powers relating to war, regulation of commerce, and civil rights.
Prerequisite: 50:790:215 or junior status.
The Constitution and Criminal Law (3)
Examines those parts of the U.S. Constitution that establish the rights
of citizens when they become subjects of criminal investigation and
prosecution. Among other things, this course will look at the
limits the Constitution places on the government's power to search and
survey individuals, to interrogate individuals, the right to counsel,
and the right of individuals to protection against double jeopardy and
cruel and unusual punishment.
Prerequisite: 50:790:381 or junior status.
The American Presidency (3)
The constitutional basis and development of the American presidency. The potentialities of presidential government, patterns of presidential politics, and the power, strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of presidential authority.
Law and American Civilization (3)
An introduction to the history and philosophy of law and American legal institutions.
Comparative Constitutional Law (3)
Compares and contrasts constitutions of countries from different
continents and from different legal traditions, including civil law,
common law, and Islamic law. Examines how they deal with
important issues including judicial review, constitutional entrenchment
and amendment, religious pluralism, social welfare rights, power
sharing, minority protection, and freedom of expression and association.
Political Methodology (3)
Design and execution of research in politics, including the use of existing data and gathering data in the field. Introduces the student to the use of computers as they relate to the discipline of political science.
The Supreme Court as a Political Institution (3)
The place, role, and function of the court in American politics.
Examines the court's role in the separation of powers, the extent to
which the court is a democratic institution, the character of the
justices' decision making, and the impact of court decisions.
Seminar in Political Development (G) (3)
Analysis of the forces of modernization and political development, with special attention to comparative study of political development.
Seminar on War and Peace (G) (3)
War as an activity of people and nations. The theology, philosophy, politics, economics, and laws that are part of the emotion, rationale, and literature of war.
Theory and Practice of Marxism (3)
Analyzes how Marxist theory has evolved. Discusses the role of Marxism today.
Politics, Business, and American Capitalism (3)
Examines the philosophical, political, and economic bases of government-business relations in the United States. Surveys the evolution of macroeconomic policy as well as such contemporary issues as "stagflation," trade and industrial policy, and public ownership.
Modernization in the Third World (G) (3)
Domestic and international factors bearing on the political-economic development of third-world nations.
Civil Liberties in Times of Emergencies (3)
This course examines the effect of war and other
national emergencies on the protection of individual rights and the balance that should be struck between national security and individual liberties. Although the course focuses primarily on national emergencies throughout American history, it will also examine how other countries have sought to strike the balance between national security and liberty.
Resource Scarcity and National Security (G) (3)
Natural resources are closely linked to economic prosperity
and international security. The need to procure and protect vital resources,
particularly oil and water, has had a profound impact on U.S.
national security and foreign policy. The purpose of this course is to study
three major aspects linking natural resources and national security: 1) U.S.
energy security and energy policy, 2) types of violence associated with
conflict over scarce resources, and 3) strategies for conflict resolution. The
course concludes with a discussion of the future trajectory of resource
disputes and the policy implications for national security.
Radical Islam Challenges the West (G) (3)
This course introduces students to the place of radicalism within the Islamic world,
and examines and analyzes why, when, how, and even whether it poses
significant security challenges to the liberal democratic tradition of the
West. The course will also focus on the relationship of this challenge to the
forces of globalization.
Anti-Americanism (G) (3)
Anti-Americanism, a means of challenging American power and global leadership, and
defined as a set of negative predispositions towards the United States, has been
energized by the unipolar world following the collapse of Communism. This course
will explore and examine three different (and even contradictory) forms of
anti-Americanism: liberal anti-Americanism, which criticizes our support for
dictatorships abroad, social anti-Americanism, which criticizes our lack of
social welfare programs, and sovereign-nationalist anti-Americanism from
nations wanting to preserve identities which may be at odds with the liberal
democratic values America seeks to export.
Contemporary Propaganda (G) (3)
In the 21st century, ideas--religious and secular--are competing for global dominance. Military force to impose one value system over another is increasingly stymied by asymmetric warfare and low-intensity conflict, as well as by the preference of the international community for peaceful dialogue over force. Since propaganda has emerged as an increasingly potent weapon in the war of ideas, this course will define propaganda, examine and analyze how and why it is disseminated, and investigate whether democracies or dictatorships are better at conducting propaganda campaigns.
Government, Business, and American Politics (3)
Examines the relationship between democracy and capitalism; contending
views about capitalism's future in the United States; and current
government-business relations, with particular emphasis on regulatory
policy and politics.
Human Freedoms and the Constitution (3)
The Constitution and basic civil liberties issues. Analysis of Supreme Court decisions dealing with freedom of speech and press, rights of defendants, freedom of religion, discrimination and equality, and the right to privacy.
Critical Issues in American Government (3)
In-depth examination of the major problems confronting American society: race, poverty, housing, transportation, science policy, education, crime, taxation, and environmental policy. Focuses on the development and effectiveness of various policies in these areas.
Public Sector Personnel Policy (3)
Principles and techniques of government personnel systems; their organization and development; recruitment, selection, training, promotion, classification, and transfer policies; morale and employee relations; and the impact of public personnel policies on agency services.
Topics in Political Science (BA 1-6, BA 1-6)
Opportunity to work closely with an individual instructor to explore an issue or subject of common interest.
Rich Nations/Poor Nations (G) (3)
Comparative analysis of the foreign policies of developing areas dealing largely with economic, political, and historical determinants of foreign policy objectives within the context of domestic and world affairs. Emphasis on Asia, Saharan Africa, and/or Latin America.
Radical Politics (D) (3)
Political protest movements and the methods of radical political change.
Special Topics: Studies in Political Science (3,3)
Studies in special topics intended to involve students in advanced study and research. Subjects usually change from year to year.
Readings in Political Science (BA 1-4)
Closely supervised exploration of political subjects through the outstanding readings in the field. A tutorial relationship with the instructor.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Credits determined according to the outline of work adopted by student and instructor. Designed for students who are not participating in the Departmental Honors Program.
Honors Seminar in American Government and Public Policy (3)
Honors Seminar in International Politics (3)
Honors Seminar in Political Theory and Methodology (3)
Prerequisite: Admission to the honors program or special invitation.
Independent Study and Research (BA 1-6)
Credits determined according to the level of work agreed upon by student and instructor.