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  • CAS PO 511: American Electoral Behavior
    The scientific study of elections and political participation with emphasis on voting in U.S. presidential elections. Topics include partisanship, ideology, voter turnout, political participation, campaign organization and strategy, and the effects of campaigns on voters. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 524.
  • 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
    Analyzes the development of female citizenship in the United States since the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women's suffrage. Inequalities based on sex and sexuality, and the political and legal attempts to address these issues are discussed.
  • 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 524: Governance
    What is good governance, and what are its causes and effects? These questions, at the heart of political science since Aristotle, are addressed empirically through cross-national data and case studies. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the title "Democratic Governance" that was previously numbered CAS PO 521.
  • 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
    This course focuses on the problem of nationalism, distinguishing types, examining origins, and analyzing political, social, and economic implications. Emphasis in Spring 2016 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 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.
  • CAS PO 544: Nordic Europe
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Meets with CAS IR 552. Examines the role of Nordic countries in global politics. Addresses history from Viking Age to modern era, then turns to contemporary issues including relationship with the European Union, security cooperation, influence in international organizations and assistance to the developing world. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 529.
  • CAS PO 548: Political Economy of China
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    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.