Description: This course analyzes the major political institutions of the American political system at the federal and state levels, considers major public policy issues and the interests that influence policy making, examines the civil and political rights of American citizens under the Constitution, and evaluates the democratic system of campaigns and elections.
Description: The course is an introduction to the study of comparative politics. It will provide the basis for understanding and comparing different political systems, political histories, political attitudes, and political institutions. The course will introduce different approaches to and methodologies for comparing political phenomena. It will also familiarize students with global political geography, through map quizzes and current events.
Description: The course is a general survey of political theory, with a particular focus on the classical forms of government and major concepts in political ideologies. The four chief goals of the course will be to increase the students appreciation of political ideas and the particular ideas shaping Western Civilization (as a grounding for later explorations of non-Western traditions), to help students appreciate the contributions they can make to political life, to serve as a foundation for the departments upper level courses to follow, and to begin an inquiry into ethics and politics which will be continued in department seminars and the capstone senior seminar.
Description: This course is an introduction to the study of international relations (IR) between the states of the world. Students will explore such concepts as global interdependence, international political economy, foreign policy, and international conflict and cooperation. We will consider current problems such as the tension between globalism and nationalism, the problems of national security, conflict and migration, and the role of international organizations like the UN in resolving (or complicating) these matters.
Description: The course examines the executive and legislative branches of government, with particular emphasis on current controversies in presidential-congressional relations. Evaluating the constitutional duties and individual personalities of the politicians in each branch will give the course the opportunity to reflect on the distribution of power in the American political system. Prerequisite: PO 210.
Description: This course considers the Supreme Court as a major policymaker in the American political system. It will include an analysis of major doctrines of constitutional law through examination of the leading cases. Prerequisite: PO 210
Description: An examination of the legal protections of liberty in the First Amendment, including freedoms of speech, press, religion and assembly. These issues are explored through major court decisions, supplementary materials and class debates. Prerequisites: PO 210, PO 211. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: This course considers the role of law in a political society, and the importance of law to a democracy. Primary attention given to American legal institutions, such as state and federal courts, and especially the political dynamics of the Supreme Court. The major concepts of American jurisprudence are also examined, with consideration of relevant legal cases which help to illustrate those concepts.Prerequisite PO 210 or P.
Description: A systematic examination and evaluation of the main currents in American political thought as manifest in the key works of prominent thinkers. The course gives special attention to the role of democracy, capitalism and individualism as guiding ideologies, and uses a variety of materials to explore the development of current debates in American political life. Prerequisite: PO 210.
Description: In this course students will examine the creation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy with particular emphasis on the ethics of the policy process. The course will consider different public issues and help students develop professional skills used when selecting policy alternatives. Prerequisite: PO 210
Description: An introduction to the study of comparative political cultures and ideas of Western Europe. Political systems will be examined in historical perspective and include analysis of totalitarian interludes, the development of communist parties and contemporary issues. Prerequisites: PO 210, PO 211.
Description: A study of political institutions and processes in selected African countries. This includes an examination of such areas as decolonization, national integration, ethnicity. African socialism, the role of political parties, and the military. Prerequisites: PO 211, PO 230. (Not offered in 2002ñ2003)
Description: A comparative examination of ideological approaches to political life, with particular attention to the ways human societies have organized their political communities. Major political systems, such as democracy, socialism, communism, fascism and anarchism will be considered, as well as modern ideologies of feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism. Prerequisite: PO 211. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: This course explores different cultures and political institutions by focusing on the problem of ethnic conflict in a variety of countries and historical periods, but mainly in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. We will examine why and how ethnic and cultural factors lead to conflict, other explanations for conflict, and what institutions like governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations can do to resolve conflict. Prerequisite: PO 211. (Not offered in 20022003)
Description: This course will provide a general introduction to the criminal justice system in the United States. The primary goal of this course to provide a comprehensive survey of the criminal justice system?s response to crime. Topics of this course will follow five main components: 1.tThe American Criminal Justice System and Crime in America: definitions and models, crime classifications, measurement, causation and consequences. 2.tPolicing in America: historical components of law enforcement, constitutional and procedural law, policing at the local and federal levels, forensics, community policing, the broken windows theory of crime, ethics in criminal justice. 3.tAdjudication of the Law: the American Court System, players in the court system, sentencing, appeals and alternative court systems. 4.tCorrections: Institutional corrections, prison life, inmate rights and disenfranchisement, recidivism, community corrections, restorative justice, and parole. 5.tSpecial Issues: Juvenile justice, female offenders, criminal justice in the modern media, and current events in criminal justice. Through careful survey and analysis of above, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Students will learn to explore this field of social science by examining crime through a sociological, economical and public policy perspective.
Description: Criminalistics will introduce the student to the study of criminology and the scientific approach taken in solving crimes. Based solidly in the study of forensics, students will become familiar with the tools, methods and techniques available to Local, State and Federal investigators.
