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  • CAS PO 396: Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality
    Analyzes notions of gender and sexuality. Questions include: Are gender and sexual identity natural, or are they social constructions? How are they related to love and desire? Also offered as CAS PH 256.
  • CAS PO 401: Internship in Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in BU's Study Abroad/Internship Programs.
    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 403: Internship in Comparative Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in BU's Study Abroad/Internship Programs.
    Internship conducted under the auspices of a BU Study Abroad program.
  • CAS PO 405: Internship in International Organizations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in BU's Study Abroad/Internship Programs.
    Placements could involve assignments in international or nonprofit organizations.
  • CAS PO 425: Seminar: State Building and Failure in the Developing World
    Considers the political significance of failed and fragile states in the developing world in the post-9/11 era. Students analyze historical patterns of state formation and its relevance in contemporary society. Also offered as CAS SO 439.
  • 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 494: 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 judgement 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 402.
  • 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 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 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. Introduces research design for a variety of social science applications, as well as data analysis, data visualization and statistical software.
  • 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.
  • CAS PO 505: Readings in American Politics
    Topics vary.
  • CAS PO 506: American Politics and the Separation of Powers
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111; or consent of instructor.
    Examines inter-institutional dynamics in the American system of separated powers. Explicit focus on the relationships between the president, Congress, and judiciary, and on the strategies each employs to affect political outputs. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 510.
  • CAS PO 507: Development of American Constitutional Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111 and CAS PO 304.
    A survey of the development of constitutional law and the exercise of power by the U.S. Supreme Court. The course is drawn entirely from decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the principal theme is the development of national constitutions and power. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 513.
  • CAS PO 508: The Judiciary and Civil Liberties
    First Amendment rights of speech, press, assembly, religion; rights of defendants in criminal cases; and the constitutional protection of racial minorities. Supreme Court decision-making processes and modes of compliance with its decisions are also considered. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 514.