Politics and International Affairs

114 – Comparative Government and Politics (3 credit hours)

Analysis of political institutions, processes, and policy issues in selected countries. Case studies are drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. (CD, D)

First Session Course:

  • 51761 – 12:15PM-1:30PM – KRBY 102, DeVotta

212 – U.S. Policymaking in the 21st Century (3 credit hours)

Examines the contemporary U.S. policymaking process. Special attention to ways issues become important and contributions of different political actors, institutions, and ideologies in the passage or rejection of policy proposals. Considers a range of social, economic, and regulatory policies

First Session Course:

  • 51763 – 10:50AM-12:05PM – KRBY 102, Dahill-Brown

242 – Topics in Comparative Politics: Islamophobia (3 credit hours)

Intensive study of one or more major problems in contemporary comparative politics. Course may be retaken for credit if topic varies.

First Session Course:

  • 51766 – 9:25AM-10:40AM – KRBY 102, DeVotta

250 – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and U.S. Policy since 2001 (3 credit hours)

Broadly addresses the phenomena of U.S. involvement in two ongoing conflicts—the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war. Focuses on the respective domestic and international politics and policies of the four main actors relevant to the conflicts: U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

Second Session Course:

  • 51557 – 12:15PM-1:30PM – KRBY 109, Kennedy

254 – U.S. Foreign Policy (3 credit hours)

Analyzes the historical and theoretical perspectives shaping U.S. engagement with the world past and present. Applies this understanding to current problems in U.S. foreign policy

Second Session Course:

  • 51769 – 10:50AM-12:05PM – KRBY 109, Walldorf

256 – International Security (3 credit hours)

Explores various theoretical approaches to security studies and contemporary security issues, with special attention to domestic variables, the use of force, strategic culture, weapons of mass destruction, the political economy of national security, and terrorism.

Second Session Course:

  • 51770 – 1:40PM-2:55PM – KRBY 109, Walldorf

259 – Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 credit hours)

Explores the nature and scope of the conflict with particular emphasis on the time period post-1967 and the respective policies of the three most significant actors in the conflict: the U.S., Israel, and Palestine

Second Session Course:

  • 50016 – 9:25AM-10:40AM – KRBY 109, Kennedy

280 – Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Overview of the qualitative and quantitative methods prominent in studying political science. Attention is given to the relationships between theory, method, and findings by focusing on the need to make systematic empirical observations. P—MST 109 must be taken before or concurrently with this course.

First Session Course:

  • 51438 – 1:40PM-2:55PM – KRBY 102, Wilkinson

287 – Individual Study (2- 3 credit hours)

Intensive research leading to the completion of an analytical paper conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Students initiate the project and secure the permission of an appropriate instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours, only three of which may count toward the major. P—POI.

First Term Course:

  • 50007 – POI only

288 – Directed Reading (2-3 credit hours)

Concentrated reading in an area of study not otherwise available. Students are responsible for initiating the project and securing the permission of an appropriate instructor. P—POI.

First Term Course:

  • 50008 – POI only

289 – Internship in Politics (2-3 credit hours)

Field work in a public or private setting with related readings and an analytical paper under the direction of a faculty member. Students are responsible for initiating the project and securing the permission of an appropriate instructor. Normally one course in an appropriate subfield will have been taken prior to the internship. P—POI.

Full Summer Course:

  • 51411– POI only, Galisanka

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