Description: This course will give students a critical understanding of the process of foreign policy making, with special attention to cross-?-cultural (particularly North-?-South) differences. Students will study the factors and actions that influence decision making, including leadership, the roles of blocs and alliances, the significance of new issues such as environmental concerns, and the influence of culture on foreign policy making. Students will explore how foreign policy has changed since the end of the Cold War and what challenges will have to be confronted in the new century. Prerequisite: PO 230
Description: This course explores the process of political development by exploring the following issues: the rise and evolution of the state in the modern era; the development of political culture (e.g. attitudes towards authority; the influence of ideology and religion, the role of nationalism); the growth of political institutions, including bureaucracies, political parties, and electoral systems; the transition to democracy. It will expose students to political development in the context of conquest and colonization, and will focus on the experiences of developing countries, although the political history of Western Europe and the U.S. will be used for comparative purposes. Prerequisite: PO 211. (Not offered in 20022003)
Description: The course examines the interrelationship between politics and economics, with special focus on emerging patterns of global economy profoundly affected by new information technologies, transfers of financial capital and the policies of nation-states. The fortunes of select individual nations and entire regions will be considered. The course is offered in rotating sections, focusing on the rise of the Pacific rim, Open Society and its enemies, and Latin America. Prerequisite: PO 211.
Description: An examination of the principles and rules of laws which regulate the conduct of nations in their mutual relations. Such topics as international person, nationality, rights of aliens, diplomatic recognition, treaty law and law of sea will be included. Prerequisites PO 210, PO 211. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: This course is designed to give students a full understanding of international organizations, with a particular focus on the United Nations. Students will develop a critical understanding of the history and role of regional and global organizations. Prerequisite: PO 230.
Description: This course will examine competing ideas about international relations and analyze the factors that influence states in the international system. The class will explore different models of foreign policy decision-making and apply these perspectives to case studies such as World War I, the Persian Gulf War, the war in the former state of Yugoslavia, and international migration. Prerequisites: PO 230. (Not offered in 2002ñ2003)
Description: The course examines in depth the cutting-edge issues of international relations that profoundly affect our lives: revolution in information technology and transnational corporations, and their impact on workplace; political conflicts precipitated by world population explosion, struggle for scarce resources, North vs. South rivalry, environmental pillage; problems of post Cold War world order, nuclear proliferation, civilizational, ethnic and nationalistic clashes, human rights, immigration and multiculturalism, etc. Methodological approach: peace and justice conflict resolution. Prerequisite: PO 230 and at least two courses from PO 330, PO 337, PO 338, PO 345.
Description: The course deals with the outstanding issues between the Global North and the Global South. The political, technological, economic and demographic differences between the Global North and the Global South constitute the key categories of North-South Issues. The course will examine these issues in depth and explore possible avenues for resolving the North-South conflicts with peace and justice via reasoned approximation and accommodation rather than resorting to arms. Prerequisite: PO 230. (Not offered in 2002-2003)
Description: The objective of this course is to present a survey and overview of the criminal corrections system in the U.S. It will analyze the institutions, functions, processes, and mission of the correction system. Topics will include the history of penology and prisons, theories about punishment and incarceration, prison culture and staffing, prison litigation, new trends in rehabilitation, probation and parole, privatized versus public and correctional facilities, and careers in corrections.
Description: A critical evaluation of certain salient issues to assess the quality of lives of ordinary people and the quality of leadership in contemporary American democracy. Such issues as education, health, welfare, civil liberties and foreign policy will be critically evaluated in terms of each students normative stand. (Required for all seniors in Political Science major.)
Description: In examining critical issues of American politics, the seminar participants will confront contrasting points of view about democracy and freedom, capitalism and competitiveness, critical foreign policy issues, individual rights vis-·-vis public interest, as well as globalization vis-·-vis distributive economic justice. We continue to face the challenge of thinking straight, clarifying our values, and articulating with persuasiveness. Honestly confronting these issues is critical to our delineating and refining our own normative perspective that informs our morally defensible political action. The seminar builds on the American politics electives and serves as a capstone course for the American politics field. Prerequisites: PO 210 and at least two courses from PO 306, 312, 315, 316.
Description: This seminar will examine the intersection of politics and sports and the various issues associated with these topics. Sports occupy an important place in our society making them politicized. Sports often reflect the intense emotions often associated with nationalism, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, and gender, as well as with the politics of identity. Sport may be viewed as a glimpse of bigger societal issues. A comparative and multinational exploration of the politics of sport will clarify many of these concepts. This course will examine various countries and sports in order to achieve a wide range of understanding of the globalization of sports and politics. --
Description: The Law! It is both majestic and puzzling, while it can also frustrate at the same time. Without question, though, it is an essential feature of human existence. All societies, at whatever level of sophistication, have created bodies of law and institutions and modes of decision-making between governmental and legal institutions. Questions about justice, fairness, equity nearly always have a legal component. In this seminar, we will cover a wide range of issues that highlight the interaction between law, court cases, social trends, and politics. It will consist of an in-depth analysis of several major legal-governmental issues that greatly affect the lives of American systems. Thinking critically about the role of justice and how it should be applied in our lives and roles as citizens will be especially explored in this seminar.