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  • CAS PO 548: Political Economy of China
    Meets with CAS IR 527. How did China implement economic reform? What were the progresses and limitations? How is China's political-economic development influencing the global system? Discussions are conducted in a comparative perspective. Countries of reference include Japan and India. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 527.
  • CAS PO 549: Problems and Issues in Post-Mao China
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing.
    Meets with CAS IR 585. An in-depth examination of politics in post-Mao China, this course focuses on several critical issues, uses various conceptual frameworks to try to understand why the reform process broke down and examines prospects for the future. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 558.
  • CAS PO 550: The State and Public Purpose in Asia
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: recommended: CAS EC 369.
    Meets with CAS IR 520. Explores how noncommunist Asian governments have attempted to advance public purpose, and how organizational factors in countries' governments affect their ability to do so. These questions are addressed in a comparative framework, considering theory and cases. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 562.
  • CAS PO 552: Japan in International Politics
    Meets with CAS IR 579. International and domestic influences on Japan's international behavior in the past as a predictor of Japan's future role in international politics. Covers Japan's role in the Cold War, post-war Asia, and the management of the global economy. Examines viability of the post-Cold War U.S.-Japan relationship. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 579.
  • CAS PO 553: Taiwan: Politics and Transformation
    Meets with CAS IR 582. Examines Taiwan's history, economic development, ethnic identity, democratization, and its controversial position in international politics as a key to understanding questions of political economy, democratic transition, and East Asian security. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 582.
  • CAS PO 554: Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
    Meets with CAS IR 501. Investigates patterns of conflict and cooperation in South and East Asia surrounding issues ranging from water resources and health to borders and war. Analyzes how such issues contribute to instability in the region, as well as methods of cooperation. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 530.
  • CAS PO 556: Islam in Middle East Politics
    Meets with CAS IR 509. Analysis of Islam in the classical and popular forms; examination of the role of the Muslim religion in the internal politics of the modern Middle East, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Libya; their interrelationships and their attitudes toward the West. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 573.
  • CAS PO 557: The Political Economy of National Security
    (Meets with GRS IR 610.) A seminar considering the relationship between economics and national security. The principal theme is the way economic factors fundamentally influence the national security of states, and the way those factors shape and constrain the strategies chosen to pursue that security.
  • CAS PO 558: War and Society in the Modern Age
    This course takes a state-oriented approach to understanding war in the modern age (as distinct from focusing on segments of the armed forces). How states fight wars and how changes in warfare affect the relationship between state and society.
  • CAS PO 561: Latin American Political Parties
    Meets with CAS IR 502. Parties and party systems of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Historical origins and labor incorporation. Populist, working-class, and hegemonic parties. Market reform and party system transformation or collapse. Ethnic parties, clientelism, rise of a new Left. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 509.
  • CAS PO 562: Political Economy of Latin America
    (Meets with CAS IR 590.) Historical and contemporary issues in Latin American political economy. Uses case studies and cross-regional comparisons to assess competing explanations. Analyzes the current political and economic situation facing Latin America in its quest for economic growth and development. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 550.
  • CAS PO 564: Latin American Politics
    Meets with CAS IR 567. The nature and evolution of politics in the region, with emphasis on twentieth-century patterns in specific countries. Considers the physical, historical, social, and economic constraints that have affected political development and the various explanations available to advance our understanding. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 567.
  • CAS PO 565: U.S.-Latin American Relations
    Meets with CAS IR 568. The international context within which Latin American countries operate, with primary emphasis on U.S. policy toward the region. Includes historical overview, the policymaking process itself, and case studies of specific policy issues. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 568.
  • CAS PO 566: Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Latin America
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing.
    Meets with CAS IR 411. Examines a range of historical and contemporary conflicts and wars in Latin America, both internal and regional, examining their causes and consequences, and the most important factors that explain how they were resolved or why they persist. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 411.
  • CAS PO 567: Democracy in Latin America and Its Challenges
    Meets with CAS IR 566. Provides an overview of democracy's achievements and challenges in Latin America. Draws comparisons between stable and unstable democracies in the region, and analyzes the reasons for, and implications of, these differences. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 580.
  • CAS PO 570: Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
    Meets with CAS IR 569. An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 560.
  • CAS PO 571: Government and Politics of Contemporary Africa
    Meets with CAS IR 534. Analysis of independent black Africa; factors of continuity and change in modern Africa, problems of political order, ambiguities of independence. Case studies of individual countries selected for additional emphasis on specific issues and problems of the developing countries. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 565.
  • CAS PO 575: Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy
    Examination of international crises from the perspective of the individual decision maker. Critical analysis and testing of the theoretical frameworks used to explain how states and statesmen behave in a crisis situation. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 576.
  • CAS PO 576: The Foreign Policy of the People's Republic of China
    Meets with CAS IR 577. Explores China's perception of its role in the world, its evolution from a regional to a world power, and its security and economic relationships within the international system. Relationships with the superpowers, Third World, and world economy, focusing on technology and capital transfers. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 578.
  • CAS PO 578: The United States as a World Power
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: juniors, seniors, and graduate students only.
    Meets with GRS HI 859. The course material is organized along a debate format. Although the course is primarily concerned with twentieth-century U.S. foreign policy, attention is also given to eighteenth- and nineteenth-century issues. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 674.