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  • CAS PO 244: Small States and Security Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the Geneva Internship Program.
    Approaches to small states' security, with focus on Switzerland. General review of foreign, security, and defense policies. Switzerland?s evolution since the Cold War. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 446.
  • CAS PO 245: Nationalism in Spain in a European Context
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Madrid Spanish & European Studies Program.
    Examines Spanish national identity alongside minority national identities within Spain such as the Basque and Catalonian peoples. Compares the case of Spain with other national minorities across Europe. Examines non-state nationalisms from historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • CAS PO 246: Democratization: Its History and Future Challenges
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Washington, DC Internship Program.
    Meets with CAS IR 391E. Comparative perspective on the history of democracy and democratization. Explores conditions, catalysts, and processes of democratic change with a focus on current trends in the democratization debate. Special focus on Iran as a case study.
  • CAS PO 247: Politics, Nations, and Identity in the New Europe: Switzerland and the European Union
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Geneva Internship Program.
    (Meets with CAS IR 418 E.) Examines Switzerland in the context of European history through a structured comparison with France and Germany. Discusses the Swiss role in the history and rationale of the EU, the current eurozone crisis and plans for enlargement, and questions of migration.
  • CAS PO 260: The Australian Political System
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in Sydney Internship Program.
    Examines the Australian system and its institutions. Topics include the Constitution, governor-general, republicanism, the High Court, federalism, Parliament, the Executive, the role of the bureaucracy, the party system, interest groups, and the role of the media. (Taught in Sydney, Australia.) This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 350.
  • CAS PO 281: Natural Resource Politics in the Andes
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Lima & Ayacucho: Understanding Contemporary Peru program.
    The politics of minerals, oils, and natural gas extraction in the Andes. History of extractive industries: colonialism, foreign investment, nationalization, privatization. The resource curse and challenges of development. Resource-based conflict and current political issues in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • CAS PO 301: Presidential Leadership
    Presidential power and functions; relations with Congress, political party, and the public; personality and leadership; and comparative study of selected presidents. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 317.
  • CAS PO 302: Congress and Its Critics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111; or consent of instructor.
    Is Congress the "broken branch"? Can it be fixed? How congress works; legislative process; interactions with other branches; congressional elections; campaign finance; how Congress has changed and may evolve in the future. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the title "The Legislative Process in America" that was previously numbered CAS PO 311.
  • CAS PO 304: The Judicial Process
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111.
    Introduction to the judicial process. Topics include the role of lawyers and judges, the structure of the court system, juries, and legal reasoning. Primarily intended for students who have little or no exposure to law courses. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 315. (Offered alternate years.)
  • CAS PO 306: Media and Politics in the United States
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111; or consent of instructor.
    Examines changes over time in the American polity's assumptions about what the press ought to do. In particular, relates our understanding of the press's role to contemporary media developments including technological changes, corporate media ownership, and the re-amateurization of journalism. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 324.
  • CAS PO 309: Women and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS WS 213; or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS WS 350.) Readings, discussion, and field research on issues of women's relationship to the processes of political influence, change, and empowerment. Analysis of public policy related to women and children. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 342.
  • CAS PO 313: The Politics and Policy of HBO's The Wire
    HBO's television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities.
  • CAS PO 324: Comparative Public Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 141 or CAS PO 151.
    Meets with CAS IR 340. Comparative study of the public policies of advanced societies in such areas as health training, unemployment, poverty, and budget. Explores why countries develop different solutions to policy needs, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various national approaches. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 341.
  • CAS PO 325: Campaigns and Elections Around the World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 151; or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS IR 302. Electoral campaigns in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Changes in campaigns over time; role of international political consultants; influence of party systems, electoral systems, campaign finance regulation, vote buying, and mass media; campaign effects on voting behavior and public opinion. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 302.
  • CAS PO 327: Non-State Actors in International Relations
    Meets with CAS IR 333. Examines the important role of non-state actors in international relations. Non- state actors include subnational governments, international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, religious groups, violent groups, for-profit security firms, social movements, and grassroots organizations. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 333.
  • CAS PO 328: North-South Relations
    Meets with CAS IR 395. Employs a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the relations between the industrialized nations of the "North" and the developing nations of the "South." Addresses historical and current issues in North-South relations, including trade, investment, migration, regional economic integration, and the environment. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 352.
  • CAS PO 329: International Political Economy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102.
    Meets with CAS IR 390. Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 355.
  • CAS PO 331: The Policymaking Process
    An overview of policymaking in the United States and an exploration of the process, including obstacles faced, of political change. Toward the end of the semester, specific policy areas are analyzed to illustrate some of the broader topics.
  • CAS PO 332: Global Justice
    Charts the historical course of human development and inquires why the quality of life varies so dramatically in the world today. Geographic, economic, and political factors are explored.
  • CAS PO 341: European Politics
    Meets with CAS IR 362. Comparative study of politics in member states of the European Union, with emphasis on political development, institutions, major issues in contemporary politics, and the impact of European integration. Selective references to original and new member states of the EU. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 361.