Academic Year 2015-2016

Spring 2016 Term Course Offerings

POSC 110 American Political System (M4) MWF 8:55-9:45 Reynolds
POSC 120 Intro Political Thinking (M3) TR 10:20-11:30 Haddad
POSC 127 East Asia and The Future (M5) MW 10:20-11:30 Kato
POSC 210 US Workers/Global Economy (M4) TR 1:10-2:20 Olson
POSC 235 Cont European Politics (M4) TR 11:45-12:55 Lalande
POSC 240 Environmental Policy (U1) MWF 10:20-11:10
POSC 245 Politics of Third World W 6:30-9:30 Farbod
POSC 250 Contemporary Polticial Thought TR 1:10-2:20 Haddad
POSC 260 Critical Gender Studuies W 1:00-3:00 Haddad
POSC 292 Asian Political Thought MW 2:35-3:45 Kato
POSC 295 U.S. - Chinese Relations TR 10:20-11:30 Kato
POSC 327 Globalization & Social Movement TR 10:20-11:30 Farbod
POSC 386 Internship
POSC 401 Honors Project

Courses in Political Science
(refer to the course catalogue for semesters and times taught)

110. The American Political System. The American Political System. Operation of American political processes and governmental institutions. Political culture of American democracy, political philosophy of the Constitution, relationship between organization of the economy and political power, linkages between mass public and governing elites, and operation of institutions of national government. (M4) Reynolds

115. International Politics: How the World Works. Topics include world politics and your life, origins of modern world system, human rights, nationalism, terrorism, violence, modern warfare, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, United Nations, international law, global ecology, and north/south conflict. Attention to leaders of the three global blocs: United States, Germany, and Japan. Fall. (M4) Olson

120. Introduction to Political Thinking. How can we ask better political questions and provide better political answers? This course introduces students to the habits of mind of famous thinkers across the centuries: Plato, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, de Tocqueville, Students for a Democratic Society, and Hannah Arendt. Topics include personal choice, democratic citizenship, justice, and totalitarianism. (M3) Haddad

125. Introduction to Comparative Politics. A thematic approach to the study of politics in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. It exposes students to the diversity of the modern world, teaches methods for studying other countries comparatively, and emphasizes critical analysis. Topic selection varies by semester. (M5) Kato

127. East Asia and the Future. This course provides an introduction to national security, regional security, and politics in the East Asian region. The course will focus primarily on the major and middle Northeast Asian powers (China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, Taiwan, and the United States); however, there also will be substantive reference to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. It will consider a series of selected issues, including historical background; political economy; national and regional security; human rights; culture; and transnational linkages such as drugs, disease, oil, and war. (M5) 

130. The First Amendment. Issues of freedom of speech and expression. Supreme Court interpretations of the First Amendment, including major cases that have defined parameters of free speech in America. Philosophical debate about value of free expression in a democratic society. Topics include subversive speech and political dissent, protest speech, prior restraint, obscenity, libel, symbolic speech, hate speech, and provocation. May Term. Reynolds

210. U.S. Workers in the New Globalized Economy. What does "working for a living" mean today? What are prospects for good jobs in a world dominated by labor-displacing technology? Who should control the shape and purpose of technology? Do some people deserve better working conditions and more fulfilling jobs than others? How have workers organized to protect themselves? Should corporations have "rights"? What conditions prompt or retard class awareness and organization among workers, including bonds across national borders? Do global market forces produce the best outcomes for workers? Course addresses these and related questions. Spring. Two 70-minute periods. (M4) Olson

215. Modern Political Theory. Why should we obey the law? What makes state violence legitimate? Close textual investigations of the works of great modern political theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Marx, and Mill, with an emphasis on the social contract and its limits as a form of political foundation. Spring. Two 70-minute periods. Haddad

218. Basic Issues in Political Science. Scope and method of political science as a discipline. Defines the boundary of the political, surveys the major contemporary approaches to study of politics. Fall. Two 70-minute periods. Staff

220. American Constitutional Law. (Also Sociology 220) Role of the Supreme Court and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches of American political system. Attention to judicial decisions of constitutional and historic significance in development of American government. Recommended: Political Science 110 or Sociology 216. Fall, alternate years. Two 70-minute periods. Reynolds

221. Civil Liberties and the U.S. Constitution. (Also Sociology 221) Civil liberties of Americans as delineated in the Bill of Rights. Issues of freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, right to counsel, searches and seizures, self-incrimination, cruel and unusual punishment, and fair trial. Judicial policy-making and problem of individual freedoms in conflict with federal and local police powers. Alternate years. Staff

225. Congress and the Presidency. Organization and operation of legislative and executive branches; interaction between them. Attention to the rise of the administrative state and struggle for control of public policy. Fall, alternate years. Two 70-minute periods. Writing-intensive. Reynolds

235. Contemporary European Politics. Efforts to set up, organize, and implement the European Union, from the end of World War II to the present. Review of political, economic, and social factors that have influenced these efforts. Topics include national interests of the larger countries (Germany, France, and Great Britain); role of smaller countries; reunification of Germany; relations with the United States and Japan; recent enlargement of the EU to include central and eastern European countries. Special attention given to the creation, implementation, and meaning of the euro, the EU's common currency. Spring. Two 70-minute periods. (M4) Lalande

237. Public Administration and Public Policy. Principles and practice of public administration in the U.S. Organization and operation of executive branch and its role in formulation and implementation of public policy. Topics include organization theory, bureaucratic discretion, power and accountability, administrative process, budgeting, theories of decision-making, regulatory policy. Spring, alternate years. (M4) 

