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  • CAS PO 579: Political Biography
    Political biographies and memoir literature used to evaluate twentieth-century international relations and statecraft. Topics vary but may include biographical literature related to World War II, the Cold War, and Third World political leaders. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 676.
  • CAS PO 582: North Atlantic/European Security Issues
    Meets with CAS IR 589. Examination of the post Cold War security environment in the North Atlantic and greater European context. Exploration of threats to security, mechanisms in place and emerging (NATO, CSCE, CFE, WEU), and challenges posed by changes since fall 1989. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 531.
  • CAS PO 583: Gender and War
    (Meets with CAS IR 518 and WS 345.) Examines gender constructions in world politics. Topics include gender biases in international relations theories, female and males roles in war, and rape as an instrument of warfare. Also assesses roles of women as leaders, actors, and objects of foreign policy.
  • CAS PO 586: Science Fiction and World Politics
    Uses science fiction literature as a starting point for an analysis of themes that concern scholars of present international relations, and those interested in imagining and making alternative political futures. Topics include causes of war, distribution of wealth and power, and consequences of nationalism. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 670.
  • CAS PO 589: Religion and International Relations
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    (Meets with CAS IR 561 and CAS RN 561.) Explores the role of religion in contemporary international relations in the context of questions about the common core of modernity. Reviews scholarly and policy literature, and case studies, in order to elucidate religion's intellectual and operational diversity in international relations.
  • CAS PO 591: Seminar in Political Philosophy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    An in-depth study of a major political philosopher, historical period, or topic in political philosophy. Topic for 2013/2014: TBA. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course by the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 691.
  • CAS PO 592: Enlightenment and Its Critics
    Meets with CAS HI 514 and PH 412. Explores how eighteenth-century criticisms of the Enlightenment have been taken up by twentieth-century thinkers such as Heidegger, Horkheimer, Adorno, Gadamer, and Foucault; discusses recent defenses of Enlightenment ideals of reason, critique, and autonomy by Habermas and others. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS PO 693.