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  • CAS PO 381: History of American Foreign Relations since 1898
    Meets with CAS HI 287. Analysis of the history of American foreign policy from the perspective of the changing world and regional international systems; emphasis on the effect of these systems and the impact of America on the creation and operation of international systems. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 366.
  • CAS PO 384: Global Governance and International Organization
    Meets with CAS IR 373. Provides an overview of major theoretical perspectives on the creation and function of international organizations, comparative case studies of selected organizations, and an examination of present and future roles of international organizations in selected issue areas. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 385.
  • CAS PO 391: Classical to Early Modern Political Theory
    A text-oriented study of the principal political ideas of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Machiavelli.
  • CAS PO 392: Modern Political Theory
    Intensive study of the political philosophy of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Classes are generally a combination of lecture and discussion but also include formal debates, guest lectures, and films.
  • CAS PO 393: The European Enlightenment
    Survey of the intellectual and social transformation of Europe from the 1680s to the French Revolution. Readings draw on both eighteenth-century sources (including Voltaire, Diderot, Condorcet, Lessing, Smith, and Hume) and recent work by historians. Also offered as CAS HI 215. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 395.
  • CAS PO 394: Catastrophe & Memory
    Examines the ways in which catastrophes, both natural and social, enter into cultural memory. Goal is to understand how events that seem to defy comprehension are represented in works of art and given a place in the memory of a culture. Also offered as CAS HI 221. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 397.
  • CAS PO 401: Internship in Politics Abroad
    Internship conducted under auspices of a BU Study Abroad program.
  • CAS PO 402: Internship in Politics Abroad
    Placements could involve assignments in government agencies, political parties, or with nonprofit organizations. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 452.
  • CAS PO 491: Directed Study in Political Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, stamped approval, and approval of the CAS Academic Advising Center.
    Directed study conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in Political Science.
  • CAS PO 492: Directed Study in Political Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, stamped approval, and approval of the CAS Academic Advising Center.
    Directed study conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in Political Science.
  • CAS PO 493: Independent Work in Political Science
    Open to upper division concentrators. Students have a minimum GPA of 3.2 with a 3.4 in the major plus the ability to do independent work in the judgment of the major faculty advisor. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 401.
  • CAS PO 495: Theories of Political Society
    Considers philosophical subjects relevant to politics, such as human nature and reason; qualifications of leadership; aims and means of civic education; and conceptions of law (man-made, natural, divine). Also offered as CAS PH 453.
  • CAS PO 496: Legal Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 350.
    A critical examination of ideas about the nature of law, duties of obedience and resistance, and legal interpretation, with an emphasis on modern theories. Because this course meets with a Law School course, its schedule follows the Law School's standard academic calendar. Also meets with CAS PH 455.
  • CAS PO 497: Crime and Punishment: Philosophical Perspectives
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PH 350; and two other philosophy courses.
    Study of fundamental issues in criminal law, including the theory and definition of crime; economic, utilitarian, and retributivist justifications of punishment; exculpating circumstances; the death penalty; and the relationship between law and politics. Also offered as CAS PH 458.
  • CAS PO 498: Marx and Marxism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy or consent of instructor.
    Philosophical foundation of Marxism and its development. Critical study of Marx's writings stressing questions of philosophy, political economy, science, and history. Emphasis on Marx's theory of relation of praxis to consciousness. Later (including contemporary) Marxists and critics. Also offered as CAS PH 418.
  • CAS PO 499: Political and Legal Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Examination of the individual's responsibilities under law, specifically of the idea that there is a general moral obligation to obey the law, including unjust law, and the contrasting idea of civil disobedience-- the possibility of morally justified resistance to law. Also offered as CAS PH 459.
  • CAS PO 500: The Politics of Education
    Overview of the origins of public schooling, the purpose of public education, and controversial educational policies and research. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 548.
  • CAS PO 502: Political Analysis: A Primer
    The logic and methods of empirical analysis in political science. Includes discussion of experimental, observational, ethnographic, and mass survey research designs. Recommended for students pursuing Honors reserach or considering graduate work in political science.
  • CAS PO 503: The U.S. in the Middle East
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
    Meets with CAS IR 503. Examines the historical development and present status of the United States' association with the Middle East: American commercial, economic, political, military, and humanitarian interests in the area and their interaction. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 570.
  • CAS PO 504: Public Policy Analysis: Issues, Concepts, and Tools
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 141; or consent of instructor.
    The analytical foundations of public policy analysis and the limitations on "rational" policy-making. An analysis of several controversial public policies (e.g., regulating the economy, immigration, health care reform) which may vary from year to year. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 641.