240. Environmental Policy. Contemporary American politics and policy on environmental issues. Current controversies in legislative and regulatory areas. Examination of environmental issues and the political process. Staff

245. Topics in the Politics of the Third World. Most recent focus has been on the Middle East: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, oil politics, Islam, U.S. policy in the region, with attention to Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Spring. Two 70-minute periods. (M5) Farbod

247. Introduction to Chinese Politics. An introduction to contemporary Chinese politics. Using scholarly articles, literature, journalistic accounts, and films, the course presents an overview of China in world history and then moves on to issues, groups, and individuals that animate current Chinese politics, including economic and political reforms, social and cultural problems, quality of life dilemmas, the new generation of leaders, foreign policy, and China's future. (M5) Kato

250. Contemporary Political Theory. Topics have included democracy, totalitarianism, existential political thought, Marxism, nationalism. Fall. Two 70-minute periods. Staff

257. Politics of Women's Rights in East Asia. (Also Women's Studies 257) Course explores the history and politics of women's rights in China, Japan, and Korea through readings, discussions, writing, interviews, videos, and debates. Focus will be on cultural and gender differences and the politics concerning women that emerge from the different written and visual sources covered. Writing-intensive. (M5) Staff

260. Critical Gender Studies. (Also Women's Studies 260) This advanced-level political theory course introduces students to scholarly texts, activist writings, and historical documents pertinent to feminist theory and masculinity studies. Selected readings also address multiculturalism, race, class, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity. Theories studied will vary by semester. This class exposes students to diverse approaches to the politics of sex and gender. Prerequisite: Political Science 120 or permission of the instructor. Haddad

292. U.S. - Chinese Relations. With China's rise, U.S. - China relations have become the most important bilateral relationship in the world. This course examines the evolution of the relationship, the two country's foreign policy and dialogue on human rights, trade and other major issues. The course examines the relationship in bilateral, regional and global contexts, drawing current hot issues as case studies. Topics include major cultural/perceptional differences affectin the relationship, the comparisons of "American Dream" vs. "China Dream" and rivalry/cooperation of the two global powers. Kato

295. Asian Political Thought. The course explores a wide ranfe of Asian political thought/philosophies - from ancient to contemporary - and their political implications. Ancient thought includes Confucianism, I Ching, Daoism, as well as military classics such as Sun Tzu and Samurai Code. What are the effects of these thought on Asian politics, business and foreign relations? Modern/contempoary thought includes Japan's Shinto facism, Maoism, Khmer Rouge Ideology, Den Xiaoping thought and others. The course discusses the interactions of these thought with Asia's nation-building, economic development, democracy and capitalism. Kato

310. The Politics of Personal Identity. Seminar on politics of family, ethnic, community, gender, workplace, lifestyle, education, class, and religious identities. Connection between forging an authentic identity and societal factors that present barriers to this pursuit. Course assumption is that marriage between self-knowledge and critical awareness of the world is essential. This requires examination of agencies by which sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia are reproduced and how these structures influence character development. Spring. One extended period. (U2) Olson

327. Globalization and Social Movements. This seminar covers the politics of Latin America, Asia, and Africa through reading and research. Provides the means and the methods to understand and analyze other countries. Topics change by semester and will include: women in the developing world, the politics of human rights, contentious politics, comparative revolutions, democratization and authoritarianism, states and social movements, comparative political transitions. Writing-intensive. (M5) Farbod

330. Topics in American Politics: Politics and Popular Culture. How popular culture shapes outcomes of American political process; how cultural processes structure comprehension and evaluation of politics; relationship between culture and political power; how political beliefs and values are manifest in the popular culture. Discussion of consumerism, violence, race and ethnicity, gender conflicts, and religion, as treated in television, movies, music, and the Internet. Spring, alternate years. Writing-intensive. (M4) Reynolds

340. Energy Policy. Explores how contemporary society uses energy and how its use is shaped by politics and public policy, especially how energy consumption and choices of energy technologies shape patterns of human settlement, structure of social life, distribution of income, and allocation of political power. Examines implications of energy choices for the viability of the environment, levels of personal freedom, and possibilities of democratic government. (U1) Reynolds 

347. Topics in Chinese Politics. Using scholarly articles, literature, journalistic accounts, and films, the course addresses a variety of topics that change by the term, including leadership, regime change, foreign policy, domestic politics, contentious politics, social movements and the state, women in politics, political economy, political and economic development, and the effects of globalization within China. Writing-intensive. (M5) Kato

348. Topics in Chinese Art, Culture, and Politics. A thematic approach to Chinese politics and cultural movements. Using scholarly articles, literature, journalistic accounts, films, and other materials, the course addresses particular topics each term, including political culture and pop culture, politics and the cinema, art and politics, culture and politics, politics and literature, and symbolic politics and social movement in China over the last century. Writing-intensive. (M6) Kato

355. Utopias, Dystopias, and Manifestos: The Imagination of Political Alternatives. This course introduces students to visionary political writing, including Thomas More's Utopia, Theodore Herzl's The Jewish State, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engel's The Communist Manifesto, and Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower. We will think about political theorists as writers and also engage in original writing. The work of this course culminates in the creation of original student political visions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher, and Political Science 120 or permission of instructor. (U2) Haddad

190-199, 290-299, 390-399. Special Topics.

286, 381-384. Independent Study.

288, 386-388. Internship.

400-401. Honors.