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  • 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 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 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 and CAS WS 396.
  • CAS PO 400: Washingtn Intrn
  • 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 408: Higher Education and American Political Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and one previous course in American politics or history; or consent of instructor.
    The history of American higher education and its relationship to the development of American society and state and critical problems in the larger U.S. context.
  • CAS PO 409: The Political Psychology of Group-Based Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and one previous course in political science or social psychology; or consent of instructor.
    The study of political psychology, integrating political science and social and cognitive psychology as it informs the dynamics of group-based politics, including especially race, gender, class, and political party affiliation. Also offered as CAS PS 512.
  • 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
    Honors in the major directed study.
  • CAS PO 494: Independent Work in Political Science
    Honors in the major directed study.
  • 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 501: Formal Political Theory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: PO 111, 141, 151, or 171. Calculus (MA 121,123, or 127) and probability (MA 113, 115, or 213) are helpful, but not required.
    Graduate Prerequisites: completion of BU Social Science Math Boot Camp. Some additional familiarity with calculus and microeconomics is helpful, but not required.
    A course on formal theory, covering decision theory, game theory, and social choice theory. Topics include spatial models, electoral competition, bargaining, deterrence, and signaling models.
  • 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.