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  • CAS PO 505: Readings in American Politics
    Two topics are offered Spring 2017. Students make take one or both for credit. Section A1: Higher Education and American Political Development. 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. Prerequisites: junior standing and a course on American politics or history. Section B1: Political Psychology of Group-Based Politics. 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.
  • 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.
  • CAS PO 513: Interest Groups, Public Opinion, and the Policy Process
    Focuses on public opinion and interest group activities as they affect the policy-making process in the United States. Attention is paid to the role of the media, of lobbying, of litigation, and of the electoral process. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 544.
  • CAS PO 515: American Politics and Use of Force
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 111; and junior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Examines how domestic politics drive the use of force in the postwar United States. Explores how Congress, courts, interest groups, media, and public opinion define Presidential action in times of crisis, as well as the kinds of crises that evoke action. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 518.
  • CAS PO 516: Gender and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or above.
    Analyzes the relationship between gender and politics, law and policy primarily in the United States. Considers inequalities based on gender and sexuality, women's changing political, gender- and sexuality-based political action and social movements. Also offered as CAS WS 516.
  • CAS PO 517: Urban Politics and Policy
    Explores the impact of American urban politics on the implementation of local policy. Topics include deindustrialization, white flight, neighborhood effects, housing policy, schools, regionalism, and factors that constrain policy-making capacities. Also offered as CAS AA 517.
  • CAS PO 520: Readings in Public Policy
    Topics vary.
  • CAS PO 522: American Politics and Social Policy
    This course analyzes the historical development of American social policies, and the ways in which they have mitigated and exacerbated inequalities based on gender, race, and sexual orientation. Also discussed is the role social issues play in American politics.
  • CAS PO 525: Bureaucracy and Governance: A Comparative Inquiry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS IR 513.) Bureaucracy is not only credited with underpinning economic development but also blamed for corruption and inefficiency. Exploring both theory and comparative development, this course looks at some of the most basic and important issues informing our understanding of governance. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 546.
  • CAS PO 528: Seminar: The Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with GRS IR 723. Surveys forces contributing to national differences in social and economic policy; identifies current challenges to state sovereignty, such as globalization and immigration; and examines how nations from different welfare state regimes are coping with these threats to the nation state. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 621.
  • CAS PO 529: Globalization and Contemporary Capitalism in Advanced Industrialized Nations
    Meets with CAS IR 596. Considers the impact of globalization on advanced industrialized nations. Explores global and regional governance of finance, trade, and multinationals. Examines changes in national economic practices in Europe, Asia, and the US, and their effects on jobs, inequality, welfare, and democracy. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 538.
  • CAS PO 533: Globalization of Nationalism
    Focuses on the problem of nationalism, distinguishing types, examining origins, and analyzing political, social, and economic implications. Emphasis in Spring 2017 is on nationalism's spread into territories in Asia, specifically China, and under the cover of religion (e.g., ISIL) and secular social movements (e.g., "June Days" in Brazil).
  • CAS PO 535: European Integration
    Meets with CAS IR 550. Explores present, past, and potential future of the European Union. Investigates who is in charge and who matters in policymaking and politics. Examines a wide range of EU policies, including economics, security, and trade, and their impact on EU member-states. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 525.
  • CAS PO 536: Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, and the Welfare State
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS IR 551. The past, present and future of "social Europe." Impact of European economic and political integration on national identities, cultures, politics, and citizenship; EU policies affecting these social constructions; and changes over time in the welfare state. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 528.
  • CAS PO 537: The British Political System
    Meets with CAS IR 537. Links developments in U.K. politics to broader themes in comparative politics, ranging from identity politics to the evolution of bureaucracies, parties, and voting behavior. Examines the general failure to export the Westminster model in the aftermath of colonialism.
  • CAS PO 539: Topics in European Politics and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS IR 452. Explores European politics through the lens of culture, using materials from literature, film, and the social sciences, including live sessions with European writers/artists. Topic for Spring 2013: Critical Moments and Memory in Europe. Includes the shadows cast by the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, and post-Communist transitions, as well as economic dislocations and immigrations. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 584.
  • CAS PO 540: Prohibition, Regulation, and Bureaucracy
    The American experience of Prohibition is used to understand a variety of political and policy issues, including the War on Drugs, crime and law enforcement, bureaucracies, regulation, taxation, and social movements.
  • CAS PO 542: Immigration: Politics and Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Immigration has become a subject of much debate and controversy in democratic polities. This course explores the politics, economics, and social consequences of immigration policies across a number of countries, including European states and the United States.