Description: Basic techniques used in quantitative political science research. The general linear model. Basic probability theory, ordinary least squares regression, and how to solve problems often encountered when conducting quantitative analyses in political science.
Description: The character of political science as a form of inquiry-what it seeks to know it and how it seeks to know it. The discipline of political science as a science; the meaning of concepts, generalizations, laws, theories and explanations; and concept formation and theory building as embodied in major studies of politics. Alternative understandings of the character and possibility of a science of politics.
Description: Professional development topics, teaching methods, grant writing and article writing.
Description: Literature in American governmental institutions, processes, policies, and law. Students required to do extensive reading in these areas. Introduces the beginning graduate student to the field of American government.
Description: The policy making role of the Congress including the institutionalization of the House and the Senate, an analysis of congressional behavior, the committee process, and the policy responsiveness of Congress.
Description: A significant public policy in American politics. Topics: science, technology, and public policy; or health politics.
Prerequisites: 12 hrs communication studies, or permission.
Description: Role of communication in the political process, with emphasis on communication strategies in political campaigns. Includes communication variables important in the political process, an application of communication theory and principles to political rhetoric, and analysis and criticism of selected political communication events.
Description: Intended for graduate students interested in a review of the field.
Description: Qualitative and quantitative approaches to public policy analysis. Nature of politics and policy, formation of public policy, analysis of policy content, methodological triangulation, participatory policy making designs, and the role of the analyst. Construct and implement a multi-method policy analysis for a local community agency.
Description: Supreme Court doctrine determining the distribution of powers within the national government and between the national government and the state governments.
Description: Supreme Court doctrine interpreting the First Amendment, covering freedom of speech, assembly, and association; freedom of the press; and freedom of religion.
Description: Supreme Court doctrine covering the rights of the accused, the right to privacy and the right to racial and sexual equality.
Description: Introduction to the relationship between the fields of biology and politics. The political implication of genetics, physiology, neuro-imaging, and evolutionary psychology.
Description: Interface of politics and economics in the international arena. Political dimension of international economic issues emphasized. Includes: liberal, mercantile, and radical approaches; theories of imperialism; dependency and interdependency; distribution of the global product; the global division of labor; the political aspects of markets; the politics of trade, aid, investment, multinational corporations, food, and energy.
Description: Extensive reading required. Rigorous survey of the literature in international relations, including international law and international organization. Intended to introduce the beginning graduate student to the field of international relations.
Description: Military action as an instrument of American foreign policy. Constitutional basis of the president's and Congress's war powers; assessments of the role of the White House, Congress, CIA, senior pentagon officials, the American public, and military alliances - NATO and coalitions of the willing - in supporting and directing the use of military action abroad; and the political and strategic consequences of various American applications of military force.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
Description: Topic varies.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission.
Open to students with an interest in international relations. Topics vary.
Description: Rules and principles accepted by the members of the community of nations as defining their rights and duties, and the procedure employed in protecting their rights and performing their duties.
Description: Development of international norms on human rights and attempts to implement those standards. Emphasis on political process, with attention to law, philosophy, economics, and culture. Coverage of the United Nations, regional organizations, private agencies, and national foreign policies.
Description: Selected issues in international law and organization. Content varies. Includes: US Senate's treatment of treaties, use of customary law by US courts, current cases before the World Court, leading legal issues handled by the UN Security Council and General Assembly, etc.
Prerequisites: Senior standing or permission.
Description: Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Description: Theories of natinalism and ethnic conflict. Case studies of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The post-Cold War era as multi-polar and multi-cilizational. The states and different cultures that compete for influence and authority to dominate the "New World order." The division of the world along ethnic, religious, and class lines rather than by ideology. The future of international politics and the reassessment of the causes of "conflicts of culture" and their containment.
Description: Israeli politics, society, and relations with its neighbors, particularly the Palestinians. Rise of Zionism and the Palestinian response to it; wars between Israel and Arab neighbors, and the eventual peace agreements between the two; the internal dynamics of Israeli political life; and state of Zionism today.
Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission.
Topical seminar required for all Latin American Studies majors.
Description: An interdisciplinary analysis of topical issues in Latin American Studies.
Description: POLS 879 is intended to introduce the beginning graduate student to the field of comparative politics. Survey of the field of comparative politics. General theory and methodology; issues and crises in a number of functional areas; participation and socialization; and the special problems confronting the area specialist.
Description: Students required to read extensively and to take a final examination. Rigorous survey of some of the major areas of concern in empirical and normative political theory.
Description: Internship in government agencies, quasi public agencies, private firms (profit and nonprofit), and other organizations.
Prerequisites: Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser.
Description: Advanced research in the relationship between biology and politics.
Description: Provides a foundational understanding of major developments in the 20th century, including colonialism and decolonization, great-power conflicts, world economy, and role of ideology. Incorporates perspectives of international relations, world history, and transnational history. Letter grade only.
Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair.